Nursing homes carry a stigma of being depressing places, and none of us relish the idea of putting a loved one there. Due to financial and logistical challenges, however, they are often the only legitimate option for many people when a loved one can no longer care for themselves. Though the decision is never easy, we take solace in the nursing industry’s tight regulations as well as the licensing and screening process for caregivers.
These safeguards, however, do not provide full assurance that a nursing home resident will have a pleasant experience. Despite the industry’s best efforts, bad facilities and caregivers occasionally slip through the screening and inspection process, and abuse and neglect of residents sometimes occurs as a result.
If your loved one has suffered neglect or abuse in a nursing home, or you think inappropriate or negligent behavior might be taking place, you deserve justice for your loved one. The legal team at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you get it.
Our personal injury lawyers take on facilities that fail to provide the high level of care that your loved one deserves. If abuse or neglect has taken place, we can help you win fair compensation on behalf of your loved one. To schedule a free consultation with a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer in Middletown, call our office today at 215-642-2335.
What Is Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
As the loved one of a nursing home resident, you are the eyes and ears that can protect them from abuse and neglect. This is because, sadly, nursing home residents comprise some of our society’s most vulnerable members. Many of them are unable to report abuse or even understand mistreatment is occurring.
When you visit your loved ones in the nursing home, be watchful for warning signs of the following types of abuse.
A small degree of physical contact between nursing home caregivers and patients is okay and even necessary at times. For instance, if a patient with dementia or Alzheimer’s attempts to leave the premises, facility staff members may have to physically restrain them. But if you notice bruises, sore spots, or other signs of excessively rough handling, your loved one might be suffering physical abuse.
A caregiver should never be insulting, demeaning, manipulative, or overly demanding when dealing with a nursing home resident. Such behaviors might constitute emotional abuse.
If a caregiver fails to assist with activities of daily living, like eating, bathing, dressing, or toileting, they might be neglecting your loved one.
Sexual abuse and harassment occupies a wide gamut. This behavior can include anything from rape or sexual assault to inappropriate touching, comments, or even jokes.
A caregiver who cajoles your loved one into buying them gifts, takes money from them, or uses their credit cards without permission is guilty of financial abuse.
If you suspect your loved one has experienced any of the above types of abuse, make sure they are safe and then call a lawyer at Cordisco & Saile LLC. We will take on the responsible party or parties and help deliver justice for your loved one.
What Are the Most Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
You are aware of the most common types of nursing home abuse, but how do you spot them? Keep an eye out for any of these red flags, which could indicate that your loved one is experiencing mistreatment:
- Unexplained physical injuries, including bruises, scrapes, and cuts;
- Unexplained personality changes, such as increased withdrawal, depression, paranoia, or agitation;
- Frequent falls;
- Trauma to the genital region;
- Poor hygiene, including soiled clothes or bedsheets, unkempt or tangled hair, and foul body odors;
- Apprehension toward a specific caregiver;
- Unexplained credit card charges or missing money; or
- Unexplained changes in medication.
Even if you lack hard proof of abuse or neglect, it is better to speak up and find out everything is fine than to stay silent and find out that abuse was occurring.
If you have concerns but are not sure what to do, feel free to call and speak to one of our attorneys first. We can help you determine what is happening and protect the safety of your loved one.
What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
If you suspect abuse or neglect is occurring, do not wait until you have definitive proof. Instead, immediately take the following steps to protect your loved one’s safety:
- If you suspect imminent danger, call 911 immediately;
- Report your suspicion to a manager or facility owner;
- If you suspect the facility’s management is complicit, skip to the next step or call the police;
- Contact the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and report the abuse; and
- Schedule a consultation with an attorney from Cordisco & Saile LLC to discuss your legal options.
How Can a Lawyer Help My Loved One?
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our legal team wants to help you and your loved one recover from the unspeakable nightmare that is nursing home abuse and neglect.
First, we investigate what happened, identify all responsible parties, and gather the evidence we need to prove their culpability.
Then, we calculate the damages your loved one has suffered, both economic—or those with dollar values—and non-economic—or intangible damages.
Finally, we file a claim for compensation with the facility’s insurance company. If necessary, we will take your case all the way to a jury trial. We aggressively seek compensation for the full scope of damages your loved one has suffered due to their ordeal.
For Help in Middletown, Contact the Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC.
Nursing home abuse and neglect cases are uniquely complex. They potentially involve several areas of law, including medical malpractice, criminal, and contract law. That is why you need a legal team that has experience with situations like yours and has the tools and resources to fight your case.
That team is Cordisco & Saile LLC, and we want to help you and your loved one get the justice your family deserves. Call 215-642-2335 today for a free consultation.