Naples Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Each year, millions of Americans undergo the heart-wrenching decision to place a loved one in the care of a nursing home, which has a legal and moral obligation to provide a safe and clean environment for its residents. State and federal regulations require facilities to maintain these basic standards, but factors such as poor training, insufficient staff, and income prioritization deteriorate living conditions that adversely affect the health of nursing home residents proportionally.
When a Naples family turns to a nursing home for assistance, they entrust the care of their loved one to the skilled professionals employed by that facility. Nursing homes that violate this trust and engage in substandard care can be held liable for a broad range of damages, including, but not limited to, medical bills, disability, pain and suffering, and disfigurement.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, contact an experienced Naples nursing home abuse attorney to discuss your legal rights and options, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Understanding Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Under Florida law, nursing home abuse is any form of mistreatment that causes harm to an elderly person. Patients with reduced cognitive abilities are particularly vulnerable. Victims, who may fail to self-report due to an overwhelming sense of fear, shame, or embarrassment, can file a damages claim arising from negligible activity within two years, or four in cases where fraud or misrepresentation impeded discovery of the incident.
Indeed, abuse may constitute the most reprehensible form of maltreatment, but prolonged neglect can ultimately be life threatening. The nursing home abuse attorneys at the Shiner Law Group provide a list of telltale signs to determine if abuse and neglect are present:
- Pressure ulcers
- Sudden and unexplained weight loss
- Unusual changes in behavior or emotional withdrawal
- Poor personal hygiene (i.e. soiled clothes, body odor, etc.)
- Unexplained bruising, bleeding, abrasions, diseases, or infections
- Muted demeanor in the presence of nursing home staff
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Changes made to the loved one’s will or power of attorney
- Sudden financial hardship or bills left unpaid
If you suspect abuse and neglect exist, immediately move the victim to a safe environment and inquire further. Document all relevant information, including detailed accounts of the incident, and report your findings to the nursing home administration and the appropriate authorities. Safeguard your loved one’s rights by seeking legal counsel.
How Naples Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Can Help
When cases of abuse and neglect are reported, nursing homes may seek to invalidate claims and reduce financial liability by falsifying records or attributing increased health concerns to preexisting medical conditions. At the Shiner Law Group, our award-winning nursing home abuse attorneys have 15 years’ experience combating these shifty defensive strategies because we aggressively pursue the best results for our clients. We are committed to holding shoddy nursing homes responsible for their egregious activity while securing the strongest financial recovery package our clients deserve to ensure a swift and healthy recovery.
Successfully litigating a nursing home abuse claim requires the prompt gathering, examining, and preservation of evidence. Our seasoned legal team conducts a thorough investigation of the facts, provides knowledge of nursing home regulations and industry practices, and consults a network of relevant industry professionals to build the most compelling case. While we make every effort to negotiate a fair settlement outside of court, we are nevertheless prepared to take your case to trial to fight on behalf of your legal and financial interests. We focus on safeguarding your rights, so you can focus on what’s most important – recovery.