No one looks forward to the day they must make the decision to put a loved one in a nursing home. We can often find comfort, however, in knowing that these facilities are subject to stringent licensing requirements, regular inspections, and that their workers have the training and licensure necessary to practice in the field. In the vast majority of cases, nursing homes provide a safe and comfortable place for the elderly to live out their twilight years and receive the professional care they need.
The unfortunate reality is that from time to time, the safeguards and regulations in place fail to prevent an unsafe facility from opening or an undesirable worker for securing employment. Thus, nursing home abuse and neglect happens across the country every year.
If you suspect the worst, you can take several steps to put a stop to the abuse or neglect and hold the responsible party or parties liable. The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help.
Our attorneys can help you ensure the safety of your loved one and recover compensation to pay for their damages. We have a strong track record of winning big settlements for victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. We offer free consultations to answer your questions and provide advice on your situation. Call 215-642-2335 for an appointment with a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer in Bristol.
What Constitutes Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
Nursing home abuse and neglect are despicable crimes because they target the most vulnerable and defenseless members of our society. Many nursing home residents are unable to defend themselves against various types of abuse. Many are unable even to recognize that abuse is occurring.
What constitutes nursing home abuse and neglect? These forms of mistreatment can appear in several different ways.
Physical abuse includes excessively rough handling, punching, kicking, and pushing. Though it is necessary at times for a caregiver to physically restrain a resident, they must take care to do it in a way that does not cause pain or discomfort.
Derogatory statements, insults, and manipulative tactics all constitute emotional abuse.
If a facility’s caregivers fail to provide the help needed for tasks your loved one cannot do on their own—for example, bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting—they are being neglectful.
While physical assaults of a sexual nature certainly qualify as sexual abuse, the term can also refer to unwanted come-ons, advances, comments, or jokes.
Financial abuse includes stealing, improper use of funds or credit cards, billing for services not rendered, or manipulating or coercing a resident into giving money to a caregiver.
No matter how your loved one’s mistreatment occurred, come talk to us about the situation and let us show you what we can do for you. Our mission is helping victims put their lives back together. That starts with holding the responsible parties accountable and getting the compensation you deserve.
What Are the Signs That Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Is Occurring?
Because loved ones in nursing homes often cannot fight abuse themselves—or, in some cases, even realize it is happening—they depend on people like you to look out for them. If you notice any of the following warning signs when visiting your loved one, they might be a victim of abuse or neglect:
- Unexplained physical injuries, like broken bones, bruises, cuts, and scrapes;
- Unexplained personality changes, such as depression, withdrawal, anxiety, or outbursts;
- Frequent falls;
- Recurring or untreated bedsores;
- Trauma to the genital region;
- Signs of poor personal hygiene, including soiled bedsheets, dirty clothes, unkempt hair, disheveled appearance, and body odor;
- Fear, discomfort, or apprehension in the presence of certain caregivers;
- Missing money, unexplained credit card charges, or other suspicious financial activity; or
- Unnecessary new medication or unexplained changes in existing medication.
If something seems off, speak up—even if you lack proof or 100 percent certainty. It is better to be wrong than to keep quiet and later find out you were right from the beginning. If you do not know where to turn, call us today. We can help guide you through the next steps and get your loved one to safety.
What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
If you suspect abuse is occurring, it is essential that you act quickly. Follow these steps to ensure your loved one is safe and cared for:
- If they are in immediate danger, call 911;
- If you trust the facility’s administration staff, report your suspicions to the owner or manager of the facility;
- Contact the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and report your suspicions; and
- Schedule a free consultation with Cordisco & Saile LLC.
How Will a Lawyer Help My Loved One Recover?
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our goal is to make sure your loved one recovers from their ordeal and gets the care they need. The best way to do that is to hold the responsible party liable for the damage they caused.
After we take on your case, we begin a thorough investigation. We will examine how the abuse occurred and who perpetrated the mistreatment. We will collect the evidence we need to show how the behavior of an employer or the facility itself directly caused your loved one’s suffering.
Next, we will calculate the total value of the damages your loved one has faced because of the abuse. This number could include their medical costs, future care expenses, and a monetary value for their pain and suffering.
Finally, we will file a claim for compensation with the care facility’s insurer. We will negotiate aggressively until we secure a financial settlement that will help your loved one recover from their ordeal.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, Our Focus Is on Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect—and Getting You the Compensation You Deserve.
The challenging aspect of nursing home abuse and neglect cases is that they involve several types of law, including personal injury, medical malpractice, contracts, and criminal law. The specific details of your situation determine which kind of case we pursue, but to have the best chance of winning the maximum compensation, you need a legal team experienced with every relevant type of legal practice.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we have the expertise to get your loved one the compensation they deserve. Call 215-642-2335 for a free consultation.