Wellington Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
For Wellington families, entrusting the care and well-being of a loved one to a nursing home and its employees can be a difficult and emotionally exhausting decision, particularly in light of congressional reports that reveal one in three nursing homes have been cited for violations in the United States. While state and federal regulations hold nursing homes and long-term care facilities to strict standards, abuse and neglect cases do exist and often go unreported.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, contact our experienced Wellington nursing home abuse lawyers to discuss your legal rights and options, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Understanding Nursing Home Liability
Nursing home abuse, as interpreted by Florida courts, is any form of mistreatment that causes harm to an elderly person, which makes nursing home abuse cases exceedingly complex and difficult to litigate. Indeed, abuse victims experience something referred to as “hidden crimes,” as the nature of injuries can be virtually impossible to detect.
As increase in nursing home litigation has led facilities to dispute personal injury claims by attributing increased medical concerns to the aging process; however, most incidents of negligence result from improper training, insufficient staffing, negligent hiring, or other cost-containment measures.
The nursing home abuse attorneys at the Shiner Law Group provide a list of common forms of maltreatment:
- Physical Abuse. Caregivers can be held liable for physical harm, such as hitting, pinching, or overusing restraints, as well as sexual abuse. Victims suffering from reduced cognitive abilities are at greater risks. Indicators of physical abuse include bed sores, unexplained bruising, bleeding, abrasions, diseases, infections, or fall-related injuries.
- Emotional Abuse. Victims may fail to self-report due to an overwhelming sense of fear, guilt, or embarrassment, which can be caused by caregivers publicly shaming the resident. Indicators of emotional abuse include mood swings, emotional outbursts, unusual changes in behavior, emotional withdrawal, and muted demeanor.
- Financial Abuse. Nursing home personnel can be held liable for causing sudden financial hardship or compromising the resident’s financial status. Indicators of financial abuse include changes in the resident’s will or power of attorney, overdue bills, and unauthorized access to financial information.
- Neglect. Caregivers are responsible for ensuring the resident’s basic needs are met and for protecting against aggressive patients. Indicators of neglect include lack of personal hygiene (soiled clothes, body odor, etc.), sudden and unexplained weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration.
If you detect nursing home abuse and neglect are present, immediately move the victim to a safe environment and inquire further. Document all information associated with the incident and report your findings to the nursing home administration, as well as the appropriate authorities, before seeking legal counsel.
How A Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Can Help
With over 15 years’ experience representing nursing home victims and their families in Wellington, our award-winning nursing home abuse lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts, because we are committed to holding negligible parties who inflict harm against the most vulnerable members of our communities responsible. We aggressively pursue a broad range of damages to secure the strongest financial recovery package available under Florida law to dissuade at-fault parties from engaging in substandard care.
Our seasoned trial lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and consult a network of industry professionals to help build the most compelling claim. 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 hold nursing homes and their employees liable for incidents arising from negligence, including, but not limited to, medical bills, disability, pain and suffering, and disfigurement.
Speak with a Wellington Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Have you or your loved one suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home? Call us at (561) 777-7700 or contact us online for a free case review. The Shiner Law Group represents personal injury and wrongful death victims in Wellington and the surrounding counties.