Nursing Home Neglect
Protecting Victims of Nursing Home Abuse in Coral Springs
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When you entrust the care of a loved one to a nursing home, you expect
that your loved one will receive a certain standard of care and protection.
Elderly people can be in a fragile state in their life and may require
more medical attention and support, which is why many families choose
to place them in a nursing home. Unfortunately, nursing home residents
do not always receive the standard of care that they need to remain safe
and healthy. In fact, it is estimated approximately 1,800 nursing home
residents die from falls every year. Many more residents suffer from other
types of abuse and neglect, and a majority of these cases go unreported.
If you have placed your elderly loved one in a nursing home, you must be
on the lookout for signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect, and you must
take action immediately if you have reason to believe these are taking
place. Some of the most common signs of neglect and abuse include:
- Broken bones
- Unexplained wounds or bruises
- Bed Sores
- Anxious or emotionally withdrawn
- Being confined or restrained
Types of Nursing Home Abuse in Florida
One of the reasons why nursing home abuse happens so often is because elderly
people are not able to stand up for their rights and seek help or rescue.
Your loved one may not have the ability to tell you that abuse is taking
place, and so it is up to you to be discerning and to detect signs of
abuse. Below, we have listed the most common types of abuse and the affects
each type will have on the victim. Please call Weinstein & Scharf,
P.A. for additional information and help with seeking the justice your
loved one deserves.
Physical abuse is probably the most common type of abuse in nursing homes,
as well as one of the most detrimental types of abuse for an elderly person's
health. This type of abuse is defined as non-accidental use of physical
force against an elderly person. This force can result in pain, impairment,
and sometimes death. Another type of physical abuse that is more subtle
is the inappropriate use of drugs for a variety of reasons or the unnecessary
use of physical restraints. There have been documented cases of physical
abuse in nursing homes where elderly residents have been punched, kicked,
slapped, and even choked.
This is one of the most difficult types of abuse to detect because it is
not nearly as obvious as bruises, broken bones, or other signs that are
a result of physical abuse. Emotional abuse in the verbal sense can include
shouting or threatening language, ridicule and verbal humiliation, or
consistently blaming the elderly person for things that are nor his or
her fault. This type of abuse can also be passive, such as ignoring an
elderly person or forcing them to endure periods of extended isolation.
Emotional abuse can have such a devastating effect on an elderly person
that it can lead to physical symptoms.
Both caregivers and strangers have opportunity to take control of an elderly
person's finances in an abusive manner. Financial abuse in nursing
homes happens when a caregiver uses their position of authority to extort
money or gain the trust of an elderly person for the purpose of taking
their money. There have been many cases reported where a caregiver has
intentionally misused a resident's credit cards or bank account information.
Another type of financial abuse involves healthcare fraud where money
is charged for services that are never delivered.
Neglecting to provide elderly residents with the standard level of treatment
and care that they need is simply unacceptable. If you have noticed that
your loved one has experienced weight loss or is showing signs of dehydration,
he or she may not be receiving the food and water they need. Nursing homes
are commonly understaffed and staff members are not always adequately
trained, and it is the residents who suffer as a result. Left unattended,
elderly people can suffer from malnutrition, falls, inadequate sanitation,
untreated bed sores, and more.
File a Claim for Abuse in Nursing Homes
No one has the right to neglect someone that has been entrusted to their
care. Through the use of effective legal means, our team of
Coral Springs personal injury lawyers will help you seek justice for your loved one and prevent the same abuse
from happening to anyone else. Those in nursing homes deserve respect
and to have their dignity kept intact. We pride ourselves in our personalized
service and genuinely care that our clients obtain a favorable outcome
so that they can look toward a better future.