Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
If you found this page, chances are you suspect a loved one’s injuries or even their death was the result of nursing home abuse. Many seniors live in nursing homes throughout the country, especially Florida, which is one of the most popular retirement states in the country. The seniors of this country deserve to live the duration of their lives free from abuse and neglect. Their care is entrusted to the facility in which they reside, and more so to the employees who the facility hires. Detecting abuse and neglect may be more difficult to distinguish when it comes to nursing home residents, as their age or affliction may make their ability to communicate little to non-existent. The Mayer Law Firm is here to help you and can assist you in filing an abuse and neglect claim.
What are the signs of nursing home abuse?
When a nursing homes action falls below the reasonable standard of care, neglect is committed. When the nursing homes actions are intended to cause harm, the nursing home commits abuse. Neglect and abuse can appear in various forms, this includes emotional, psychological, sexual and physical. Each form of abuse can come with different warning signs, a few ‘red flags’ to watch out for are extreme behavior change, scratches, bed (pressure) sores, unexplainable bruises and unexpected hospital stays. As an example of physical abuse, and immobile resident may have a doctor’s order to be repositioned or moved after a specified amount of time and the doctors order get disregarded. This failure to follow doctors ordered will likely result in the elderly resident developing bed sores (pressure ulcers) and this is a form of neglect and abuse.
Common Injuries Resulting from Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect:
- Head Trauma
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Sprains & Dislocations
- .Bone Fractures
- Internal Injuries
- Septic Shock
- Subdural Hematoma
- Prescription Drug Error
- Chemical Restraints/Sedation
- Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores)
- Abrasions, Bruises, Broken Bones
- Dental and Oral Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Permanent Disability
- Organ Failure
- Isolation of Resident
Do I have a nursing home abuse case?
If you think you have a nursing home abuse case don’t hesitate to contact The Mayer Law Firm today, two question you can ask yourself are: Did the nursing home faculty or other resident do something that they weren’t supposed to? This is known as negligence. Also, did that action, or in some cases inaction, cause an injury, disability or wrongful death? This is known as causation.
Nursing Home Legal Claim Cases
Nursing home abuse law deals with criminal, civil and regulatory standards for the unlawful and negligent treatment of elderly people by the administrators, staff and other residents of the facility. Often times, states such as Florida have additional rules which nursing homes must abide by, or face the consequence of the law. Generally speaking, nursing homes are typically held to a high standard of care, this doesn’t mean abuse doesn’t happen, our professional and respectful law firm understands this. If you believe your loved one suffered at the hands of facility staff and sustained injuries, psychological harm or died as a result of negligent or abusive treatment, we are here to help. Contact us today for a consultation.
Other Types of Nursing Home Abuse:
- Sexual Assault
- Failure to Follow Physician Orders
- Improper Physical Restraints
- Failure to Attend Resident Health Needs Properly
- Emotional Needs
- Resident on Resident Violence