Florida Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
No two cases are identical, and our attorneys have won significant financial compensation for nursing home abuse cases. Our ultimate goal going after nursing home abuse cases is to get the greatest recovery for victims of nursing home abuse but to also prevent and dissuade other nursing homes from engaging in similar behaviors and actions.
If you feel a loved one has suffered any form of abuse at a nursing home call our nursing home abuse attorneys at (561) 777-7700 or fill out our free case review form today to find out if you can pursue legal action against the negligent facility.
Nursing Home Liability – Elderly Abuse And Neglect
If a determination can be made that a nursing home employee or affiliate acted in a manner that resulted in injury or death of an elder, they may be responsible for damages. Nursing home abuse lawsuits could include such damages as pain and suffering, any financial obligations associated with medical bills or funeral arrangements, and short-term or long-term disabilities. In rare circumstances, one may also seek punitive damages; these actions are taken to help prevent others from engaging in similar practices and behaviors.
Some instances a nursing home claim may be filed can be:
Negligent Employees or Staffing: Residents of nursing home facilities have the obligation of being overseen by qualified, licensed and experienced personnel with no prior records of violence. If a nursing home employs preventable risks such as hiring under experienced employees or running inadequate background checks, they put the nursing home residents well-being and lives at risk. The nursing home becomes accountable for any instances of abuse or neglect.
Lack of Staffing: According to Justice.gov’s report, “Nursing Home Staffing Standards In State Statutes And Regulations,” Florida requirements for a facility with 100 beds is one licensed nurse per 40 residents and one direct care/nurse assistant staff per 20 residents. Failing to meet these standards leave nursing home residents open to improper care and neglect, making nursing home facility operators liable for any injuries or deaths that may occur.
Limited staff also leads to inadequate care because more staff is then required to assist more facility residents than a single staff member can appropriately handle. Understaffing leads to increases in staff stresses, weakening overall morale and quality of care.
Insufficient Management And Training: There is an expectation that the standard levels of care for nursing home residents be met through proper and effective leadership and guidance. Not having the correct level of training to handle facility residents adequately leaves nursing homes accountable for any injuries sustained by the undertrained staff.
Third-Party Liability Claims: A nursing home has the responsibilities to provide its residents with a safe living arrangement. An example may be a nursing facility being held responsible when a resident is injured by another resident or guest because of the lack of protection or support provided by the facility.
Warning Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse
Often nursing home abuse goes undetected or unreported due to many reasons, such as mental and psychological ailments, as well as age. It’s imperative that family and loved ones can recognize the potential signs of misconduct to a resident. There are many types of abuse a resident may endure, knowing the indications can help in reporting and addressing these violations.
Typical Signs Nursing Home Abuse
- Physical pain or discomfort
- Significant change to health
- Drastic changes in emotional and mental health
- Sudden financial difficulties
Your loved ones may not report any issues regarding their care in a nursing home due to many of personal reasons, so if you expect any form of abuse or neglect is potentially occurring to your loved one, pursue legal assistance immediately.
Our Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Are Here To Help
Our attorneys have fought for the rights of many loved ones who have fallen victim to abuse and neglect administered by nursing home facilities. If you believe that mistreatment of any kind is occurring to your loved one, it is necessary to account for any information related to any incidences of misconduct and ill-treatment. Our injury attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to filing nursing home abuse claims against anyone responsible for negligent activities.
Our ultimate goal is to make sure that every family and loved one receive fair and proper compensation for injuries and losses as a result of any negligent behavior. In most cases, a nursing home will try and compromise on abuse claims by settling outside of court. In the event a compromise cannot be reached, our trial lawyers at Shiner Law Group have the experience to fight in court for your rights to receive fair and adequate compensation.