Philadelphia Nursing Home Injury Lawyer

Nursing home injury lawyerOur Philadelphia nursing home injury lawyer represents people injured by nursing home abuse and/or neglect. Common but preventable nursing home injuries caused by medical malpractice, other negligence, or deliberate abuse include:

  • bed sores/pressure
  • sores/pressure ulcers
  • injuries or death from falls
  • injuries due to inadequate nutrition
  • medication errors and other negligent medical care
  • inadequate staffing, protocols, supervision, and security
  • negligent staff
  • staff or other resident abuse

Nursing Home Bed Sores

Cases handled by a Philadelphia nursing home injury lawyer frequently involve severe bed sore injuries. Bed sores are also referred to as:

  • pressure sores
  • decubitus ulcers
  • pressure ulcers
  • bed ulcers

Bed sores are damage to skin and underlying tissue from:

  • prolonged lying or sitting in the same position
  • extended pressure on a particular body part

In some cases, the injury penetrates deep below the surface, involving the bone, muscle, and/or internal organs. Limb loss, severe infection, and/or death can result in the most serious of cases.

Residents who are unable to move are dependent on adequate care from staff and medical personnel to prevent these devastating and sometimes permanent injuries. Nursing home residents can easily develop pressure sores when staff members and medical personnel:

  • leave patients with mobility limitations in beds, chairs, or wheelchairs without regular repositioning
  • fail to provide residents with adequate nutrition and fluids to maintain healthy skin
  • fail to provide adequate medical care for conditions that may contribute to skin breakdown or damage

Nursing Home Falls

Nursing home residents often sustain serious injuries or die from falls that could have been prevented with proper care. The CDC estimatesM that falls account for at least 1800 nursing home deaths every year. Residents who survive falls may suffer severe and sometimes permanent injuries, including:

  • organ damage
  • brain damage
  • spinal cord damage and paralysis
  • fractures, including fractures to hip and spine
  • Fall injuries can be slow-healing and debilitating. The effects can diminish a resident’s quality of life through reduced mobility, chronic pain, and infection.

Negligence on the part of the nursing home staff or a nursing home, itself, that can lead to residents’ falls includes failure to:

  • timely respond to residents’ alarms
  • provide residents with needed assistance with baths, getting out of bed, and other activities unsafe for residents with reduced mobility or balance
  • adequately light hallways and rooms
  • maintain slip-free surfaces
  • provide walkers and wheelchairs when needed
  • provide adequate security to prevent residents from wandering to areas conducive to falls
  • provide railings, bars, and other needed assistance devices

Nursing Home Infections

According to the CDC, between 1 and 3 million serious infections occur yearly in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, causing up to 380,000 deaths. In addition to infections from bed sores, infections and infectious illnesses resulting from negligent medical care in nursing homes include:

  • sepsis
  • Clostrim difficile (C. Diff)
  • Staphylococcus (Staph) infections
  • urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • necrotizing fasciitis
  • pneumonia

Contact a Philadelphia Nursing Home Injury Lawyer

If you or loved one think they may have a case towards a nursing home reach out to one of the PhillyLaw attorneys for a free case review. Our attorneys treat clients like they are family and will they always receive one-on-one representation. If medical malpractice or negligence contributed to the injury, you may be entitled to compensation.