Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
The nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Madalon Law understand that a nursing home case makes a victim out of your loved one and causes pain and suffering for not just them, but your entire family.
Placing a relative in a nursing home may be one of the toughest and most traumatic decisions a person can make. It could be due to a sudden change in their health condition like a stroke or severe illness. Maybe they are suddenly more physically dependent on others because of a recent fall or injury. Whatever the reason, a family can spend the next few weeks, months or even years wondering if placing a loved one in a nursing home was the right decision.
Many families are eventually faced with this tough decision. According to the State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, there are currently around 73,000 senior adults living in nursing homes throughout the state of Florida.
Even though there is a level of care outlined by Florida state laws, there are elderly care professionals who do not provide the proper care and show a level of neglect that can actually harm the elderly people they are supposed to be caring for.
Once your loved one is a nursing home resident, you are no longer with them 24 hours a day. The thought of not knowing what is really going on is truly a horrible feeling, but there are some signs that may let you know if there is reason for concern.
Here are some of the more common physical signs of nursing home abuse or neglect:
- Bruises that seem to take on a pattern of restraints
- Unattended health problems
- Poor personal hygiene
- An abnormally pale complexion
- Sudden and/or excessive weight loss
- Dirt, fleas or lice on resident or in a resident’s room
- Broken personal items
- Torn clothing
- Unpleasant odors
- Wounds, cuts, bruises, welts or untreated bed sores
- A lack of proper heating or cooling in the nursing home
- A slip and/or fall
- A sudden change in your loved one’s medication
- If a caregiver allows your loved one to wonder off the property
- If a caregiver is unable to explain your loved one’s condition
- If a caregiver refuses to allow visitors to see your loved one alone
Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade County are home to several nursing home facilities for the elderly. The decision to choose a nursing home was difficult enough. An incident that results in a nursing home case makes the feeling much worse. It is common for people in this unfortunate situation to begin to blame themselves. This is not your fault. It is the other party’s fault and this sort of negligence should be addressed so it does not happen to anyone else. The nursing home attorneys at Madalon Law have successfully protected those who cannot protect themselves. We will review your case for free and if we can help, we will take on the cost of the litigation for your case. You will pay us nothing unless we win. Contact us today for your free consultation.