With the advent of new medical technology, people are living longer and more productive lives. It is an accepted fact that, on average, the American population is aging. The number of elderly persons (those 65 years or older) numbered approximately 40 million in 2009 and represented approximately 13% of the U.S. population. By the year 2030, it is estimated that there will be about 72 million elderly persons in the United States.
As people live longer they, more and more frequently, end up in nursing homes or assisted living facilities because their family members cannot take care of them. When you make the tough decision to send a parent or loved one to a nursing home, you trust that those managing the facility will take proper care of them. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents suffer serious injuries or are killed as a result of neglect or abuse by those who are supposed to care for and protect them. Attorney Brent Wieand represents victims who have experienced the trauma of nursing home abuse or neglect in North Philadelphia. He can help assist you with properly handling a legal claim against the nursing home facility that provided inadequate care.
Attorney Brent Wieand handles claims against nursing homes that involve abuse, neglect, or medical malpractice. The federal government defines nursing home abuse as “the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain or mental anguish.” This definition of abuse includes physical, sexual and psychological abuse.
Nursing home neglect is different from abuse. Neglect is defined as the failure to provide services essential to a person’s health and safety. This includes providing necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, supervision and medical care. Such failures can be intentional or simply carelessness. Neglect, often resulting from inaction or indifference, is the result of failing to provide a reasonable level of care. One of the most common forms of nursing home neglect occurs when nursing staff fail to periodically turn a bed-bound nursing home resident. When the staff fails to rotate a bed-ridden senior, the resident may develop bedsores which are also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcer. If left untreated, these bedsores may lead to serious injuries such as infection or the amputation of a limb.
Attorney Brent Wieand lives in Center City and practices law throughout Philadelphia County. He is very experienced with Philadelphia’s civil justice system and provides high-quality and aggressive legal representation to clients who were injured due to poor nursing home care in North Philadelphia. Attorney Brent Wieand has helped families and seniors throughout the city including in the neighborhoods of Allegheny West, Cheltenham, Fairhill, Hunting Park, Kensington and Port Richmond.
Nursing home facilities are monitored by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. One of the requirements for Pennsylvania Nursing Homes requires that facilities have set of policies and procedures in place that will prevent abuse and neglect of its residents. The failure to have these policies in place can serve as grounds for a lawsuit against the nursing home. You should ensure that your loved one is protected by such a policy if they are a resident in one of the local nursing homes including:
Girard and Corinthian Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Philadelphia Protestant Home
700 E Gilham St
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Marwood Rest Home, Inc.
1018-20 Oak Lane Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19126
Cheltenham Nursing and Rehab Center
600 W Cheltenham Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19126
York Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
7101 Old York Road
Oak Lane, PA 19126
If you’re worried about abuse or neglect at a North Philadelphia facility, don’t wait another day. To set up a free and confidential case evaluation, call nursing home abuse lawyer Brent Wieand at (215) 666-7777 today.
Disclosure: Attorney Brent Wieand’s office is located in Philadelphia, PA. We happily serve clients throughout all of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.