Nursing Home Abuse
The elderly population is a growing population nationwide and especially in southern Florida. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is growing as well. The need for more facilities along with more skilled, trained nurses, orderlies, caregivers and qualified administrators, opens the door for abuse and neglect from untrained, overworked and understaffed employees, while government agencies struggle to provide enough oversight to identify and correct problems. Having an lawyer on your side is often the quickest and most effective way to put an immediate stop to abuse and neglect in a nursing home, and to hold those responsible accountable for the harm they have caused. In Fort Lauderdale, Friedland & Associates is committed to making wrongs right in Florida nursing homes and protecting the health, safety and legal rights of Fort Lauderdale nursing home residents.
How to spot nursing home neglect and abuse
Abuse and neglect can take many different forms: physical, verbal, emotional or psychological. Abusive practices may be carried out for discipline or punishment, while neglect may be brought about through a simple lack of care from untrained, unskilled or apathetic workers, or in facilities where the resident-to-staff ratio is too much to reasonably care for. Contact our nursing home abuse lawyers and be on the lookout for any of the following signs of nursing home abuse and neglect:
- Bedsores (pressure ulcers)
- Cuts or bruises
- Marks around the ankles or wrists
- Dirty linens
- Resident is ungroomed
- Unclean areas, including residents’ rooms, bathrooms, dining halls and recreation rooms
- Resident shows signs of fear or anxiety
Causes of abuse and neglect may include any of the following, among others:
- Medication errors
- Neglect of medical issues
- Isolation from human contact
- Lack of bathing, grooming and personal hygiene
- Physical abuse
Unfortunately, neglect and abuse in a nursing home can be hard to prove. Residents may be fearful of reprisals and afraid to report or confirm abuse, or they may be too embarrassed to admit they were mistreated. Nursing home staff and administrators may try to explain the injuries as caused by dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other mental or physical deterioration associated with aging. At Friedland & Associates, we apply a wide range of investigative techniques to ascertain the true facts and hold nursing facilities accountable when their lack of care or oversight is the cause of a resident’s injuries.
Stop Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect with Help from Friedland & Associates
Florida law provides a lengthy list of rights of nursing home residents, as well as the legal right to bring a lawsuit for violation of any of these rights. The law allows injured residents to recover compensation for all of their actual damages, as well as punitive damages, lawyer’s fees and court costs. In the right hands, this law is a powerful weapon in the fight against nursing home abuse and neglect. If you or a loved one has been injured due to abuse or neglect in a Fort Lauderdale nursing home, assisted living or other long-term care facility, call Friedland & Associates at 877-271-6605 for a no-cost, confidential consultation on your potential claims.