Last Updated: July 28, 2016
The following PA and NJ nursing home abuse and neglect frequently asked questions (FAQs) library is brought to you by the injury lawyers at Nenner & Namerow, P.C. The library includes common questions and top issues family members have regarding PA and NJ nursing home abuse and neglect cases. This FAQ library is for information only and is not a substitute for legal advice.
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PA & NJ Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect FAQs
- Abuse & Neglect in PA Nursing Home – Residents Losing Weight A loved one’s father is in a PA nursing home and has been losing a lot of weight. When asked, the father says he doesn’t get a lot of food and doesn’t want to talk about it. The family member suspects his father is neglected and asks what he can do.
- PA Nursing Home Fall from Bed Accidents An elderly woman suffers a broken arm after a fall accident at a Pennsylvania nursing home outside of Philadelphia. A family member suspects that nursing home employees were not there to help her and asks about what she can do in this situation.
- Pennsylvania Nursing Home Injury FAQ: Legal rights after a nursing home injury accident My mother is in a nursing home in Pennsylvania and was injured in an accident. What are her legal rights? Read the answer, by a PA & NJ nursing home injury lawyer.
- PA Nursing Home Negligence Law: Are you eligible for financial compensation? A son or daughter suspects that their mother is neglected in a Philadelphia nursing home and wants to know whether their mother can be financially compensated for the neglect.
- Nursing Home Assault Q&A: Is the nursing home liable? A woman lives in a nursing home in Pennsylvania and was assaulted by another nursing home resident. Her children want to know what her legal rights are in this situation. Read answer here by a PA and NJ nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer who was rated “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” by ASLA.
- Nursing Home Neglect Q&A: Proving negligence Oftentimes family members suspect that their loved ones are neglected or abused in PA nursing homes. The answer discusses how family members prove neglect and abuse.
- PA Nursing Home Abuse – Bed Sores – A woman in a PA nursing home has a lot of bed sores. Her loved one suspects that she is being neglected, but is worried that if she says anything, her mother will be treated worse. The answer discusses what the loved one should do in such a situation.
Steps to Take If You Suspect a Loved One is Neglected or Abused in a PA or NJ Nursing Home
Loved One in Immediate Danger
If your loved one is in immediate danger, you should call the police or 911. In addition, you may file a police report if your loved one was physically harmed.
Loved One Not in Immediate Danger
If your loved one is not in immediate danger, you should report the suspected abuse to the nursing home administrator. However, family members may hesitate to take action in such instances because they are afraid their loved one may be treated worse. For example, an elderly woman who doesn’t get her meals sometimes may not get any of her meals after a report is made. Family members may also be afraid that if they report to the administrator, their loved one may be asked to leave the nursing home. If family members do not have the funds to move their loved one to another nursing home facility, their loved one would not receive the 24 hour care they need. Though these are legitimate fears, nursing homes cannot legally retaliate against residents after a complaint is made.
Where to Report PA Nursing Home Abuse
You can file a report with the local Ombudsman’s office. Pennsylvania’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program protects the rights and quality of life for PA nursing home residents. Once a report is made, a state investigation will be conducted.
You can call the PA Department of Health’s Nursing Home Hotline – 800-254-5164. The toll free number is open 24 hours a day. Callers have the option to leave a voicemail as well.
You can call the Department of the Auditor General to report your suspicions of nursing home abuse or neglect. Toll Free: 800-922-8477
Where to Report NJ Nursing Home Abuse
You can file a report with the New Jersey Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly. To file a complaint, call the toll free line at 877-582-6995. Complaints may also be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talk to a PA or NJ Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer
It is best to also talk to an experienced PA or NJ nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer about your loved one’s case. You want to understand your loved one’s legal rights and take the right steps to ensure you are protecting your loved one’s rights. Sometimes, investigations may drag on, and it is helpful to have a lawyer on your side to help you through the process.