Port St. Lucie Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
At the Shiner Law Group, our award-winning nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys have over 15 years’ experience representing Port St. Lucie abuse victims in personal injury claims. While each case is unique, our trial lawyers have secured significant financial compensation for families recovering from negligible activity and aim to prevent other nursing homes from engaging in substandard care.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, contact an experienced Port St. Lucie nursing home abuse attorney to discuss your legal rights and options, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Understanding Nursing Home Liability
Nursing home abuse is any form of mistreatment that causes harm to an elderly person. 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 liable for damages. 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 employees or affiliates
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Changes made to the resident’s will or power of attorney
- Sudden financial hardship or overdue bills
Nursing home abuse victims can pursue a broad range of damages resulting from inadequate or insufficient staffing, including, but not limited to, pain and suffering, medical costs, funeral arrangements, and short-term or long-term disabilities. Claimants can also pursue punitive damages in rare circumstances. The statute of limitations for filing a nursing home abuse claim is two years in the state of Florida or four years when fraud or misrepresentation impeded discovery of the incident.
Victims may fail to self-report due to an overwhelming sense of fear, shame, or embarrassment. If you suspect abuse and neglect exist, immediately move the victim to a safe location 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 before seeking legal counsel.
How A Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Can Help
An increase in nursing home lawsuits in recent years has prompted facilities to anticipate – and prepare for – litigation by establishing practices designed to mitigate financial liability, such as falsifying records or overstaffing during state inspections. Our seasoned abuse attorneys will safeguard your rights by gathering, examining, and preserving evidence to build the most compelling claim. While we make every effort to negotiate a fair settlement outside of court, we are nevertheless prepared to take even the largest insurance chains and their policyholders to court to fight on behalf of your legal and financial interests.
State and federal regulations require nursing homes to maintain a safe and clean environment for its residents. When facilities deviate from these basic standards, we are committed to holding negligible parties, who are responsible for our most vulnerable community members, accountable.
Speak with a Port St. Lucie Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Have you or your loved one suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home? Call us at (772) 777-7700 or contact us online for a free case review. The Shiner Law Group represents personal injury and wrongful death victims in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, and the surrounding counties.