What are the Consequences of Negligent Security in Pennsylvania?

Due to the recent tragedy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, we believe we must bring awareness to the consequences of negligent security, delay in security response time, and improper safety procedures and protocols that have recently been exposed at multiple Philadelphia Hospitals.
Unfortunately, the terrible incident that occurred at Thomas Jefferson is not the first tragedy to occur at Philadelphia Hospitals this year. This year alone, Friedman Schuman has defended a healthcare provider that was stabbed in the face and head by a patient and a healthcare provider that was head-butted in the face by a patient with a known history of violence.
It is critical that hospitals ensure that the safety of others is a top priority. Continue reading to learn more about the effects of negligent security in hospitals and other public settings, and what your options are if you or a loved one has been injured. Do not hesitate to reach out to our Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Friedman Schuman today if you have any questions, and click here to learn more about our involvement in the aforementioned case.

What are potential issues that lead to breaches in security?

Injuries because of negligent or inadequate security can result in life-long physical, emotional, and financial burdens. The most recent forms of negligent security include the following:
  • Failure to have security cameras installed;
  • Failure to have adequate security personnel available for the Hospital population;
  • Failure to provide adequate communication amongst medical providers and security personnel;
  • Not having working surveillance cameras;
  • Failure to have call buttons and/or emergency buttons;
  • Failure to properly train security guards;
  • Having insufficient lighting in walkways, stairways, and other areas;
  • Failure to have proper protocols and procedures to adequately prevent and/or mitigate security breaches;
  • Failure to properly evaluate visitors and/or patients to ensure adequate precautions are taken to mitigate the chances of violence and/or incidence;
  • Failure to have proper admission protocols to properly triage and/or treat a patient with tell-tale signs of potential for violent outbreaks;
  • Failure to have adequate safety protocols and procedures readily available to staff to ensure timely responses in the event of violence; and
  • Failure to have proper alert systems sufficient to alert staff of a violent situation occurring in the Hospital and/or facility.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Pennsylvania?

The state of Pennsylvania has a statute of limitations of two years for most personal injury claims. This means that if you fail to file your negligent security claim within two years from the date of your injury, you will be time-barred from filing your claim entirely.
Do not wait to reach out to our Pennsylvania personal injury firm to obtain an experienced attorney on your side. Our attorneys will be able to ensure that you have promptly met all of your claim’s deadlines. At Friedman Schuman, we are committed to ensuring that you receive the compensation that you deserve.

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