West Palm Beach Nursing Home Neglect (Negligence)
It’s never an easy decision to entrust the care of a loved one to a nursing home or an assisted living facility. When that trust is violated due to nursing home neglect (negligence) it can be a devastating experience. Because of their vulnerability, residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities often become victims of nursing home neglect (negligence) and abuse. Florida has stringent laws in place to protect the rights of people in the care of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. If you believe your loved one has been a victim of nursing home neglect (negligence) or abuse, an experienced nursing home neglect (negligence) attorney can help.
Common Injuries From Nursing Home Neglect (Negligence)
Signs of elder abuse can be subtle. An individual may be withdrawn, experience nightmares, or lose their appetite, yet these could be attributed to illness. Some of the most common signs of nursing home negligence (neglect) are:
- Bruises and lacerations
- Bed sores
- Broken bones and fractures
- Changes in appetite or weight loss
- Missing personal belongings or money
- Poor personal hygiene
- Dirty clothes and bed linens
- Substandard facility maintenance or housekeeping
- Infections or illnesses with no obvious cause
- Fear and anxiety
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NURSING HOME NEGLECT (NEGLIGENCE) CLAIMS BASICS
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs provides an Elder Abuse Prevention Program that supports programs and services to protect elders from all forms of abuse. Designed to increase awareness of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, the program provides educational resources, but does not conduct investigations. If you’ve been diligent about searching for signs of nursing home neglect (negligence) and abuse when visiting your loved one and have reason to suspect maltreatment, you can report neglect or abuse by calling the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE. If a nursing home patient is in immediate danger, contact local law enforcement right away. It’s also an excellent idea to take them to an independent family doctor for a medical examination and evaluation.
If your beloved nursing home or assisted living facility resident has been a victim of nursing home neglect (negligence) or abuse, he or she may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, and other damages. If your loved one died in a nursing home due to neglect (negligence) or abuse, you may have a wrongful death claim. We can help you find justice and hold the responsible parties accountable.
NURSING HOME NEGLECT (NEGLIGENCE)
There are over 663 nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities throughout the state of Florida, regulated by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). The AHCA will investigate claims against nursing homes when necessary. In South Florida, nursing home neglect (negligence) and abuse takes place for many reasons, from inadequate staffing, to a lack of ongoing training regarding neglect and elder abuse, to a failure to establish and enforce clear procedures and standards of care characterized by compassion.
Other common causes of nursing home neglect (negligence) and abuse stem from a lack of proper facility maintenance and hygiene standards, as evidenced by foul odors and dirty clothes and bed linens. If you notice any of these factors when visiting your loved one, you may have a case against the facility.