Hollywood Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Our society has a duty to protect those most vulnerable among us, including residents in nursing home facilities. It is a responsibility the state of Florida takes seriously; there are serious criminal and civil repercussions for those who abuse, neglect or exploit nursing home residents.
If you have experienced this type of mistreatment, you may have a claim for actual and punitive damages. Not sure if what you are experiencing is classified as abuse? Contact an attorney to learn more about your rights and the courses of action available to you.
How to Recognize Nursing Home Abuse
Some types of nursing home abuse are easier to recognize than others. Physical assault, for example, can result in bruising, broken bones, and other visible signs of trauma. Other forms of abuse and neglect are just as harmful but may be more difficult to detect. In some cases, the victim may not realize that what they are experiencing is a violation of their rights.
In Florida, nursing home abuse is defined as “any willful act or threatened act by a relative, caregiver, or household member which causes or is likely to cause significant impairment to a vulnerable adult’s physical, mental, or emotional health.”
Nursing home abuse, neglect or exploitation may present as:
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Poor hygiene
- Missing or damaged personal effects
- Misappropriated funds
- Changes in physical condition or behavior due to over-medicating or administering the wrong medication
- Infected wounds
- Fear, anxiety, depression, and other mental health symptoms
- Sudden or unexplained death while in nursing home care
It is important to note that abuse includes both acts and omissions. Caregivers have a legal responsibility to make a reasonable effort to protect nursing home residents from abuse, neglect, or exploitation by others. Those who witness abuse and fail to report it may be found liable in a nursing home abuse lawsuit, as well.
Abuse may be ongoing, but even a single act of carelessness that could reasonably be expected to result in serious injury—physical or psychological—is a violation of resident rights. When nursing home abuse occurs, our law firm is here to advocate for your rights and seek the compensation you deserve.
Call 1-800-516-4783 today to discuss the details of your situation with a Hollywood nursing home abuse lawyer. Our service is 100% confidential, and your initial case consultation is free of charge.
Do You Need a Hollywood Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer?
Nursing home abuse cases can be complicated, as the care facility itself produces much of the evidence required to prove damages. Florida nursing homes are mandated to:
- Ensure that nursing home staff are experienced, qualified health care professionals
- Check that staff have achieved the number of educational hours required by the state, submitted a criminal record check, and kept their vaccinations up to date
- Have at least one physician, one nurse, and one dietician—each eligible to practice in Florida—available to residents
- Provide nutritious meals, daily exercise, social activities, and compassionate care
- Give residents access to emergency care and medication, legal and other service professionals, and counseling as needed
- Keep residents safe and protect them from all forms of abuse and neglect
- Respect patient privacy at all times including while bathing, toileting, and providing personal care
Florida law protects nursing home residents from abuse by caregivers, nursing home support staff and volunteers, service providers and anyone else charged with the supervision of a vulnerable adult.
When that duty of care is not maintained, you need a strong advocate in your corner. Our law firm is experienced and skilled in investigating and proving nursing home abuse cases. We act quickly to request and protect evidence that could prove critical in negotiations or court.
Call 1-800-516-4783 for a free case evaluation to see whether you could benefit from the assistance of a nursing home abuse attorney.
Do I Need a Lawyer If I Have Already Filed a Complaint with the Nursing Home and State?
If you believe you or a loved one are experiencing nursing home abuse or neglect, make sure to document as much as possible and report it immediately to the administrative team at the nursing home. Depending on the severity of the situation and the response from the facility, you might also escalate your complaint to the Florida Department of Health. Reporting to these entities is a crucial first step in stopping the abuse.
It is not your only recourse, though. While reporting to the authorities may stop the abuse and could result in criminal charges, it does not provide reparations for your monetary losses or pain and suffering.
In the state of Florida, a vulnerable adult who has been abused, neglected or exploited has a cause of civil action against any perpetrator.
How Your Hollywood Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Helps
The legal professionals at our law firm fight tirelessly for the clients we serve. Protecting the rights of vulnerable adults is what we do; when you need a caring and compassionate attorney to seek justice on your behalf, we are here.
In our investigation, we may find that there are several parties liable for the abuse which may include the abuser as well as any other caregivers who did not exercise their duty to protect the resident from such harm. We hold all responsible for failing their duty to nursing home residents. Your attorney can also help with:
- Scheduling appointments or medical tests to ensure that you receive the care you need for your injuries
- Documenting damages and inventorying your personal assets in cases of theft or misappropriation
- Communicating with nursing home management or administrators on your behalf
- Collecting and organizing evidence, medical reports, expert testimony, and more
- Filing orders to protect clients against further abuse or misappropriation of assets
Do Not Delay—Take Advantage of a Free Consultation Now
You have two years from either the date the incident occurred or the time the abuse was discovered to file your claim. Once an action has begun, we can ask the court to exercise the right of an elderly patient to a speedy trial, to recover compensation for you as quickly as possible.
You are not alone in this fight. A lawyer can help you recover funds to pay for alternative care, counseling and therapy, and other medical expenses. A judge may also award punitive damages to compensate for your pain and suffering. It all begins with a free case consultation. Call 1-800-516-4783 to schedule yours now.