Because the elder care industry is so tightly regulated, we can usually trust our beloved seniors to the care of others with confidence. However, even with regulations, inspections, and background checks, nursing home abuse still happens—and it is far more common in this country than many people realize.
If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you have grounds to file a lawsuit and recover compensation from the caregiver or facility responsible for your loved one’s injuries. A nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer in Doylestown, PA from Cordisco & Saile LLC can help. We will fight for your loved one’s rights and hold the responsible party or parties liable.
For a free case evaluation, call us today at 215-642-2335.
We Seek Damages for All Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Abuse does not always mean physical beatings, nor does it always leave obvious signs. Many forms of abuse and neglect are much subtler. Unless you are looking for it, you may not even realize it is happening.
Sadly, many older adults, especially those in cognitive decline, lack the ability to speak up when they are being abused. In some cases, they are not even aware it is happening. As their loved one, you are their eyes and ears. If you believe something is wrong, even if it is just a vague feeling, it is your job and your responsibility to investigate and speak up. As your nursing home abuse lawyers in Doylestown, we are here to help.
We can help you seek justice for the following types of nursing home abuse:
Excessive physical contact between a caregiver and an older adult is never okay.
If you have any doubt about whether your loved one is being handled appropriately, please contact us. We will consult with you and let you know if you have grounds to seek damages from the caregiver or facility.
Older adults have emotional needs as well as physical needs. Caregivers who are insulting, demeaning, manipulative, threatening, or intimidating are committing emotional abuse. They could be liable for damages to you and your loved one for the emotional pain they have inflicted.
Many older adults enter nursing homes and assisted living facilities because they no longer can perform the tasks of daily living, such as eating, bathing, and dressing, and they need assistance with these activities.
If your loved one’s caregivers are not tending to their needs, we can go after them for neglect.
Sexual abuse in nursing homes includes any sexual contact or sexual advances between a caregiver and a resident. It can also include inappropriate sexual behavior that is not physical, such as crude comments, obscene jokes, indecent exposure, and the viewing of pornography in the presence of a resident.
Financial abuse refers to any attempt by a caregiver to gain access to an older adult’s money. It could involve outright stealing or more subtle means, such as asking for gifts or asking to be added as an authorized user on a credit card.
We can help you hold the responsible party or parties accountable for any type of abuse or neglect described above. Once you have ensured your loved one is safe, call the Doylestown nursing home abuse lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC for a free case evaluation: 215-642-2335.
Recognizing the Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Because you are your loved one’s eyes and ears and often their only means of escape from an unsafe situation, it is essential you are able to recognize the signs of nursing home abuse or neglect.
Take action if you notice any of the following:
- Unexplained injuries (e.g., bruises, scrapes, cuts)
- Changes in personality (e.g., depression, withdrawal, anxiety)
- Genital trauma
- Lack of hygiene (e.g., unkempt appearance, body odor, dirty clothes, soiled bed sheets)
- Fear or apprehension toward a particular caregiver
- Missing money
- Unexplained credit card charges
- Medication changes without explanation
- Changes to a will or other documents
Do not wait if you believe abuse is happening. Speak up the minute you become suspicious, even if you think you may be overreacting. It is better to be wrong than to remain silent while your loved one suffers.
If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect, Take These Steps
Once you become suspicious that your elderly loved one is in an unsafe situation, do the following:
- Call 911 if you suspect immediate danger;
- Talk to the owner or manager of the facility (unless you suspect they are involved, in which case skip to the next step);
- Report your concerns to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging;
- Call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335 for a free nursing home abuse case evaluation in Doylestown, PA.
Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Doylestown Can Help You and Your Loved One Recover Damages
You and your loved one may be eligible to recover the following damages and more in a nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuit:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
The Statute of Limitations on Nursing Home Abuse Cases in Pennsylvania
The deadline to file an injury claim in Pennsylvania is two years. If you let this deadline expire, you could be time-barred from collecting damages.