Nursing Home Abuse
Palm Beach Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
In Florida right now, a large percentage of the population is age 60 or above. Americans are aging, which means the number of us seeking nursing home care is increasing. Unfortunately, so is abuse of the elderly in nursing homes. While most nursing home facilities are staffed and operated by capable personnel, others are not.
More than one-third of the nursing homes in the United States have been cited at least once for abusing the elderly residents in their care, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse. When it can be shown that a nursing home or its staff has acted negligently, they can be held liable for resultant damages.
Damages in a nursing home abuse case may include medical expenses and pain and suffering; Florida in some cases also awards punitive damages to deter defendants from future negligence. If you suspect your loved one is a target of nursing home abuse in Palm Beach County or anywhere else in Florida, speak immediately with an experienced Palm Beach Nursing Home Abuse Attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin.
Making Responsible Parties Pay
When nursing home patients are neglected or exploited, the Palm Beach Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin will aggressively defend them and make the responsible parties pay. For three decades, we have defended victims in treating home abuse cases that include:
- Failing to supervise residents, causing falls and injuries
- Neglect that leads to malnutrition and dehydration
- Sexual abuse including explicit language, unwanted touching, peeping, and sexual battery
- Physical abuse including any deliberate force causing injury, pain, fear, humiliation, or impairment
- Emotional abuse including any verbal or non-verbal act inflicting emotional suffering including threats, insults, harassment, or isolating or ignoring a patient
- Financial exploitation including forgery, theft, and unauthorized use of a patient’s funds, assets, or property.
When the Palm Beach Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin help you pursue a claim for a nursing home abuse victim, we put all of our resources, legal knowledge, and 30 years of legal experience on your side. We aggressively fight treating sing home abuse to win justice today and to prevent others from being victimized tomorrow.
Signs Of Abuse
When you admit your loved one into a treating home, you expect that he or she will be well looked after. However, that isn’t necessarily how things always turn out. Negligence in a nursing home can result in injuries to residents.
If your loved one is in a treating home and you suspect that he or she is being neglected or abused, look out for the following signs:
- Look for bedsores on the person’s body.
- Look for signs of anxiety, or depression, or emotional withdrawal.
- Look for how your loved one’s behavior changes around his or her caretakers in the facility. Does he or she suddenly seem quiet, fearful, or anxious?
- Identify signs of any changes in behavior, or personality that you may have noticed in your loved one, since he or she was admitted into the facility.
- Look for any changes in the financial circumstances, including any modifications made to the will, or power of attorney.
- Look for the bruises on the body, bleeding, signs of sexual abuse and signs of infection.
If you notice these signs, make arrangements for your loved one to be shifted to another facility as quickly as possible. Take pictures of all the injuries, or bruises that you have seen on the person’s body. Get in touch with a Palm Beach nursing home abuse attorney as soon as possible to protect your loved one. Remember, abuse and neglect are far too common in nursing facilities. Often, these occur because there aren’t enough numbers of staff members at a facility to provide care and attention for the residents of a nursing home. The abuse must also be reported to the relevant authorities. Talk to your loved one’s doctor, and get in touch with an elder patient advocate at the facility to report the abuse. A Palm Beach nursing home abuse attorney will be able to walk you through all of the necessary steps that you need to take to pursue legal action against the treating home.
Along with physical and mental abuse, unfortunately, financial exploitation of nursing home residents is also increasing. This could include stealing money or jewels, cashing checks without authorization, forging signatures, and tricking or intimidating a resident into signing a financial document. Thousands of south Florida families rely on nursing homes to care for their elderly loved ones, and those loved ones usually rely on the nursing home’s staff to protect their money in special trust fund accounts that are used for resident care, personal items, and various incidentals. If a member of your family resides in a south Florida nursing home and uses a nursing home trust fund:
- verify all withdrawals and expenses listed on trust fund statements
- check quarterly statements for the correct amount of interest
- determine if the nursing home has previously been cited for fund mismanagement
- ask how the facility manages residents’ funds
- find out who on the staff is responsible for handling the funds
- ask how often audits are completed and if they are available to you
It’s also wise to become acquainted with the facility’s personnel and with the families of other residents. If you discover any hint of fund mismanagement, or if you suspect that your loved one may be the victim of some other kind of abuse, immediately contact a good nursing home abuse lawyer who will fight for your family’s rights.
Arrange A Consultation Today
We charge no fees until you receive compensation. If your family member is a victim of nursing home abuse in Palm Beach County or anywhere in the state, of if you suspect nursing home abuse, speak immediately to an experienced Palm Beach Nursing Home Abuse Attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin. Call us at 561-557-4546, or complete the form on our Contact Page to schedule a free consultation today.