When you place your loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you are entrusting the facility with the care of a vulnerable person. Sadly, because of their vulnerability, individuals in these facilities often fall victim to abuse and neglect.
Florida has robust administrative rules in place to protect individuals in the care of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. At Trelles & Bichler, we understand the finer points of these regulations and use them to our client’s full advantage. We offer compassionate care to the family while pursuing the victim’s highest recovery.
Unfortunately, many elderly and disabled patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are unable to tell someone if they are being neglected or abused. Other patients may be too fearful of retribution to speak up about abuse or neglect. Unfortunately, many families do not realize their loved ones are suffering abuse until there is a serious injury or even death.
Abuse in nursing homes and other facilities can take many forms. Commonly, these cases involve one or more of the following:
Because elder abuse and nursing home abuse can be subtle, it is important to diligently look for signs of abuse or neglect when visiting loved ones in a long-term care facility. If a patient is in immediate danger, report the abuse to local law enforcement officers. You can also report nursing home abuse in Florida to the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Adult Protective Services division of the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Some signs of elder abuse and neglect may be subtle. For example, a nursing home patient may withdraw or begin having nightmares. Some patients may start losing weight for no apparent reason or lose their appetite. However, these signs could also be symptoms of one or more medical or mental health conditions. Therefore, it may be difficult to determine if a loved one is being abused.
If you suspect abuse, but you are not sure, you may want to consult your loved one’s family doctor. If the only doctor treating your loved one is a doctor for the nursing home, you may want to take your loved one to an independent doctor for a medical examination and evaluation.
Signs that could indicate nursing home abuse include:
Any unusual behavior or medical conditions could indicate abuse or neglect. Do not hesitate to act if you suspect nursing home abuse or elder neglect.
If your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home or assisted living facility, he or she may be entitled to compensation for injuries, pain, suffering, and other damages. If your loved one died in a nursing home because of abuse or neglect, you might have a claim for wrongful death.
The attorneys of Trelles & Bichler help families and individuals hold parties responsible for abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Let our Palm Beach nursing home abuse attorneys help you and your loved one fight to end nursing home abuse.
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