Melbourne Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
When a Melbourne family places a loved one in the care of a nursing home, there is a reasonable expectation that the patient will be safe and comfortable in his or her new environment. But when factors such as insufficient staffing, inadequate training, and other cost-containment measures persist in a facility, the most vulnerable members of our community become targets for abuse and neglect.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of a nursing home’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct, contact our experienced Jupiter nursing home abuse lawyers at the Shiner Law Group to discuss your legal rights and options, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Understanding Your Legal Rights
Following a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine that reported nursing home facilities engaged in abusive or neglectful behavior, Congress passed the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act that provides extensive legal safeguards for nursing home residents:
- Freedom from abuse, discrimination, and exploitation.
- The right to privacy, decision making, dignity, and respect.
- The right to raise concerns without fear of retribution.
- Have physical, emotional, and social needs accommodated.
- Participate in medical plans.
- Engage with family and resident groups.
- Be free from physical restraints.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
While nursing homes are required to report incidents of negligence to the state, an increase in nursing home lawsuits has prompted facilities to anticipate and prepare for litigation by establishing practices designed to reduce liability, such as falsifying records, overstaffing during periods of state inspections, and attributing increased medical concerns to preexisting conditions or the aging process; however, the nursing home abuse attorneys at the Shiner Law Group provide a list of telltale signs that indicate abuse and neglect are present:
- Pressure ulcers.
- Sudden and unexplained weight loss.
- Unusual changes in behavior or emotional withdrawal.
- Lack of personal hygiene, including soiled clothes and body odor.
- Unexplained bruises, bleeding, abrasions, diseases, or infections.
- Muted demeanor in the presence of caregivers.
- Malnutrition or dehydration.
- Changes in the patient’s will, power of attorney, titles, or deeds.
- Sudden financial hardship or unauthorized access to financial information.
If you or your loved one suspects abuse and neglect are taking place, immediately move to a safe area and document all relevant information associated with the incident. Report your findings to the nursing home administration, state and federal authorities, and seek immediate legal counsel.
Successful litigation rests on the prompt gathering, examining, and preservation of evidence. Attributing incidents of negligence to a singular source may be elusive, but an experienced nursing home abuse attorney can conduct a thorough and independent investigation to obtain critical evidence and hold negligible parties accountable.
How a Shiner Law Group Attorney Can Help
With over 15 years’ experience advocating for nursing home abuse victims and their families in Melbourne, our award-winning nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Shiner Law Group have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts because we are aggressively committed to providing sound legal solutions, recovering the financial compensation our clients deserve, and preventing nursing home abuse from taking place.
Our seasoned law firm ensures your case is trial ready by investigating the incident, evaluating potential settlements, facilitating insurance negotiations, and consulting a network of industry professionals. We focus on the legal complexities, so you can focus on what’s most important – recovery.