How to Handle Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

elderly woman alone looking out the windowAs a society, we have come to rely on nursing homes to properly care for our loved ones.

Nursing homes have a large reponsibility to provide adequate care and attention to residents.

Serious or fatal injuries result, when nursing home residents are neglected or abused. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect or abuse is not uncommon. 

Some common forms of abuse include:

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Failure to provide prompt medical care, leading to complications
  • Malnourishment or Dehydration
  • Failure to care for bedridden residents, often resulting in bed sores or ulcers
  • Physical or Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Failure to adequately monitor a resident, possibly resulting in a fall

Often, negligence is due to understaffing or poorly trained employees, but if the facility violated the Florida elder abuse laws, contact an attorney who can strategically prove that the abuse is due directly to the nursing home, and not a pre-existing condition. 

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Some other signs of nursing abuse include:

  • Bed Sores
  • Ulcers
  • Weight Loss
  • Bruises
  • Anxiety or Irritation, without obvious cause
  • Restraints
  • Memory Loss or forgetfulness, as related to severe mental suffering

In 2008, 94% of nursing homes violated standard health and safety regulations, according to federal investigators. In 2007, when almost 40,000 nursing home condition complaints were filed. Of the 39% of those substantiated claims, one-fifth of them were upheld as nursing home abuse or neglect. 

If you suspect a loved one is mistreated, harmed, or not receiving adequate attention, as a result of nursing home abuse or negligence, contact Lowman Law Firm today. We will help you navigate through your legal options, and confront those responsible in a court of law.