Practice/Industry Group Overview
For many years, in addition to defending hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers as part of our Health Care Liability Practice Group, our firm has also represented a wide array of long-term care providers. In the last five to 10 years, as the "graying" of the population has continued and more attention has been paid to the needs of this burgeoning component of society, the amount of litigation against long-term care providers such as nursing homes, personal care and assisted living facilities, and home health care companies has dramatically increased.
The numbers are staggering. There are approximately 35 million people in the United States age 65 or older, accounting for 13 percent of the total population. At present, more than 1.5 million Americans live in the nation's 25,000 assisted living facilities, with an additional 10 million receiving some form of long-term care, including respite and adult daycare in home and community-based settings. America's older population is expected to double by 2030, reaching some 70 million, further taxing an already strained long-term care system.
To address this, our firm has identified a group of attorneys who have years of experience defending personal injury claims against these entities and who concentrate primarily, if not exclusively, on these matters.
While the liability issues arising out of long-term care frequently involve "traditional" medical malpractice and are handled under the umbrella of medical liability, they often involve issues unique to long-term care, such as abuse or neglect, or statutory/regulatory non-compliance with state and federal mandates. Our attorneys are prepared to address the variety of legal issues confronting owners, operators, and insurers of long-term care facilities, and have substantial experience in doing so.
A major strength of this group, and indeed the entire firm, is our ability to handle claims in a multitude of jurisdictions. The firm's eight offices in Pennsylvania, four in Florida, two in New Jersey, two in New York, and one each in Ohio and Delaware enable us to provide coverage throughout these states.
Our firm understands and appreciates the concerns of clients regarding claims and litigation expenses. Top management within the firm has roots in the claims industry, and therefore, we have always been extremely sensitive to our clients' desire to control expenses. Our multi-office network is just one example of the efforts undertaken to accomplish this goal.
Our team of experienced trial attorneys makes it their business to find out early in the litigation exactly what our clients wish to accomplish. While we never hesitate to try those cases which must be staunchly defended, we will recommend early resolution of cases when it is in our client's best interest to do so.
As an added service to our clients, our attorneys frequently make themselves available throughout the country to give lectures, seminars or other presentations on issues of mutual concern.
Simply put, Marshall Dennehey affords its clients a unique blend of dedication, geographical coverage, cost effectiveness and expertise in the field of long-term care representation. We would be privileged to work with you in handling your long-term care litigation matters.