As we age, we may lose the ability to take care of ourselves. Nursing home facilities are meant to provide a solution for elderly individuals who require assistance with daily tasks. One of the most basic services that Florida nursing homes are legally required to provide is assistance with maintaining daily hygiene. If hygiene is not addressed on a regular basis, the outcome can be painful and devastating. There are many signs of a nursing home facility failing to provide sufficient assistance with maintaining hygiene. Regardless of the reason, the nursing home facility is liable for any injuries or damages that result from its failure to provide appropriate assistance and care to its elderly residents. At Donaldson & Weston, our Stuart nursing home negligence lawyers pride ourselves on providing vigorous and diligent legal representation to elderly individuals and their families. We have aided families throughout Martin, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie Counties. You should not let a nursing home get away with providing your loved one or you with subpar care or treatment.Recognizing Poor Hygiene in Nursing Home Facilities
One of the most common reasons that poor hygiene happens in nursing home facilities is understaffing. When a nursing home facility does not have enough staff to attend to each resident, the staff may fail to recognize emerging conditions or to provide each resident with the assistance that they require. Another common reason that poor hygiene emerges is lack of training. If the nursing home fails to hire appropriately trained staff, or the staff lacks the level of skill required, the residents may suffer as a result. For example, if a resident routinely wears diapers to address a condition involving incontinence, the diaper needs to be changed regularly to prevent rashes, infections, and other conditions. There are many signs that poor hygiene is happening, such as bedsores, illness, weight loss, and rashes. The resident may also exhibit some emotional distress, anxiety, or depression as a result of being left to live in substandard hygiene for a prolonged period of time without the ability to help himself or herself. Finally, signs of poor hygiene may also be present through unsanitary rooms, linens, bedding, and clothing.Asserting Your Right to Compensation for Neglect Causing Poor Hygiene
If the nursing home where you reside or where your loved one resides allows your loved one or you to suffer from poor hygiene, you can file a negligence action against the facility to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. In the lawsuit, you will need to prove that the nursing home failed to provide your loved one or you with adequate care, assistance, and medical supervision. Florida has passed a number of laws that set minimum standards for nursing homes. These guidelines set staffing requirements to ensure that there are enough nurses to assist each resident, as well as training requirements and standard of living requirements. The basic set of rights that Florida has provided for elders requires a nursing home to provide a safe, clean, comfortable, and homelike living situation. This has been interpreted as requiring clean bedding, hot water, sufficient lighting, and tidy living quarters. If a nursing home fails to abide by these regulations and standards, the nursing home has likely engaged in negligent care.
After proving that the nursing home was negligent, you must show that this negligence was the cause of the injuries that your loved one or you suffered. The nursing home may try to argue that the resident was suffering from medical conditions that resulted in the hygiene-related symptoms in order to avoid liability. Documenting your condition and the lack of care that you received is important to establishing causation. The last stage of the lawsuit involves calculating the amount of compensation that you are entitled to receive from the defendant. You can recover compensation for your medical expenses associated with the injuries that you sustained as well as pain and suffering. A dedicated elder law attorney can help you ensure that you obtain the full amount of financial compensation that you are entitled to receive under the law.Meet with a Nursing Home Negligence Attorney in Stuart or Surrounding Areas
At Donaldson & Weston, we can aid families with understanding their legal rights regarding elder law and nursing home negligence cases. Realizing that your loved one has been left to suffer from poor hygiene and substandard living conditions without the ability to protect their own well-being can be devastating. Although no amount of money will truly make you whole again, it can help you cope with the financial impact of the neglect and the emotional suffering. Serving people in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, and Jupiter, as well as other areas of Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties, we fight physical, sexual, financial, and emotional abuse in nursing homes. Our attorneys offer a free consultation to help you learn about your options. Call us now at 1-772-266-5555 or contact us online.