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Florida Nursing Home Mistreatment Is Serious – What to Look For

Nursing home abuse and neglect is difficult to discuss, let alone think about. Nursing and retirement homes are often clean, colorful, and cheerful in appearance on the outside. However, when families are not present during times of visits, another story can be told. This story is often a very sad, infuriating one. Staff members mistreat their patrons, who are either too physically frail or mentally incapable to stand up for themselves. Elder abuse is a growing problem in the U.S. as the population ages. Most abuse is done by relatives of the victim, which is partially why it is so under reported. Victims do not wish to get their family member in trouble, and the same goes for other family members who may witness the abuse without speaking up. We cannot always expect the victims to report the abuse or neglect themselves, since they make believe they are mentally unable to accomplish the task or the fear retaliation by the abuser if they find out that they were reported. Contact our Florida nursing home abuse attorneys for more information.

Many of us have heard these horrific tales of nursing home abuse and neglect. However, no-one believes it will happen to them or their loved one. Due to poorly trained employees and inadequate staffing levels, for some families and their loved ones, it is a reality.

Nursing home abuse and neglect can cause extreme hardships, distress, injuries, illnesses and in some cases, even death. It is important to be mindful of the various signs of abuse or neglect, so that you are able to ensure you or your loved one is receiving the highest standard of care. Contact our Florida nursing home abuse attorneys if you or a loved one has suffered any forms of abuse or if you suspect that there has been abuse.

All Nursing Homes and Other Elderly Care Centers Must Post Residents’ Rights

By law, all staff members of nursing homes and retirement centers must let the residents make their own decisions. Nursing homes are obligated to post this rule for all residents to see, and they must make it well-known to all their staff. A staff member cannot force a resident to eat, be confined in their room after certain hours, or other actions that the resident does not wish to do. Despite this Florida law, many residents to not know of its existence, and often staff will violate it in either small or large ways. When a resident has their rights taken from them in this manner by not being able to make their own decisions, they may have grounds to file a nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuit. If you or a loved one believe that rights have been violated, contact one of our Florida nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys today for a free consultation.

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  • Physical injuries;
  • Malnutrition or dehydration;
  • Improper or overmedication;
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain;
  • Unexplained or suspicious death;
  • Bed sores;
  • Drastically diminished personal hygiene;
  • Unsanitary conditions;
  • Accusations or signs of sexual assault; and/or
  • Signs of physical or chemical restraints.
Nursing home abuse includes the following:
  • Physical abuse, which occurs whenever intentional harm is inflicted on the resident;
  • Emotional abuse or neglect, which occurs when the resident is yelled at, teased, repeatedly left alone against the resident’s wishes, or other emotional torment;
  • Sexual abuse occurs, which whenever the resident is physically touched, talked to, or treated in any way that they do not wish to be that would fall under sexual abuse by any normal standard;
  • Denying the resident food;
  • Denying the resident water;
  • Medical neglect, which is one of the most common forms of nursing home abuse and consists of denial of necessary medical services to prevent or treat an injury or illness, and the improper administration of medication;
  • Denying the resident comforts such as blankets, clothing, toiletries, and other necessities, as well as failing to provide a safe and clean environment; and
  • Stealing from the resident.

You Must Not Delay If You Have an Florida Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Claim in Florida.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect legal claims are time sensitive due to:

  • Statute of limitations;
  • The ability to recover essential evidence for your nursing home abuse or neglect claim;
  • The ability to contact all relevant witnesses for the purpose of conducting the most accurate depositions possible to effectively support your nursing home abuse or neglect claim;
  • The fact that you must ensure your legal rights are protected so that you are not tricked into accepting a settlement offer from an insurance company before you are fully aware of the full extent of the injuries, how those injuries may impact your life, as well as future medical treatment you may require.

If you require professional legal services regarding Florida nursing home abuse or neglect, be proactive in protecting your legal rights by seeking legal advice from our experienced attorneys. Contact Hogan Frick to review your case with one of our skilled Florida nursing home abuse attorneys.