While most of us dread the day when we are forced to decide to consign a loved one to a nursing home, we often reassure ourselves with the knowledge that elder care is one of the most tightly regulated industries in America. Both the federal government and the state of Pennsylvania set rigid standards for nursing facilities and the people who work in them. But unfortunately, they are not always enough to prevent nursing home abuse and neglect.
If you believe your loved one has been a victim, a Quakertown, PA, nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer from Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you hold the responsible party or parties accountable. In a nursing home abuse lawsuit, you may be able to recover substantial compensation for your loved one's medical costs as well as for the physical and emotional pain your family has suffered.
To get a free, no-risk consultation with a member of our team, call 215-642-2335 today.
If Your Loved One Has Suffered Abuse or Neglect, the Cordisco & Saile LLC Team Wants to Hear From You
The statistics on nursing home abuse and neglect are jarring. What is even scarier is knowing that at least as many cases go unreported and undiscovered. Nursing home residents are some of the most vulnerable members of our society. They often cannot communicate when they are being mistreated, or even the mental awareness to realize it is happening.
Muddying the issue further, not all nursing home abuse is easy to spot. Since elder abuse is not always physical, there might not be significant bruises or marks.
You are your loved one's eyes and ears. If you suspect anything, even if you lack evidence or it is just a gut feeling, we want to hear about it. Our attorneys can help you fight back against the many forms of nursing home abuse.
Excessive physical contact between a caregiver and nursing home resident is never okay, even if it does not rise to the level of malicious abuse. Using too much force when restraining a resident, jerking a resident in and out of their wheelchair — these are just a couple of examples of inappropriate physical contact that can leave a caregiver liable for nursing home abuse.
Nursing home residents are often as emotionally vulnerable as they are physically helpless. Caregivers must to cater to residents' emotional needs and avoid behaviors that could negatively impact their mental state. A caregiver who intimidates, demeans, manipulates, or insults a resident is guilty of emotional abuse.
Nursing Home Neglect
The reason older adults enter nursing homes is that they have difficulty carrying out daily living activities (e.g., eating, bathing, dressing) on their own. They are reliant on others for help with these tasks. If a caregiver is inattentive and does not see to it that a resident's needs are met, they have committed neglect, and we can hold them accountable.
Sexual abuse includes unwanted contact as well as any kind of inappropriate sexual behavior, including making suggestive comments, indecent exposure, showing pornographic videos or pictures in the presence of a resident, or telling lewd sexual jokes.
A caregiver commits financial abuse when they steal from a resident or use other nefarious means to extract money from a resident. Examples include asking to be made an authorized user on a credit card and cajoling a resident into buying the caregiver gifts.
If you suspect your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect of any kind, the Cordisco & Saile LLC team wants to help. Call us at 215-642-2335 to schedule a free consultation.
Know the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Because your loved one relies on you to help them get out of a dangerous or abusive situation, it is important to understand the most common signs of nursing home abuse and to be able to recognize them.
You should take action right away if you notice any of the following in your loved one:
- Physical injuries with no explainable cause
- Changes in personality
- Trauma to the genital region
- Lack of personal hygiene
- Signs of fear, supplication, or a sudden change in personality in the presence of a specific caregiver
- Missing money or unexplained credit card charges
- Medication changes without explanation
Do not wait until you have unassailable proof that your loved one is being mistreated. It is better to speak up and be wrong than to stay silent while your loved one continues to suffer.
To schedule a free consultation today with a member of the Cordisco & Saile LLC team, call 215-642-2335.
Take These Steps if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Have you noticed one or more of the common signs of nursing home abuse or neglect in your loved one? Or do you suspect for any reason that your loved one is a victim? If so, take the following steps:
- If you suspect immediate danger, call 911;
- Discuss your concerns with the facility manager — unless you believe they are involved or complicit;
- File a report with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging;
- Schedule a free consultation with the Quakertown, PA, nursing home abuse legal team at Cordisco & Saile LLC by calling 215-642-2335.
The Cordisco & Saile LLC Nursing Home Abuse Team Fights for the Compensation You and Your Loved One Deserve
You and your loved one deserve compensation for the physical and emotional pain they have suffered due to nursing home abuse. We can help you recover some or all of the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
The Pennsylvania Statute of Limitations on Nursing Home Abuse
Pennsylvania has a two-year statute of limitations to take legal action for nursing home abuse or neglect. Cordisco & Saile LLC can file a quick lawsuit if necessary, to preserve the right of you and your loved one to collect compensation.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today — Call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335
The Cordisco & Saile LLC nursing home abuse attorneys are eager to get to work on your case. For a free consultation with a member of our team, call 215-642-2335.