According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, more than 80,000 individuals live in nursing homes in this state alone. It is the Department’s job to make sure that the more than 700 facilities providing care to these residents are following all of the rules.
Each month, surveys are taken of various facilities, which is an inspection to check overall building safety and patient care. If it is found that the nursing home is failing to properly care for residents or if hazards are discovered in the building, the Department of Health takes action. Fines can be issued and the Department can even place a ban on admissions or revoke a license.
If a license is revoked or the nursing home is placed on a provisional license, the nursing home must then submit a correctional plan and make all of the necessary changes in order to return to a regular license. The facility administration can also expect surprise inspections after that.
The Department has reported that so far this year, a total of 19 provisional licenses have been issued and $2.1 million dollars in fines have been issued. In some instances, the issues that resulted in a fine or provisional license were found on random inspection, however, the Department has reported that there has been an increase in the number of complaints received, possibly because of the new acceptance of anonymous complaints.
How Can I Report Abuse Or Neglect In A Nursing Home?
There are several ways that anyone can reach out to the Department of Health regarding suspected abuse or neglect at a nursing home. You can find the Department’s email, phone number, fax number, physical address, and an online complaint form on their website.
While the work that the Department does is wonderful and their increased attention to the issues in nursing homes will ensure that thousands are saved from physical and emotional pain, the action the Department takes will not compensate residents.
If you or a loved one have suffered in a nursing home because of neglect or abuse, contact an attorney who can fight for full financial compensation.
What Good Can Come From Filing A Nursing Home Lawsuit?
When abuse or neglect occurs the victim, who is often unable or too afraid to speak for themselves, suffers. This suffering isn’t just temporary – physical and emotional trauma can result in serious health conditions in a patient who is already ill.
The cost of providing medical care for these victims can be quite expensive and it’s not fair to make a patient and their family pay for the care they wouldn’t have needed if they had been treated properly in the first place.
A nursing home lawsuit can ensure full compensation for past and future losses, such as medical care, emotional trauma, and physical pain. Securing this compensation is not easy, however, because nursing homes regularly hide or destroy important evidence.
An attorney can ensure that this evidence is preserved and can fight aggressively for justice.
PA Nursing Home Lawyers – Two Decades Of Experience Protecting Nursing Home Residents
At PA Nursing Home Lawyers, our legal team believes that every nursing home resident should receive the best care possible. We’ve helped thousands of plaintiffs recover the compensation that they deserve and we’ve helped them stand up to those who caused them harm.
We encourage you to contact our law office for your free consultation today.