When our loved ones are no longer able to care for themselves, we trust the professionals in nursing and assisted living homes to take care of them. The elderly and infirm rely on nursing home staff for feeding, bathing, and completing other activities of daily living. While it is unconscionable to think that a skilled professional would neglect or abuse an elderly patient, it happens in nursing homes all across the country. If it happened to someone you love, a skilled nursing home abuse lawyer can fight for your rights.
Do you suspect your loved one is suffering from neglect or abuse in a nursing or assisted living facility? If so, you should take the following steps immediately:
- Put a stop to the abuse;
- Get your loved one any emergency care they might need; and
- Contact a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer in Bensalem
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we specialize in winning compensation for victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. We have a track record of success across all areas of personal injury law and can put it to work for you and your loved one. We welcome you to come in for a free consultation. You can sit down with one of our attorneys and have all your questions answered. If you are ready to move forward, we will immediately begin gathering evidence and building our case. Call 215-642-2335 today for an appointment.
What Constitutes Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
Nursing homes are tightly regulated in Pennsylvania. Many caregivers must obtain licenses to do their specific jobs and facilities undergo regular reviews from state officials. Still, abusive and neglectful practices can go undetected, sometimes for months or even years.
Not all contact between a caregiver and patient in a nursing home is physical abuse. For instance, if a patient with dementia attempts to leave the premises, a caregiver might have to physically restrain them for their own safety. But certain types of physical contact—like hitting, kicking, and overly aggressive handling—are never okay.
Emotional abuse can include intimidating or demeaning comments, manipulation, threats, and emotional neglect. This type of abuse is typically harder to spot, but our attorneys can help you collect evidence proving it occurred.
You rely on nursing home staff to provide your loved ones with the care they need. This might include help with eating, bathing, dressing, and taking prescribed medications on a proper schedule. If the staff fails to provide this care, it constitutes neglect. Serious consequences can result from this type of abuse.
Sexual abuse toward a nursing home resident does not have to involve physical contact. Displays of nudity, inappropriate comments, and even certain jokes can constitute sexual abuse.
Financial abuse can include outright stealing. It could also involve a caregiver using manipulative tactics to convince a resident to give them money or buy them things. A facility may also bill for services it fails to render.
We relentlessly pursue compensation for all forms of nursing home abuse, even those not listed above. No matter what happened to your loved one, talk to an attorney at Cordisco & Saile LLC about your legal options. While money cannot erase the pain your loved one has gone through, it can give you financial peace of mind as you help them recover and put their life back together.
What Are the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?
Depending on the condition of your loved one and their mental state, they may or may not be capable of letting you know if abuse or neglect is occurring. Sadly, they may not even be aware themselves. It is up to you to recognize the signs of nursing home abuse. The most common are as follows:
- Unexplained bumps, bruises, cuts, or broken bones;
- Sudden and unexplained personality changes, such as withdrawal or depression;
- Genital trauma;
- Dirty clothing, unkempt appearance, dirty or soiled bedsheets, and generally poor hygiene;
- Fear, apprehension, or visible discomfort in the presence of a particular caregiver;
- Missing money or unexplained charges on credit cards or bank statements; and
- Unexplained or unnecessary changes in medication.
While this list provides a good starting point, you should speak up if you feel anything at all is not right with your loved one. It is better to overreact and find out nothing improper was occurring than to stay quiet and later learn abuse was taking place.
What Should I Do If I Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?
If you suspect your loved one is in danger of abuse or neglect, take the following steps:
- Call 911 if you believe they are in immediate danger;
- Immediately report any suspicions about a specific caregiver to their manager or supervisor;
- File a report with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging; and
- Contact a lawyer who specializes in nursing home abuse and neglect.
What Can a Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer Do for Me?
Nursing home abuse and neglect cases often reside at the intersection of many facets of the law, including:
Because these cases are complex and involve many applications of the law, you need a lawyer with experience pursuing them. Our attorneys know how to gather evidence, identify all responsible parties, draw up the right kind of claim or suit, and aggressively go after the damages your loved one deserves.
By going after the culprit in a nursing home abuse or neglect case, you not only win compensation for your loved one’s pain and suffering, but also potentially save others by putting a stop to the abusive practices.
Call Cordisco & Saile LLC Today at 215-642-2335.
Are you ready to get started? Call the professionals at Cordisco & Saile LLC today. We will handle the legal process from start to finish, while keeping you in the loop every step of the way. We will make sure you understand every facet of the claims process so you feel comfortable with the progress of your case. We will not stop until we put a stop to the abuse that harmed your loved one and we recover fair compensation for their suffering.
For a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call 215-642-2335 now.