Cordisco & Saile the longtime approved partner for FOP Lodge 5, per Union leadership, and our goal is to keep you informed about important legal matters while fighting for your rights when needed. As a member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which represents over 14,000 active and retired Philadelphia police officers and staff members, your general duty is to protect and serve. However, how are you family members protected if they live in a nursing home?
We all have parents, uncles, aunts, or grandparents who will at one time need to be cared for and may be placed in a nursing home. We would like to think that they are being treated properly, but that does not always happen, We fight to get justice for your loved ones that may have been in a nursing home.
When you take your loving elderly family members to a nursing home, the last thing you want is to have them neglected or mistreated by the very people you entrusted with their care. Having your loved ones neglected or mistreated at the nursing home is a painful experience even for a Philadelphia police officer trained to work under stressful conditions.
We are all humans after all. The injustice meted on your father, mother, aunt, uncle, or grandparent shouldn’t go unpunished and as a member of a force that upholds justice and the rule of law, you’ll need to fight against nursing home neglect by filing a compensation suit against the facility.
At Cordisco & Saile we have been a longtime supporter of Philadelphia FOP Lodge 5 and aim to keep you informed about important legal issues that are in your communities and offer you the defense that you deserve when needed. Please do not hesitate to ask for legal advice from us. Should you feel that you or a loved one has been caused to suffer from any negligence and especially nursing home neglect, your best option is to seek professional advice and representation from an expert personal injury lawyer at our firm.
Learn More About Nursing Home Neglect and How It Happens?
To be fair enough to the nursing home industry, most of these facilities provide excellent care and assistance to their residents but there have been several cases of neglect and mistreatment of the elderly in a few nursing homes. The neglect and mistreatment happen in different ways from verbal and emotional abuse to a total lack of concern and care for the residents’ basic needs.
The National Center on Elderly Abuse (NCEA) categorizes the mistreatment of elderly in nursing homes as physical abuse by inflicting pain or discomfort, causing mental and emotional pain, failure to provide the required care and attention, and even total abandonment. Cases of sexual abuse are rare but have been known to occur too.
An elderly person who has been left for a long time without getting proper attention will end up developing health problems caused by a wide range of factors such as exposure to rain or cold, lack of proper diet or malnutrition, joint problems, bedsores, and a general decline in overall health and well being.
The neglected elderly person can suffer from mental trauma or even physical injury, especially when they try to tend to their needs all by themselves. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of the injuries suffered by elderly people in nursing homes result from slips and falls.
It is estimated that around 1,800 elderly people die in nursing homes each year due to injury-related complications. Those who survive slips and falls end up with serious complications such as traumatic head injuries, broken bones, hip dislocations, or mobility-limiting ankle sprains and other joint injuries.
Nursing home neglect can also lead to other types of injuries and illnesses such as ulcers due to emotional stress or bad diet, bedsores, medication errors when the neglected elderly person tries to self-medicate, malnutrition, and skin conditions caused by poor hygiene.
The last thing a Philadelphia police officer wants is to have his or her parent or grandparent go through such a traumatic experience in a nursing home. If it happens, you should take immediate action and ensure that the facility’s cruel caregivers are punished and your loved one compensated for the pain and mistreatment.
What You Should Do in a Nursing Home Neglect Case?
If you suspect or discover that your elderly parent or grandparent is being neglected or mistreated in a nursing home, the first thing you need to do is to seek legal advice on how to stop the neglect and seek compensation for the pain and anguish your loved one has suffered under the hands of the facility’s caregivers.
You’ll need the help of a competent personal injury lawyer to get the required documentation, expert opinions, and witnesses before you file your claim.
At Cordisco & Saile, we have a team of experienced personal injury lawyers ready to help members of the Philly FOP Lodge 5 take legal action against elderly care facilities and individuals responsible for any form of physical and emotional injuries suffered by your loved one due to neglect or mistreatment at the nursing home.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.