The Centers for Disease estimates1 that approximately 1.4 million people resided in nursing homes in 2012, and the regulated long-term care industry provided services to approximately 8 million people in the United States. Nursing home residents tend to be among the most vulnerable members of our society and deserve to be treated with care and respect. Unfortunately, this does not always occur, and every year thousands of nursing home residents sustain physical or emotional injuries because of the negligence or intentional acts of those who are supposed to be providing them with care.
Fortunately for victims, Florida law entitles people who sustain injury due to the negligent or intentional acts of others to obtain significant compensation. In addition, any noncompliance with the federal and state rules and regulations that apply to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities may allow residents to recover. Because of the complicated and often highly contested nature of nursing home litigation, it is important for victims to retain legal counsel who is experienced in representing the legal rights of individuals injured by nursing home abuse. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA today at (727) 472-3909.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
As a loved one of a person who resides in a nursing home, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse or neglect. In many cases, a nursing home resident may not be aware that he or she is being mistreated or may be too embarrassed to tell others. As a result, many cases of nursing home abuse are brought to light by family members or friends who visit residents while they are living at the facility. Some of the more common signs of nursing home abuse include the following:
- Broken bones
- Unexplained injuries
- Unsanitary conditions
- The unnecessary use of restraints
- Emotional withdrawal
- Unexplained weight loss
- Under medication
- Unexplained infections
- Bed sores
- Cuts or open wounds
It is important to remember that abuse and neglect can take many forms. For example, physical abuse may take the form of assault or battery, overmedication, or the withholding of food or water. On the other hand, emotional abuse may involve threats, isolation, humiliation, or insulting a particular resident.
If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, the first thing to do is to contact the appropriate state agency, which in Florida is the Department of Elder Affairs.2 In the event that you believe that the danger posed is immediate, call 911 or the local police department for immediate assistance. Once you are certain that your loved one is safe, it is important to call a St. Petersburg nursing home abuse attorney to retain legal representation. An attorney can help protect your loved ones rights and may be able to recover significant financial compensation on his or her behalf. It is important for victims and their families to keep in mind that nursing home abuse claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations, meaning that there is a limited amount in which a legal claim can be filed. As a result, any delay in retaining an attorney may jeopardize your loved one’s ability to recover compensation.
Contact the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA to schedule a free consultation with a St. Petersburg nursing home abuse attorney
Nursing home abuse is a serious public health problem in the United States, and those responsible for allowing this kind of mistreatment to occur should be held accountable for their actions. This type of abuse has the potential to cause serious emotional and physical injury that can have a significant impact on a resident’s quality of life. The lawyers of the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA are committed to representing the legal rights of nursing home residents who have suffered because of the negligent or intentional acts of others. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please call our office today at (727)-222-6922.
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