Do you believe that a parent or loved one is being abused or neglected while in the care of a nursing home? Are you unsure about who to contact for help? The nursing home abuse lawyers at Sibley Dolman realize that it can be difficult to prove nursing home abuse or neglect on your own. We have the resources and experience necessary to handle matters on behalf of nursing home residents and their families, including to help them receive the treatment and compensation they deserve.
As a law firm with experience representing clients in nursing home abuse matters in the Doral, Florida area, we have the tools and expertise required to handle your nursing home abuse claims. Our record of success with nursing home abuse cases is a testament to our commitment to protecting the health and dignity of senior citizens.
A proven track record of success aiding nursing home residents
When comparing nursing home abuse lawyers, look for firms with a proven track record of success representing abused nursing home residents. At Sibley Dolman, we have helped nursing home residents in the Doral, Florida area secure the medical benefits and compensation they deserve.
What are the most common types of injuries among nursing home residents?
“Elder abuse can have several physical and emotional effects on an older adult. Many victims suffer physical injuries. Some are minor, like cuts, scratches, bruises, and welts. Others are more serious and can cause lasting disabilities. These include head injuries, broken bones, constant physical pain, and soreness.”
– The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the primary types of elder abuse that occur: physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, or financial. Here are the ways that each type of abuse may lead to injury among nursing home residents:
- Physical: The resident suffers injury or pain due to the intentional use of physical force by a caregiver.
- Sexual: The resident is the victim of unwanted sexual contact or penetration with a caregiver.
- Emotional or psychological: The resident experiences mental distress as the result of verbal or nonverbal treatment by staff.
- Neglect: Residents’ well-being suffers as a result of the nursing home’s failure to meet their needs for nourishment and medical care.
- Financial: The resident’s money or property is used for the benefit of someone other than the resident.
Who Could Be at Fault in a Nursing Home Abuse Case?
Nursing home abuse can result from the negligence or maltreatment of multiple individuals or the nursing home itself. Residents are exposed to many caregivers and medical providers throughout the course of each day. Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly who is responsible for resident injuries, especially if neglect is involved. In most cases, nursing home abuse or neglect is caused by one or more of the following:
- The nursing home itself for failing to provide proper nourishment or medical care, or for failing to monitor staff
- Nursing home staff who abuse residents or who fail to perform their jobs properly
- Manufacturers of defective medical equipment that results in resident injuries
What Types of Damages Can Abused Nursing Home Residents Recover?
Nursing home abuse or neglect can be emotionally and physically traumatic for residents. And because the health of many residents is already in a delicate state, recovery from physical injuries can take weeks or months. Some residents may never enjoy a full recovery. Victims of nursing home abuse may be entitled to compensation for a number of damages such as:
- Medical bills for treatment provided for abuse-related injuries
- Compensation for partial or permanent disabilities
- Pain and emotional suffering
- Fees for mental health services provided to treat victims of neglect, emotional abuse, or post-traumatic stress
Common Ploys Responsible Parties Use to Avoid Payment
Malevolent tactics are often used by nursing home owners and their lawyers in an effort to avoid their financial responsibilities. Some of the most common ploys used by responsible parties to avoid paying their fair share include:
- Ignoring your claims or dismissing them as unsubstantiated
- Urging you or your loved one to sign a release to absolve them of liability
- Trying to convince you to agree to an unreasonably low settlement
- Suggesting that your loved one’s injuries were self-inflicted or the result of a fall
- Using scare tactics in an effort to intimidate you or frighten you
If a lawyer or nursing home representative uses any of these tactics, it can be helpful to seek legal support right away. By seeking the guidance of an accomplished attorney, you may ensure the protection of your rights.
How Much Can You Expect to Pay for a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer?
At Sibley Dolman, we realize that many nursing home residents and their families cannot afford to pay out-of-pocket for legal representation—particularly since the majority of income is often dedicated to the payment of their nursing home care. For this reason, in appropriate cases, we may agree to represent clients on a contingency fee basis. Under these arrangements, our clients typically pay nothing up front and we only receive a percentage of any settlement or verdict awarded. We also offer free case evaluations to review suspected abuse claims. When we agree to take a case, our attorneys work tirelessly to help clients receive the compensation they may deserve.
What Is the Most Important Thing to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?
After ensuring that your loved one receives medical or behavioral healthcare for any injuries or trauma, you may find it valuable to contact an attorney with proven success in helping abused nursing home residents who will listen to your story and determine whether legal representation is necessary. We invite you to contact us for a free consultation with one of our seasoned nursing home abuse lawyers. Reach us by phone at (305) 930-7688. We look forward to providing you with a complimentary legal consultation.
8400 NW 36th St Suite 450
Doral, FL 33166
What Our Clients Have to Say:
“My experience with this law firm has been extremely pleasant. After being involved in an accident where I was injured, I was able to seek treatment from the best doctors in the area. I was lucky to have a team that assisted in scheduling my appointments that worked around both my full time work schedule and my demanding grad school schedule. Even with a move out of state to New York, I was able to remain with this law firm and continue treatment in south Florida while remaining under the care of the doctors that I felt most comfortable with. Even though I suffered injuries and experienced difficulties in that aspect, the team here was able to make sure that I was able to continue work and stay on track with grad school all while I moved to a new state.”
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