The Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., Discuss Nursing Home Risk Assessment

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A recent situation in western Pennsylvania highlights the considerable importance of risk assessment and patient screening processes in nursing homes throughout the state.

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Unfortunately, poor screening and supervision is an all too common issue at many nursing homes and other care facilities. The consequences of these failures can, in some cases, be devastating, as this incident highlights.

The Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., are dedicated to helping the victims of nursing home abuse and as such, are concerned about a recent situation in western Pennsylvania that highlights the considerable importance of risk assessment and patient screening processes in nursing homes throughout the state. A 71-year-old resident of the Maplewood Personal Care Facility in Ambridge was sexually assaulted by another resident who had recently been transferred to the care home from an unnamed locked facility. Staff at the care facility had recently determined that the alleged rapist did not demonstrate signs of aggression or require supervision (http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/state-cites-ambridge-care-home-where-patient-was-r/nR668/).

As a result of this incident and a subsequent review by the Department of Public Welfare, the personal care facility’s license has been revoked until adequate changes to facility operations are instituted (http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2012/09/06/second-home-reports-sexual-assault.html).

Unfortunately, poor screening and supervision is an all too common issue at many nursing homes and other care facilities. The consequences of these failures can, in some cases, be devastating, as this unfortunate incident highlights. Nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to adequately ensure the safety of their residents must be held accountable for their negligence. The Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., are prepared to help all those with a family member who has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home facility pursue justice.

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Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. is a personal injury law firm based in Pennsylvania, with offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York. To learn more about the firm and the services they offer, contact them today at 215-238-1130.

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