“The test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.”
- Pearl S. Buck

Seattle Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse Attorney

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Nursing Home Articles and Publications by Kevin Coluccio
Everybody Counts: Death of Our Older Clients

It can be very difficult to decide someone you love needs to be in a care facility.

You trust that nursing homes and assisted living communities will provide a safe, healthy environment.

You trust that your loved ones will be treated with care and respect.

Sadly, abuse and neglect of vulnerable of our most vulnerable citizens is a growing problem.

How do you identify elder abuse?

Many victims are afraid to discuss or report abuse or neglect because they fear retaliation.  Others don’t want to be thought of as vulnerable, or are simply unaware of what is happening to them.

Signs of neglect or physical abuse:

  • Falls
  • Bowel or bladder injuries
  • Unexplained marks or burns
  • Fractures
  • Frequent infections
  • Evidence of sexual abuse or trauma
  • Bed sores or pressure sores
  • Malnutrition & dehydration
  • Frequent medication mistakes
  • Evidence of restraints
  • Unattended health problems
  • Wandering off or other strange behavior

There are laws about the “standard of care” in nursing facilities.

Nursing homes are required to meet basic standards to ensure the proper care and quality of life for residents.

There are federal and state standards; nursing homes and assisted living facilities must follow specific rules and guidelines, and provide a certain quality of care and service.

You need an attorney who understands the laws and requirements.

Attorney Kevin Coluccio understands the rules and laws that apply to these facilities, and works to hold them accountable.

You can contact Coluccio Law to discuss a potential nursing home abuse or neglect case.

Elder abuse and neglect is preventable.

Elder abuse should not happen.

Abuse occurs when care plans are ignored, facilities are understaffed, or supervision is lax.

Even though it can be difficult for seniors and their families, holding the negligent facility accountable can save other people from that same mistreatment.

Learn more about elder abuse in Washington at the Elder Abuse Watchdog.

Abuse or neglect must be reported and investigated.

Elder abuse and neglect often goes unreported: victims are unable or unwilling to report it due to their mental state, or the families are unaware it is happening.

An experienced elder abuse attorney can provide you with support, and help ensure that it is properly reported and investigated.

There are state agencies set up to assist elders and their families when abuse or neglect has occurred.  The Washington Department of Social and Health Services has information on adult abuse and prevention, and proper reporting.

Elder Abuse and Neglect Case Results by Kevin Coluccio

Doe v. Nursing Home
$1,500,000 settlement

After being sexually assaulted several times by a nurse’s assistant, a developmentally disabled nursing home patient was finally able to report the assaults.  An investigation supported her claims and it was established that the nursing home negligently hired and supervised the nurse’s assistant.

The nursing home was supposed to protect and care for the patient: they truly failed at every level.

Kevin Coluccio was able to assist the victim, and secure a settlement with the nursing home.

Doe v. Assisted Living Facility
Confidential result

A developmentally disabled young woman was being cared for in a local assisted living facility when she was severely burned in a bathtub.

The young woman needed supervision at the facility, but was allowed to get into a bathtub after one of her care providers failed to test the temperature of the bath water.

The water was scalding hot: after entering and sitting in the tub, the young woman suffered burns over the lower part of her body.

Not only did they fail to supervise the patient, an investigation showed that the facility has allowed the hot water tank setting to exceed the maximum temperature settings allowed by local regulations.