Riviera Beach Elder Abuse
Most healthcare providers are warm, compassionate, and friendly people. Since medicine is such a demanding field, few pursue a career in it unless they truly love working with patients.
As with any industry, though, there are always exceptions. Not all doctors and nurses can handle the demands of the job—or even want to—and their patients suffer as a result.
Anyone who receives substandard medical care can experience devastating consequences, but senior citizens are especially vulnerable to serious injury and illness when their caregivers are abusive or negligent. If your loved one was seriously injured or died due to nursing home abuse or neglect, you may have grounds for a claim against the at-fault caregivers and facility.
To discuss your case and determine the most strategic way to proceed, contact Donaldson & Weston. We will do everything in our power to help you hold the liable caregivers and facility accountable for their misconduct. Call 561-299-3999 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our compassionate elder neglect lawyers in Riviera Beach.When Might Punitive Damages be Recoverable in a Riviera Beach Elder Abuse Case?
Unlike compensatory damages, which reimburse plaintiffs for economic and non-economic losses, punitive damages are intended to punish those responsible for the abuse. Punitive awards also aim to deter similar transgressions in the future.
Although punitive damages are not awarded in most cases of elder neglect, they may be recoverable if the defendant acted with gross negligence or intentional malice. If, for example, a caregiver physically or sexually abused your elderly loved one, the court might determine that punitive damages are warranted.
Gross negligence refers to conduct so reckless that it exhibits a conscious disregard or indifference to the life, safety, or rights of the victim. Intentional malice, on the other hand, occurs when the wrongdoer is aware of the risks of the conduct in question but proceeds anyway.
While punitive damages can be substantial, proving either gross negligence or intentional malice is challenging. The elder abuse lawyers at Donaldson & Weston know what it takes to obtain punitive damages when they are warranted, and they can help you fight for the full compensation you and your family deserves.Discuss Your Claim with an Elder Abuse Attorney in Riviera Beach
If you want to sue a long-term care facility for neglecting or abusing your loved one, turn to Donaldson & Weston. Our elder abuse lawyers take great pride in helping innocent victims and their families recover the compensation they need to move on with life.
Our attorneys can help you gather evidence, file the necessary paperwork, arrange expert witness testimony, file subpoenas for evidence that is being withheld, and negotiate with the opposing party. We also have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court if your case goes to trial. Call 561-299-3999 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with one of the leading elder abuse attorneys in Riviera Beach.