Abuse and neglect can have devastating effects on the health and emotional well-being of a senior living in a nursing home. Both abuse and neglect can lead to serious injury or even death. Unfortunately, because our loved ones are so vulnerable at this stage abuse and neglect are common in nursing homes throughout Florida. If you’re loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect in a Florida nursing home, there are rights and protections in place for you. The nursing home may be held responsible for the actions of its staff and for its failure to enforce policies designed to protect residents.
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Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms.
This mistreatment includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and financial exploitation. Some signs and symptoms of elder abuse include:
Signs that your elderly loved one may have been neglected are:
Unexplained diseases or infections
Failure to guard against falls
Failing to properly turn residents causing skin breakdown/sores
Changes in behavior (e.g. unexplained anger or crying, erratic moods)
Financial exploitation is one of the most common forms of non-physical abuse of the elderly. A caregiver may:
Misuse the elder’s checks, accounts, or credit cards
Steal cash, checks, medication or belongings
Authorize withdrawals or transfer
Steal the patient’s identity
If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, our attorneys can help you assess your options. It is important to document all information relevant to the abuse because the more detailed and specific the information the stronger the case for regulatory and legal claims. With decades of experience handling nursing home abuse lawsuits, our attorneys understand how to file both nursing home abuse reports and legal claims against negligent facilities and employees.
We can help
In a nursing home abuse case, our attorneys will inform the nursing home of the pending allegations and give them an opportunity to respond to the claims. We will also take action to prevent any additional mistreatment. In the majority of cases, the nursing home will attempt to settle the claim out of court. However, our personal injury attorneys at Rubenstein Law will not hesitate to take even the biggest corporations to court if necessary. We have access to expert medical witnesses who can show the link between the client’s injuries and the nursing home’s negligent conduct. The goal of our firm is not only to recover full and fair compensation for our clients who have been abused, but also to deter other nursing homes in Florida from engaging in or allowing similar conduct.
We understand how devastating it can be when your loved one is harmed by a nursing home that was supposed to provide comfort and care. Let us use our experience and knowledge to handle your loved one’s case. If you believe your family member is suffering or hurting due to nursing home neglect or abuse, contact Rubenstein Law’s injury attorneys immediately at 1-800-FL-LEGAL. We’re available to you 24/7, nights and weekends.
In the state of Florida, the Agency for Healthcare Administration monitors nursing homes by performing routine inspection and responding to any complaints. You can visit the Agency for Healthcare Administration website to learn about assisted-living center violations. If you learn that abuse has occurred in the nursing facility of a loved one, contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at Rubenstein Law.
Yes, it is possible to settle a nursing home abuse case outside of court. In fact, 90 percent of cases are settled before actually going to trial, but if the case necessitates going to trial, we are experienced in taking on even the biggest organizations to protect our clients.