Cordisco & Saile is a proud supporter of Philadelphia’s Local 30 Roofers Union and approved legal partner by union leadership. It is an honor to have the opportunity to keep you in the loop about important legal matters and fight for justice for you, should you ever suffer from the negligence of others.
Just like most people, Philadelphia roofers too have mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, grandparents, and other family members who one day will need to be placed in a good nursing home. We place our loving family members in nursing homes expecting them to get a higher level of care than we can practically provide due to our busy lifestyles and occupational demands.
Most nursing homes do indeed take good care of the elderly and sick members of our families but sadly we don’t live in a perfect world and cases of negligence or even abuse are known to happen in some care facilities.
It is a heart-wrenching and painful experience to find out that the same people you entrusted the care of your parents or grandparents have become cruel tormentors and either neglected or abused your loved ones. There is no excuse for mistreating or abusing elderly or sickly people which is why you need to fight back against cruel caregivers by filing a lawsuit against the caregiver or the company that runs the facility.
You should not just seek punitive damages against the nursing facility but also claim compensation for the pain and anguish your loved one has undergone.
Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Abuse in a nursing home can occur in many forms from verbally berating elderly people to physical and emotional violence against the home’s residents.
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) has several categories of elder abuse including the following:
- Emotional abuse that may cause mental and emotional distress to the elderly resident including verbal and non-verbal communication.
- Physical abuse which includes threatening to or inflicting pain, injury, or discomfort to a resident of the nursing home.
- Neglect or failure to provide the expected care and attention to the needs of the elderly person. Neglect can include failure to provide the elderly with food, shelter, protection, and health care among other needs.
- Abandonment or desertion of an elderly person placed under the nursing home’s care.
- Sexual abuse which includes non-consensual contact or even encouraging the elderly person to engage in sexual behaviors.
Some of the most common injuries the elderly suffer in nursing homes due to neglect or abuse include slips and falls, which account for around 1,800 deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, head injuries, hip dislocation, broken bones, medication errors and use of defective drugs, ulcers due to emotional stress, burns, bruises, bites, and bedsores.
As a roofer in Philadelphia, you work hard every day to ensure that you pay the nursing home’s bills so that your loved one enjoys the comfort and care expected of a nursing home. If your parent or grandparent undergoes emotional trauma due to neglect or abuse at the facility you entrusted them with, you’ll need to take legal action to ensure that the same treatment doesn’t happen to other residents. Your loved one also deserves to be compensated financially for the mistreatment.
Take Action When You Suspect Abuse or Neglect in a Nursing Home
You need to take immediate action when you suspect or find out that a nursing home is engaging in abusive practices on its residents. The first thing you need to do is to inform the facility’s management of your suspicion or any complaints from your loved one.
You can also take a step further by reporting the case to your local Area Agency on Aging through their toll-free hotline number. You also seek advice from your Roofers Local 30 union members who have had similar experiences.
More importantly, you should not let the neglect or abuse go unpunished. You’ll need to file a liability claim against the facility and the caregivers responsible for the neglect and abuse and even seek to recover damages. However, it can be difficult to prove that the abuse or neglect actually occurred without properly documented evidence.
This is why you need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you file the claim. The skilled attorney will assess all the factors relevant to the case, prepare all the necessary documents, and take care of the legal aspects of your claim from start to finish.
Cordisco & Saile, has had a great relationship with the Philadelphia Roofers Local 30 Union, and we are honored to be your resource for important legal information that may affect you and your loved ones. If you discover that your loved one is neglected or abused in a nursing home, you’ll need to act fast and file a claim. Do not wait for too long because the law in most states provides injured parties just two years to file a claim for compensation after the incident has occurred.
Our skilled and experienced personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile will help you file your claim and work with you every step of the way to ensure that those responsible for the abuse pay for their inhumane actions.
Contact us today to schedule your free no-obligation consultation.