Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

The professionals at the Law Offices of Leon Aussprung, MD, LLC, are experienced with protecting the rights of the elderly in nursing homes, personal care homes, and assisted living facilities.

Our elderly and their families have rights that are often ignored and violated by nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. In some cases, this is because nursing homes place facility profits above resident care. As a nursing home resident’s loved one, you have the right to protect their dignity and self-respect.

Many facilities are under-staffed, so the residents do not get the care required to remain healthy. In addition, staff is often under-trained and unqualified, and doesn’t always have sufficient supplies. Nursing homes are often dirty, smelly, and unpleasant, too. All of these issues can lead to neglect, abuse, and injuries.

A nursing home is required by law to provide for the safety, protection and health of your loved one. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents suffer neglect and abuse. In fact, one study reports 24% of families say their family member experienced at least one incident of physical abuse by nursing home staff.1

Your family’s complaints to nurses or administrative staff may have been ignored, which resulted in both frustration and injury to your loved one. As nursing homes struggle to provide quality care while turning a profit, nursing home neglect and abuse will only continue – despite efforts by even the best staff and administrators to avoid it.

At the Law Offices of Leon Aussprung, MD, LLC, our team of experienced attorneys has handled hundreds of nursing home lawsuits against many of the nursing homes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, many resulting in six-figure settlements. We serve families in New Jersey and across Pennsylvania, from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, Scranton, Allentown, Bethlehem, Reading, Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, and everything in between.

If you feel a loved one has suffered neglect or abuse in a nursing home, personal care home or assisted living facility, please contact our firm. We would be glad to discuss your case.

Our typical nursing home neglect and abuse cases involve the following types of injuries:

  • Bed sores and pressure sores
  • Falls
  • Broken bones
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition/weight loss
  • Infection
  • Poor hygiene
  • Verbal abuse
  • Physical/sexual abuse
  • Medication errors
  • Under staffing
  • Physical/chemical restraint (the improper use of medication)
  • Coma
  • Death

Our lawyers bring experience and compassion to each case. Leon Aussprung M.D., J.D., LL.M. is an experienced trial attorney who was a board-certified physician for 14 years. He practices law in the areas of medical malpractice; catastrophic personal injury; and wrongful death cases, including car/truck accidents, premises liability, workplace injuries and product liability. He has also represented whistleblowers in health care fraud and abuse cases.

In addition to his work as an attorney, Irwin L. Lifrak, M.D., J.D., has practiced medicine for more than 25 years and is board-certified in internal, addiction, and occupational and environmental medicine. He practices law in New Jersey.

James E. Hockenberry, Esquire, concentrates his practice in medical malpractice and other personal injury civil litigation, including premises liability and motor vehicle accidents, as well as civil rights claims. He has been lead trial counsel in numerous jury trials across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, from Washington County to Philadelphia.

We are here to help. To discuss how we can, please feel free to contact our firm.

  1. Physical abuse of older adults in nursing homes: a random sample survey of adults with an elderly family member in a nursing home ↩︎

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