In the article “Nursing Homes’ Bid for Law to Limit Punitive Damages Stalls in Harrisburg,” July 3, representatives of the nursing home industry seriously misstate the facts about lawsuits filed against them in an effort to lessen legal protections for the seniors and vulnerable entrusted to their care.
Although they are rarely awarded under current law, it is the threat of punitive damages that helps increase safety in every industry, including in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Making the legislation worse, the Pennsylvania House stripped from the bill a provision that would have at least allowed punitive damages if there were evidence of illegality — including inadequate staffing, training and oversight.
As it is, too many for-profit nursing homes place their profits ahead of safety. Passage of limits on punitive damages would give them virtual immunity from being held responsible for that decision.
At the law offices of Schmidt Kramer, our nursing home abuse lawyers have decades of experience helping to protect the rights of nursing home residents. We have numerous victories against large corporations and insurance agencies, and we have a thorough knowledge of the types of tactics that these companies often use to try and hide the negligence that may be taking place in the facilities that they either own or manage.
If you or your loved one has suffered from abuse or negligence that was caused by staff at the facility that they are a resident of, contact a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer at our law firm today for your free consultation. It we take on your case, we charge no upfront fees and can help to guide you through the litigation process.
Schmidt Kramer – Est. 1981. Ph: (717) 888-8888.