Broken bones are painful at any age, but they can be deadly to the elderly. Because the human body does not repair itself as efficiently at an advanced age, this type of injury in an older person can begin a downward spiral that leads to other physical ailments and even death. That is why it is essential for caregivers at nursing homes to prevent falls and other causes of broken bones.
Broken bones in an elderly nursing home resident are not always the result of an unpreventable accident. Often, neglect or abuse is at play. This can make the facility and its employees liable. In Pennsylvania, nursing homes have a duty of care to elderly residents. These facilities must make every effort to keep residents safe, healthy, and comfortable.
If your loved one suffered broken bones in a nursing home, they might be eligible for damages from the facility where the injury occurred. A nursing home injuries broken bones lawyer in Bucks County can investigate the injury, gather evidence, and file for damages.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our legal team focuses on helping nursing home residents who suffered broken bones and other injuries after abuse or neglect. We hold facilities accountable, help stop abusive practices, and get our clients and their loved ones the compensation they deserve. We work on a no-win-no-fee basis, meaning our clients do not pay us until they get paid.
If your loved one has been a victim, you can set up a free consultation with a member of the Cordisco & Saile LLC legal team today. Call 215-642-2335 for an appointment.
How Do Broken Bones Happen in Nursing Homes?
Falls represent one of the most common causes of broken bones in nursing homes. This begs the question: Why are elderly nursing home residents in the position to fall and break bones to begin with?
When residents enter nursing homes, they bring with them long, assorted lists of medical histories and health ailments that potentially make them more vulnerable to falls and other injuries. A senior in a nursing home might have dementia, balance issues, memory loss, muscle atrophy, previous broken bones, joint conditions, or any number of physical and mental conditions that put them at risk.
Accordingly, nursing facilities and their employees need to have a thorough knowledge of each resident and their medical history so they are always aware of situations that might present harm to a particular resident.
Unfortunately, abuse and neglect are common in the nursing home industry. A common cause of neglect is simply not knowing enough about residents to keep them safe from injury.
If your loved one suffered broken bones in a nursing home, that in itself is not proof of neglect. However, it is an indication that the situation warrants an investigation. If your loved one is also suffering from another condition, such as bed sores, it could be a sign that something is wrong. Our legal team can investigate the case and fight for the rights of your loved one. We identify all potentially responsible parties and gather evidence to show what happened and who is liable. Then, we file an insurance claim or lawsuit and fight for the full damages you and your loved one deserve.
How to Prove a Nursing Home Is Liable for Damages
Your loved one deserves compensation for their broken bones and any other injuries resulting from inadequate nursing home care. By taking legal action against the nursing home, you can protect your family member’s rights and put a stop to any abuse or neglect that is occurring.
When we take your case, we get to work immediately. We conduct a full investigation into your loved one's injuries, determine who was responsible, and gather evidence to pursue full compensation.
The evidence we need to prove abuse or neglect includes the following:
- Photographs of your loved one's injuries;
- Documentation, such as time cards or staffing assignments, revealing who was responsible for your loved one's care when the injury occurred;
- Interviews with staff members, supervisors, and facility owners;
- Records of the facility's history, including previous disciplinary action from regulatory boards or resident complaints;
- Surveillance footage;
- Witness testimony; and
- Testimony from other residents and their families.
Our legal team has won substantial settlements on behalf of clients and their loved ones. We can put our resources to work for you.
The Cordisco & Saile LLC Team Helps You Fight for All the Compensation You Deserve.
We fight for several types of compensation in nursing home broken bone cases. Many of our clients have won settlements that included the following damages:
- Current and future medical costs to treat the broken bones;
- Pain and suffering compensation for what they have been through;
- Emotional anguish damages for the emotional damage the nursing home's abusive or neglectful practices inflicted on your loved one;
- Punitive damages, if the evidence shows that the facility was abusive or reckless in their treatment of your loved one; and
- Wrongful death damages if your loved one died as a result of their injuries.
Once we understand the full value of your family member’s losses, we will approach the nursing home for compensation. Usually, we can negotiate an out-of-court settlement with the facility’s liability insurer. If the facility or the insurance company is not willing to offer a fair settlement, we can file a lawsuit and take your case to court.
Call 215-642-2335 for a Free Consultation With a Bucks County Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer.
The Cordisco & Saile LLC team wants to work for you. We can help you and your loved one pursue the compensation you deserve for broken bone injuries suffered in the care of a nursing facility. Call 215-642-2335 for a free consultation.