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If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages.

Nursing home abuse is an increasingly common problem that is usually committed by caregivers or individuals that the elder trusts. 

Help us put an end to abuse and neglect. Reach out to your local Florida nursing home abuse lawyer from Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey, & Fronrath today by calling (561) 655-1990 or visiting our site.

Read on to learn more about nursing home abuse and how your attorney can help you collect the maximum compensation you are entitled to.


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How to Report Abuse

The Florida Department of Children and Families is dedicated to protecting vulnerable adults from abuse, whether those persons are adults with disabilities or elder adults. 

In the state of Florida, the law requires that any known or suspected abuse, exploitation, or neglect of an elder or otherwise vulnerable adult be reported.

Victims of the families of the abused or the abused themselves should contact 911 immediately. You can also reach out to the Florida Abuse Hotline to file a report. 

Connecting with an attorney will also ensure that you are able to recover the full financial compensation you are entitled to.

Common Nursing Home Abuse Injuries

If you or a loved one is in a nursing home or other type of assisted care facility, you are owed a duty of care from the facility and its staff. They are obligated to engage in practices that support your health and safety.

While some common nursing home injuries are difficult to detect, like psychological injury due to emotional abuse, others are easier to look out for. 

Bed Rail Injuries

One of the most common causes of injury and death in nursing homes that many people are not aware of is bed rails. Unsafe bed rails can restrict movement, and even restrict breathing leading to the risk of death.

Bedsores 

Bedsores are a risk to any residents who cannot move freely. When bedsores occur, there is sure-fire evidence of neglect and a violation of the facility’s duty.

Broken Bones (Fractures)

Nursing homes must be kept safe and free of hazards that might cause slip-and-falls that lead to broken bones. They are also responsible for making sure that staff treat patients gently and with respect to ensure no harm.

Concussions

A concussion is a minor form of traumatic brain injury and happens when there is a bump or blow to the head. Concussions can impact your life in many ways and can entitle you to significant damages and related compensation.

Infections 

When wounds and other issues develop, they must be kept clean and sterile to avoid the risk of infection and related harm. When infections happen the facility has likely failed to do its job correctly.

Signs of Abuse to Watch Out For

Nursing home abuse can take on many forms, ranging from physical to emotional and even financial. Making sure that your loved one is being taken care of requires taking the time to check out their environment, and their current status.

Physical Clues

Some common physical clues of abuse begin with cuts, scrapes, and bruises. These are signs that are easy to spot and something that you can watch out for without seeming too intrusive or pushy. 

Some other physical clues are harder to spot, like changes in movement or difficulty performing tasks like in the past.

Physical clues can also include any changes in the behavior of your loved one. If their energy levels or mood have taken a change for the worse, then they might be experiencing the deteriorating effects that come with long-term nursing home abuse. 

Your Florida nursing home abuse lawyer is standing by to provide a risk-free consultation to discuss these signs and what they might mean for your case.

Mental & Emotional Clues

When a loved one is experiencing abuse of any form, there will be mental and emotional repercussions as well. If you don’t see any exterior signs of abuse, but your loved one in the nursing home seems less content or excited about life, this could be due to mental and emotional abuse.

Common signs of mental and emotional abuse include withdrawing from social interactions. Changes in mood or irritability may also occur as the abused elder person often cannot act against their abusers so their frustrations might be vented in other areas.

Financial Clues

One of the most significant and common forms of nursing home abuse is financial abuse. This can include the theft of personal belongings. 

Financial abuse can also involve identity theft or just outright theft of money by gaining illicit access to the elder person’s accounts or forging checks from their accounts. Abusers can also manipulate the elderly into getting their banking info or having money transferred to their accounts.

If you suspect your nursing home or the staff have been stealing from you, or if your loved one’s accounts and belongings are going missing, it may be financial abuse. This entitles you to restitution and compensation for the losses of you or your loved one.

What to Do if You Suspect Abuse

If you see the signs, here’s a step-by-step guide on what to do. 

1. Speak with the victim.

Speaking with the victim of elder abuse is the first step to collecting information. However, this is not always possible, as some victims might have a condition that impacts their memory or they might not be able to clearly communicate their experiences of abuse.

2. Speak with management/administration.

Raise your concerns with staff superiors. Ask questions pertaining to your elderly loved one’s care and gauge the responses carefully. Contacting the administration also contributes to a record of action taken to investigate or stop the abuse. 

3. Contact the authorities.

The options available to report nursing home abuse will vary from area to area. However, 911 is always the first step if you believe your loved one’s life is in danger. You can also call the Florida Abuse Hotline.

Contacting the authorities and making an official report of the suspected abuse provides an important piece of evidence in your case that can be used by your Florida nursing home abuse attorney.

4. Hire an attorney for legal advice.

Reaching out to an attorney as soon as possible after you have detected the signs of abuse will support the best possible outcome in your case. 

Your attorney will collect the evidence you need to make the most of your case by putting legal instruments like depositions, interrogatories, and requests for production to work.

Certain Conditions Make Abuse More Likely

There are some conditions that make the elderly more vulnerable to abuse and also less likely to be able to report it. 

Abusers will take advantage of these weaknesses to get away with their behavior, but your experienced Florida nursing home abuse lawyer has seen it all before.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

When someone has a condition that impacts their memory, nursing home abuse is especially tragic. While persons with Alzheimer’s or dementia might not remember the cause of their pain, the symptoms and injuries associated with abuse linger long after the actual abuse, whether they can recall it or not.

Physical Weakness

If an elderly person is particularly weak, they will be incapable of defending themselves in the event of aggression or abuse. Especially weak elderly persons might also be unable to explain themselves.

Stubbornness

Some elderly persons are unwilling to admit to abuse due to stubbornness or pride. They know that what is being done to them is entirely wrong, but they are upset that they cannot stop the abuse on their own. 

This can be unfortunate as they might be unwilling to report abuse until it has become very serious and the symptoms have caused lasting injury.

Social Isolation

Nursing home abuse can persist indefinitely if an elderly person is socially isolated and others are not able to observe their condition regularly. 

When it is not possible to visit a loved one in an assisted-care facility as often as you might like, it can be a good idea to hire someone to help provide ongoing check-ups to ensure the ongoing health and safety of your loved one.

Abuse that occurs within the context of social isolation can be especially harmful and damaging as that might be most of the limited contact that elderly person has. 

If you or a loved one has suffered nursing home abuse due to social isolation, your local Florida nursing home abuse lawyer is standing by to provide a risk-free, cost-free, case assessment to determine what our options might be.

Our Florida Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Help

Working with an attorney to advocate against nursing home abuse and to make the most of the compensation you or your loved one is entitled to will take the burden out of your day-to-day life.

Your attorney takes over for you, handling all communications and negotiations with the nursing home facility and their insurance company. Our firm is client-focused from the get-go, and if we take your case you can rest assured that your claim will be handled efficiently, effectively, and result in the best possible compensation.

While you might think that your local Florida nursing home abuse lawyer is going to be too expensive to afford, this is simply not the case. You can reach out to us today for a risk-free, cost-free consultation on your situation. If we take your case we only get paid if we win.

Reach out today to schedule a consultation with your Florida nursing home abuse lawyer from Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey, & Fronrath, or call (561) 655-1990.

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