Putting a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy decision, but most of us take comfort in knowing that skilled nursing facilities are usually safe, comfortable places. The industry has strict regulations, and facilities undergo stringent inspections. Their employees must be licensed and undergo background checks. While nursing home residents rarely live in luxury, they are usually safe and well cared for.
Unfortunately, however, the safeguards in place do not and cannot stop nursing home abuse and neglect 100 percent of the time. From time to time, facilities pass inspections despite being unsafe places for residents.
If you suspect your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect at a nursing home or from a caregiver, you could be eligible for compensation. The legal team at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help.
Our attorneys fight for the rights of your loved one. Over our many years in business, we have built a strong track record of helping nursing home abuse victims win the compensation they deserve. We want to put our resources to work for you and your loved one. For a free consultation with a nursing home abuse attorney, call us today at 215-642-2335.
What Is Nursing Home Abuse or Nursing Home Neglect?
Nursing home residents usually cannot care for themselves — that is why they require skilled, round-the-clock care. Which makes nursing home abuse and neglect all the more despicable, as these crimes target the most vulnerable members of our society.
Sadly, many victims lack the cognizance even to know they are being mistreated, which is why it is so important for loved ones to watch for signs.
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms, including:
It is occasionally necessary for a caregiver in a nursing home to physically restrain a resident, such as when a patient with dementia attempts to leave the premises. But caregivers must exercise extreme care in doing so, ensuring they handle the resident in a manner that protects their safety and comfort. Excessively and unnecessarily rough handling constitutes physical abuse.
Emotional abuse includes insults, manipulation, derogatory statements, and lack of empathy toward a nursing home resident.
Nursing home residents generally require care with daily living activities, such as eating, bathing, dressing, and taking medication at the proper times. A hired caregiver who fails to ensure that a resident is able to complete this tasks is guilty of neglect.
This can include anything from rape and sexual assault, to sexual intimidation, to unwanted advances, sexual comments, and jokes.
Financial abuse might involve stealing money from a nursing home resident or using their credit card without permission. It might also involve a caregiver manipulating or coercing a resident into giving them money or buying gifts.
No matter what kind of abuse or neglect you suspect your loved one has endured, we can help you protect their rights and hold the responsible party or parties accountable. To schedule your free consultation, call 215-642-2335 today.
How Can I Know if My Loved One in a Nursing Home Is a Victim of Abuse or Neglect?
Nursing home residents cannot fight for themselves, and often, they cannot even speak for themselves. That is why loved ones should always exercise vigilance in watching out for any signs of abuse or neglect. Common indicators include:
- Bruises, scrapes, cuts, and other unexplained injuries;
- Sudden changes in personality (e.g., depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, paranoia);
- Frequent falls;
- Genital trauma;
- Poor hygiene (e.g., dirty clothes, unkempt hair, lack of bathing, soiled bedsheets);
- Fear or mistrust of a specific caregiver;
- Suspicious financial activity (e.g., unexplained charges, missing money); or
- Changes in medication not approved by their doctor.
Even if your suspicious or mild, or you lack definitive proof that abuse or neglect are taking place, it is better to speak up and be wrong than to stay silent while your loved one might be suffering.
If you are not sure where to turn, talk to an attorney at Cordisco & Saile LLC about your concerns. For a free consultation, call 215-642-2335.
How to Respond to Suspected Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
If you suspect your loved one is suffering abuse or neglect, it is important to take decisive action. The steps you should take include:
- Calling 911 (if you feel your loved one is in immediate danger);
- Reporting your suspicions to the facility’s owner or manager (only if you trust this person and have no reason to suspect they are involved);
- Contacting the Pennsylvania Department of Agingwith your concerns; and
- Meeting with an attorney from Cordisco & Saile LLC to discuss your legal options.
What Can a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Do for My Loved One and Me?
The Cordisco & Saile LLC team can help your loved one recover from the nightmare of nursing home abuse or neglect by getting them the compensation they deserve. We can also make sure the responsible party or parties are held accountable for their wrongdoing.
We start with a thorough investigation into what happened. We determine the type of abuse that occurred, who was responsible, and then we gather evidence to prove our case.
We also calculate the various types of damages for which you and your loved one are eligible. These might include medical costs, pain and suffering, and punitive damages.
Finally, we file a claim with the facility’s insurance company, seeking the maximum in compensation. We aggressively negotiate for a fair settlement, taking your case all the way to a jury trial if necessary.
Trust the Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC to Get You the Compensation You Deserve
Nursing home abuse and neglect cases sit at the intersection of many types of law — personal injury, contracts, malpractice, and criminal, to name a few. This gives these cases a unique challenge that requires a legal team with a unique background and resources.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we have focused on nursing home abuse law for many years, winning significant settlements and helping victims reclaim their lives. To find out how we can help you and your loved one, call 215-642-2335 for a free consultation.