Florida Elder Abuse
It's a sad reality that many nursing homes in Florida are more concerned about their profits than their patients. There’s no excuse for neglecting or abusing an elderly person, but millions of such cases are reported in the United States every year. If a member of your family has received substandard care or egregious treatment at a long-term care facility, turn to the elder abuse attorneys at Donaldson & Weston for representation.
The laws and procedures that govern elder abuse and neglect claims are complicated, but our lawyers have extensive experience handling these cases and getting our clients the compensation they deserve. If you are unable to come to our office, we will come to you. Call us today at 772-266-5555 for a free, no-obligation consultation.Know the Signs of Elder Abuse and Neglect
It’s always devastating to find out that an elderly loved one has suffered neglect or abuse. In addition to feeling rage toward the perpetrators, you might also feel guilty that you didn’t notice the signs earlier. Unfortunately, the symptoms of elder abuse and neglect are often subtle, and evidence of mistreatment is sometimes covered up or destroyed.
Even if you’re not sure whether your loved one has been a victim, you should still take the necessary steps to protect him or her and other residents. Call the Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE to report the alleged incident, and contact a Florida elder abuse lawyer to discuss your case.
Here are just a few signs that a nursing home resident is being abused, neglected, or exploited:
Pressure Ulcers: Also called "bedsores," pressure ulcers develop when patients are restricted to their beds for an extended number of hours. They are incredibly painful and can lead to serious infections. Bedsores can develop when negligent nursing home staff fail to move a patient often enough.
Weight Loss: If your loved one appears skinnier than usual, it could be a sign of malnutrition. Nursing homes have a duty to provide their residents with a healthy diet, and failing to do so could be grounds for a negligence claim.
Poor Hygiene: This is a sign that a resident hasn't been bathed. You should be especially concerned if you also notice that your loved one's surroundings are unclean and disorderly.
Bruises and Other Injuries: It might seem obvious that a physical injury is a sign of abuse, but some nursing home residents are unable to report their mistreatment or too afraid to do so. It’s a good idea to look for bruises and other injuries during routine visits.
Unusual Financial Account Activity: Financial exploitation is rampant in nursing homes and may be grounds for a claim against the caregiver and facility.
Our law firm is proud to help victims of elder abuse and neglect hold the liable caregivers and nursing homes accountable for their misconduct. If you’re ready to discuss your case with one of our Florida elder neglect attorneys, call 772-266-5555 or Contact Us Online.