Roles And Responsibilities Of The Nursing Staff At A Pennsylvania Nursing Home

If you or a loved one was subject to nursing home neglect during a stay at a nursing home, it may be confusing how it happened and who was at fault. The nursing staff at the nursing home have different training, roles, and responsibilities so not all may be equally culpable. Below are summaries of … Read more

Is Your Attending Doctor At Fault For Your Nursing Home Injury?

When you or a loved one suffer a serious injury at a nursing home in New Jersey, you will likely focus on the nursing staff for being at fault. The nurses at the home are the ones who regularly treat you and with whom you have the most contact. However the person who is ultimately … Read more

Do You Have A Malpractice/Negligence Claim For Bed Sores?

Every year, many patients die from a facility acquired bed sore because of poor medical care or improper monitoring. Bed Sores, also known as pressure ulcers, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, are preventable wounds caused by unrelieved pressure on the skin. They may be a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, or hospital negligence. … Read more

How Much Staff Must A Nursing Home Have?

Nearly 1.4 million people are cared for in nursing homes.  As reported by PBS news according to federal records, since 2014, health inspectors have cited numerous nursing homes for having too few nurses. In fact this past year federal data, analyzed by Kaiser Health News, show that numerous nursing homes have fewer nurses and caretaking … Read more

Can You Sue A Nursing Home For A Death From A Surgical Site Infection?

Nursing homes do not just serve as a permanent residency for elderly people who can no longer live on their own.  They also serve as a temporary residency for anyone who cannot return home after undergoing surgery in a hospital.  Here they serve as a rehabilitation facility for people of all ages until they can … Read more

How Nursing Homes Can Be at Fault for a Slip and Fall

A slip and fall at a nursing home can be devastating given the circumstances why someone is a resident there.  You can have an elderly family member for whom a slip and fall can be a devastating and life altering event.  Or you or a family member could be in the nursing home because you … Read more

How to Get Punitive Damages in Malpractice and Nursing Home Claims

Punitive damages can be difficult to achieve in any case, but especially so in medical malpractice cases.  This is because ordinary negligence, or even gross negligence, does not entitle a plaintiff to a punitive damages award.  In order to be awarded punitive damages a plaintiff must establish that the defendant has acted in an outrageous … Read more

A Nursing Home Must Notify a Resident’s Doctor and Family of Significant Changes to that Resident

If a member of your family has an accident or significant change in their medical condition – such as declining health, bed sores, etc. – while a resident at a nursing home, it must notify both your doctor and you by statute.  According to the Nursing Home Reform Act §483.10(g)(14) a nursing home must immediately … Read more

Guide To Residents’ Rights at Nursing Homes

If your family member or loved one is staying at a nursing home they have rights under the Nursing Home Reform Act, otherwise known as the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA), 42 CFR 483, et. seq.  This includes the right to be treated with respect and dignity (42 CFR 483.10(e)).  This means that … Read more

How to Report Nursing Home Neglect to the Department of Health

If you feel that a loved one died or was seriously injured due to a nursing home’s neglect one of the first things you should do is contact your state’s Department of Health.  Most states have a number, fax, email, or online complaint form you can fill out to report nursing home neglect. In Pennsylvania … Read more