If you have a family member residing in a nursing home anywhere in Florida, it is important that you are in regular contact with your loved one, as well as with the nursing staff members in charge of their care so that you can monitor the treatment that your sick or elderly loved one is receiving. Nursing homes are care facilities where sick or elderly patients are supposed to receive ongoing and proper medical care. This is not always the case, however, and the number of nursing home abuse and neglect cases that take place in Florida and throughout the United States every year is astounding.
In Florida, the personal injury law firm of Lazarus & Lazarus, P.A. represents clients who have been abused or neglected by a nurse or another staff member at a nursing home or other residential care facility in Fort Lauderdale, Weston, in the other cities of Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County, and throughout the state. Your loved one deserves compensation for the personal injury, pain, and suffering caused by the abuse or neglect.
Causes of Nursing Abuse
A nursing home, like any other medical care facility, is required to provide a patient with a certain level of care. Failure to provide this standard of care–especially if this negligence is accompanied by abuse or neglect–is a violation of the patient’s bill of rights, as instituted by the state of Florida, and can be grounds for a nursing abuse claim or lawsuit if the patient is injured or killed as a result.
Unfortunately, the state of Florida has allowed many nursing homes without the proper insurance or with extremely low insurance limits to stay in operation. Many of these nursing homes are understaffed. They have too many patients and not enough nurses and doctors.
Often, the nurses that are hired are poorly trained, not paid enough, and overworked. They may lack the proper skills or time to properly care for a patient. Quick fix medical solutions may be implemented that may not necessarily be in the best interest of the patient. These types of conditions and behaviors at a nursing home can easily lead to abuse or neglect–especially for patients who don’t receive regular visitors or are incapacitated and unable to report the abuse or neglect.
A patient that is physically assaulted (punching, scratching, biting, slapping), sexually assaulted (rape, sodomy, inappropriate touching, molestation), physically neglected, emotionally abused, or verbally abused by anyone at a nursing home–whether a doctor, nurse, a maintenance worker, or another patient–is a victim of nursing home abuse. Medical neglect is also a form of nursing home abuse.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
If you notice that your loved one has unexpected bruises, welts, cuts, bite marks, restraint marks, broken bones, bedsores, infections, or appears dehydrated, malnutritioned, withdrawn, or sedated for no reason, you should start to ask questions and take action immediately by contacting an experienced Florida nursing abuse attorney who can advise you about what you should do. Other signs that a patient may be a victim of nursing home abuse include rapid weight gain, sudden weight loss, and unexplained depression, biting, and rocking.
At Lazarus & Lazarus, PA, our Ft. Lauderdale, Florida nursing abuse attorneys can advise you of steps that you can take to protect your loved one from further abuse. We will take the necessary legal steps to file a nursing abuse claim or lawsuit against all liable parties.
To schedule your free consultation with Attorney Gary Lazarus or Attorney Arleen Lazarus, call Lazarus & Lazarus, PA today at (954) 356-0006 or contact us online. Let Our Family Help Your Family.