Cordisco & Saile is a proud supporter of the Philadelphia Local 19 Sheet Metal Union, and it is an honor to have the opportunity to keep you in the loop about important legal matters and fight for you should you ever suffer from the negligence of others. We are the approved partner for legal matters for Local 19 members by union leadership.
We all wake up in the morning and report to work for a diverse range of personal reasons but at the top of it all is the need to provide for our family and loved ones. At Cordisco & Saile, we understand the importance of this, that is why we keep you informed about important legal matters that could affect you or your loved ones. With our long-standing support of the Local 19 Sheet Metal Workers Union in Philadelphia, we fight for justice for you when you are caused pain and suffering by the negligence of others.
Most of us, including some members of the Philadelphia sheet metal workers labor force, have mothers, fathers, grandparents, uncles and aunts who need special care and attention at elderly people’s nursing homes.
If you are a member of the Local 19 Sheet metal workers union with an elderly relative in a nursing home, you expect your loved one to be treated with care, love, and dignity but unfortunately, this is not always the case.
There are many excellent nursing homes in Philadelphia but there have been cases of residents’ neglect and mistreatment in a few of them. This is quite sad given that we take our loving family members to these homes expecting them to get a better level of care than we can possibly provide due to our busy lives. The last thing you want to hear is that your mother, father, uncle, aunt, or grandparent has suffered an illness, injury, or extreme physical or mental discomfort due to lack of neglect and lack of proper care.
There’s no excuse for such treatment which is why you need to take a proactive step to file a lawsuit against the entire institution including the negligent caregivers. In fact, you should not just sue for punitive action but go the whole length by filing a compensation claim to recover damages for your loved one.
After all, you’ve been paying them to take good care of your elderly relative but they have failed to live up to their end of the contract!
What is Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse?
Neglect, mistreatment, and abuse in a nursing home can occur in many ways ranging from verbally berating the elderly residents to emotional or even physical violence. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), nursing home abuse can occur as emotional or mental distress to the elderly due to neglect or mistreatment, threats and acts that cause physical or psychological pain, and failure to provide the elderly resident with the expected care and attention including basic needs such as food, medication, shelter, protection from harm, and other personal requirements.
Neglect can also be defined as abandonment or desertion of the elderly person placed on the home’s care. A neglected resident of a nursing facility is also prone to suffer a physical injury as he or she tries to fend for himself or herself in the absence of the caregiver. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that each year close to 1,800 deaths in homes for elderly people are caused by slips and falls, which happen because the elderly people are neglected and left on their own.
Other health issues caused by lack of proper care and attention to the needs of elderly people in a nursing home include medication errors, burns, bruises, bedsores, and slips or falls that result in head injuries, hip injuries, fractures and broken bones, and spinal injuries just to mention a few. Neglected people in a nursing home are also prone to emotional stress, depression, ulcers, high blood pressure, and other psychosomatic complications.
All Philadelphia sheet metal workers with a family member in a nursing home should ensure that their loved ones enjoy the highest level of care and comfort expected in a good home for the elderly. If you suspect any form of neglect or mistreatment, it is your responsibility to stop the malpractice by taking the necessary legal action.
If you suspect or confirm that your relative is mistreated or neglected, it is crucial that you take immediate legal action against the facility.
Start by informing the management of the negligence or mistreatment of residents to ensure that they are aware of what is going on in their home. You can also report the case to your local area Agency on Aging through their toll-free hotline number.
You should not let the negligent or abusive treatment of your loved one go unpunished. You’ll need to seek the help of a good personal injury attorney to file a compensation claim against the nursing home and its negligent caregivers.
If your parent, grandparent, or relative has been a victim of nursing home neglect or mistreatment, our team of skilled personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC will review your case and assess all the relevant factors to file a strong case on your behalf.
Contact us today for a free consultation.