Pennsylvania law assigns nursing homes and other assisted living facilities a duty of care to keep elderly residents safe from harm. One of the most important responsibilities of a nursing facility is to ensure that residents do not suffer abuse, including sexual abuse. When a facility neglects its duty to screen employees thoroughly and provide adequate supervision, residents have an increased risk of becoming victims.
If your loved one suffered this mistreatment in a nursing home, assisted living facility, hospital, or another personal care facility, an elder sexual abuse lawyer in Bucks County can help. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we can file an insurance claim or lawsuit to hold the responsible party or parties accountable. We can help put a stop to the abusive practices taking place and win compensation for you and your loved one.
We serve clients whose loved ones have suffered abuse or neglect in the care of medical or assisted living providers. We have helped many people win substantial settlements for sexual abuse. Our legal team can make sure your loved one gets the justice they deserve while ensuring the abuser does not remain in a position to victimize anyone else.
We work on a no-win-no-fee basis. You do not pay us until you and your loved one receive compensation for your damages. To schedule a free consultation and case review, call us today at 215-642-2335.
What Is Elder Sexual Abuse?
Elder sexual abuse does not mean only rape or sexual assault. Your loved one could be eligible for damages if they suffered any unwanted or inappropriate sexual contact or behavior, including comments or jokes.
If an employee or administrator subjected your loved one to any of the following, they might be a victim of elder sexual abuse:
- Rape or sexual assault;
- Unwanted touching, kissing, groping, or other physical contact;
- Exposure to pornographic videos, photos, or sound effects;
- Sexual threats;
- Having unwanted photographs or videos taken; and
- Sexual advances or come-ons.
We encourage you to speak with a nursing home abuse or neglect lawyer to discuss the actions you can take to protect your loved one.
What Should I Do If I Suspect My Loved One Has Been a Victim?
If you suspect your loved one has been a victim of elder sexual abuse, your first priority should be to ensure their immediate safety. Once they have received the medical attention they need, your focus should shift to finding the people responsible and holding them accountable.
Take the following steps if you suspect abuse:
- Follow up on any suspicion you have, even if you are not sure abuse is occurring;
- Get your loved one any emergency care or medical treatment they need;
- Report your suspicions to the manager or owner of the facility, unless you suspect they are complicit in the mistreatment;
- File a report with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging; and
- Contact a lawyer who focuses on elder abuse cases.
How Can I Tell If My Loved One Has Been a Victim of Elder Sexual Abuse?
Because victims of elder abuse are advanced in age and often in cognitive decline, it can be difficult to determine when someone is being victimized. Many elderly people who have Alzheimer's, dementia, and other cognitive impairments may not have the ability to tell you when they are being sexually abused or otherwise mistreated. Protecting seniors from elder sexual abuse requires vigilance on the part of their family and loved ones.
If you notice any of the following warning signs in your loved one, you should investigate further, as it might indicate sexual abuse:
- Unexplained bruises, particularly in the genital, breast, or thigh areas;
- Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases or genital infections;
- Pain or bleeding in the genital area;
- Recent difficulty standing or walking;
- Soiled or bloodied clothing or undergarments;
- Recent shyness, withdrawal, or agitation, especially in the presence of a particular caregiver;
- Panic attacks;
- Increased suspicion toward a specific caregiver; and
- Suicide attempts.
Further, sexual abuse victims with dementia often become belligerent or aggressive around their attacker. If you notice your loved one exhibits this behavior toward one specific person, do not write it off as standard unpredictable behavior in a person with memory loss. It could be nothing, but it also might be a sign of abuse.
How Can a Bucks County Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Help If My Loved One Was a Victim?
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our legal team focuses on helping victims of elder sexual abuse put their lives back together. We hold the abuser accountable and aggressively pursue full compensation.
When you hire us to take your case, you can expect us to do the following:
- Conduct a full investigation;
- Identify all liable parties;
- Gather evidence, such as eyewitness statements, photo and video surveillance, pictures of injuries, interviews with staff members, and time cards and employee data; and
- File an insurance claim or lawsuit for elder sexual abuse and fight it aggressively.
We fight for every type of damages for which you are eligible, which might include:
- The cost of your loved one's current and future medical bills to treat any injuries from the abuse;
- Additional compensation to pay for the physical and emotional pain and suffering your loved one experienced;
- Punitive damages to punish the responsible party or parties for their heinous acts; and
- Wrongful death damages if your loved one died as a result of elder abuse.
Call 215-642-2335 for a Free Attorney Consultation With Cordisco & Saile LLC.
The Cordisco & Saile LLC legal team wants to help you get justice for your loved one. The sooner we take action, the sooner you and your family member can get the compensation you deserve and start the process of putting your lives back together. To schedule your free consultation, call 215-642-2335 today.