The elderly are some of the most vulnerable people in our society, especially when living in a nursing home where abuse and neglect are present. If you suspect nursing home staff is abusing or neglecting your elderly loved one, take action immediately to both remove the elderly person from the unsafe environment, and to take legal action. Our nursing home abuse attorneys in Newtown can help, so call Cordisco & Saile LLC now at 215-642-2335.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence
Elderly people living a nursing home are at risk for many different types of abuse and neglect. Sometimes, the neglect may be less obvious, such as failing to properly attend to a patient’s social needs. Other times, the abuse is much more apparent, and can be severe enough to leave visible signs, like bruises or cuts.
Types of elder abuse that may occur in a nursing home are listed below.
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial exploitation
- Neglect (failing to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection)
All of these types of abuse and neglect are serious violations of a nursing home’s duties, and may warrant pursuing a claim against the perpetrator or facility. Discuss your concerns and the details of the abuse of which your loved one informed you, or that you suspect, with our nursing home abuse lawyers in Newtown so you can get started.
How to Recognize Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence
As mentioned above, nursing home abuse and negligence isn’t always easy to recognize. If you have an elderly loved one who is living in a nursing home, it is important to keep an eye out for signs of abuse or neglect, like those listed below.
- Bruises and cuts
- Weight loss
- Unexplained withdrawal from activities
- Depression, anxiety, fear
- Poor hygiene
- Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases
- Bed sores
- Sudden changes to finances (like emptying a bank account)
If you notice any worrisome changes to your loved one’s physical, mental, emotional, or financial health, take action immediately. Remove your loved one from the situation, inform the nursing home of your concerns, and contact police and/or your local Area Agency on Aging. In Bucks County, call 215-642-2335 to reach the local Area Agency on Aging.
Filing a Suit for Damages
If you suspect elderly abuse and neglect, you may be able to file a suit for damages. During the lawsuit, you will have to prove that the nursing home had a duty of care to your elderly loved one, that the duty of care was violated, and that the violation resulted in harm and damages. Usually, it’s assumed that a duty of care to the nursing home resident existed, so proving negligence and subsequent harm is the main focus of the lawsuit.
You may provide video surveillance of the abuse in some cases, or testimony from other nursing home residents or staff may help establish the abuse or neglect. Medical records and facility documents may be useful as well, so review the specifics of the case with nursing home neglect lawyers in Newtown from our firm.
If you can prove that negligence and harm occurred, then compensation for both economic and noneconomic damages may be awarded. This includes medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in Newtown Today
Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you prove all of the elements of a nursing home injury claim, and can help you recover the damages that your loved one deserves. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys believe in representing you to the best of our abilities, and fighting as hard as we can to make sure that your claim for benefits is successful. Contact us today at 215-642-2335.