Putting a loved one in a nursing home is never easy. It is hard to watch someone you care about and have looked up to for most of your life lose the ability to care for themselves. When you enlist the help of a professional to care for them, you expect your loved one’s caregiver to meet their needs and look out for their best interests. In the vast majority of cases, nursing homes uphold their duty of providing care for the elderly and infirm.
Sadly, though, instances of nursing home neglect and abuse are all too common. If your loved one has been a victim, it is important to know your rights. A skilled attorney with Cordisco & Saile LLC can go after the responsible parties in your case and win compensation. While money can never undo the damage of neglect or abuse, it can at least give you financial peace of mind as you work your way through the healing process.
Our lawyers have experience with this type of case. We can help you and your family navigate the legal process, keeping you informed about our progress each step of the way. We take care of the legal work so you can focus all of your attention on helping your loved one get through this ordeal.
To get started, schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We can answer all your questions and advise you on your case. Call 215-642-2335 today to speak with a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer in Trevose.
We Fight for Compensation for All Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect.
One thing that makes nursing home abuse so heartbreaking is the vulnerability of the patients. This leaves them open to many forms of abuse—some of which are easy to spot and others that are not.
No matter what form the abuse or neglect of your loved one took, our attorneys fight back. Some common types of nursing home abuse for which we have won compensation for our clients include the following.
Physical abuse might include hitting, punching, kicking, or being overly aggressive when restraining a patient. While physical contact between caregiver and patient is sometimes necessary, it should never cause injuries or discomfort to the patient.
Demeaning comments, threats, manipulation, and lack of compassion represent possible forms of emotional abuse.
Caregivers are responsible for helping patients with eating, dressing, bathing, taking medication, and other forms of self-care. Failure to do this constitutes neglect. Whether neglect is intentional or not, the caregiver and facility are responsible for allowing it to occur.
Sexual abuse can include sexual assault, unwanted touching, displays of nudity, or inappropriate comments and jokes.
Financial abuse includes unauthorized use of a patient's money or credit cards. It can also include manipulating the patient into giving money to or buying things for the caregiver.
If any of the above sound familiar, talk to our attorneys about your options for fighting back and receiving compensation. Also, keep in mind the above list is not exhaustive. If you feel your loved one has experienced mistreatment in any way while in nursing home care, we can examine the situation, determine if we have a case for abuse or neglect, and advise you on how to move forward. If you suspect abuse is occurring, it is important to act quickly.
Call Us If You Notice Any Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect.
Because of your loved one's condition, they may not be able to let you know that abuse or neglect is occurring. That is why it is important for you to watch out for common signs. If you notice any of the following, you should start asking questions. These are common indications that abuse or neglect could be taking place:
- Unexplained injuries, including bruises, broken bones, cuts, and scrapes;
- Withdrawal, depression, anger, isolation, or other unexplained behavioral changes;
- Trauma to the genital region;
- Poor hygiene indications, like dirty clothes, unkempt appearance, messy hair, or soiled bedsheets;
- Visible discomfort in the presence of specific caregivers;
- Financial abnormalities, such as missing money or unexplained charges; and
- Unexplained or unnecessary changes in medication.
If you sense anything at all is not right with your loved one, it is better to speak up and be wrong than to remain quiet when abuse or neglect might be happening. If you do not feel comfortable filing a report with the facility or the state, call Cordisco & Saile LLC and we can advise you on your next steps.
What Can I Do If I Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
Do you suspect your loved one is suffering abuse or neglect in a nursing facility? Here are the proper steps to take:
- Call 911 if you believe your loved one is in imminent danger or needs emergency medical attention;
- If you believe the abuse is coming from only one specific caregiver, report your suspicions to the manager, supervisor, or owner of the facility;
- Contact the Pennsylvania Department of Agingand file a report; and
- Talk to one of our experienced nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers in Trevose.
Choose a Trevose Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer With a Winning Track Record.
Nursing home abuse and neglect cases are notoriously difficult and complex. That is because they involve several facets of the law, including medical malpractice, contracts, personal injury, and criminal law. Various laws or statutes could be at play depending on the specific circumstances of your case.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we have dealt with a variety of personal injury cases. Our track record is lengthy and successful. No matter the details of your case, we have the tools, the resources, and the experience to pursue it successfully.
Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our attorneys. Remember: the sooner you talk to us, the sooner we can gather evidence, start building your case, and win you the compensation you deserve on behalf of your loved one. Call 215-642-2335 today.