Nursing homes are designed to provide loved ones with a high level of care, but instances of abuse take place in these settings shockingly often. If you or someone you love is suffering abuse in a West Palm Beach nursing home, contact LaBovick Law Group. We can help with the next steps and discuss your legal options in a free consultation. Message us online or call (561) 623-3681 today.
Why Choose Our West Palm Beach Nursing Home Abuse Attorney?
- We have extensive experience protecting the rights of elderly abused victims.
- Our Personal Injury law firm in West Palm Beach possesses the resources and dedication to obtain the maximum amount of compensation possible.
- Our case success rate is over 98 percent.
Why You Need a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Nursing home abuse is devastating for victims and their families. A lawyer with experience handling these cases understands the severity of the situation and how important it is to find answers and hold the wrongful parties accountable. An attorney can contribute their thorough understanding of the relevant case laws, as well as the resources to investigate the abuse and gather the evidence you need to seek justice. They will ensure you and your family are treated fairly by the nursing home and their insurance company while protecting your rights to the compensation you are owed.
Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Warning Signs
Nursing home abuse can come in the following various forms:
Physical abuse can involve hitting, kicking, biting, punching, pinching, improperly restraining, burning, or any other kind of intentional harm.
- Warning Signs: unexplained cuts, bruises, marks on wrists or any signs of restraint, fractures, sprains, an over-medicated state, or appearing under-medicated.
Sexual abuse involves any type of non-consensual sexual contact between a nursing home staff member and a resident.
- Warning Signs: bruising, bleeding from the genital area, torn or bloody clothing or undergarments, unexplained genital infections or sexually transmitted diseases, withdrawal, angry, or have other emotional changes.
Emotional or psychological abuse is prevalent in nursing homes, which can be inflicted by bullying or harassing residents, prohibiting social activities, teasing or humiliating, not allowing visitors or time with family, and any use of words or actions to threaten or intimidate a resident.
- Warning Signs: changes in personality or behavior, withdrawal, depression, nervousness, anxiety, or frequent arguments between the resident and staff.
Neglect can be less obvious and is often harder to prove. The nursing home staff may be intentionally harming the patient, or it could be unintentional if, for example, the facility is understaffed.
- Warning Signs: deteriorating health, bedsores, drastic weight loss, poor hygiene, malnutrition, dehydration, unexplained injuries, or staff prohibiting visitors.
Nursing home employees may manipulate residents for financial gain.
- Warning Signs: changes in regular banking habits, sudden and significant withdrawals, abrupt changes to a will or estate plan, or personal possessions disappearing without explanation.
What To Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse in West Palm Beach
If you are in imminent danger or believe a loved one is, call 911. Otherwise, document the abuse as much as possible and file a complaint with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. This can be done by:
- Calling the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873
- Online at ReportAbuse.dcf.state.fl.us
- Fax to: 1-800-914-0004
In the meantime, speak to a nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss your legal options and what evidence to collect.
Contact Us For Help
We offer free consultations and will advocate for you or your loved one until you receive justice. Call (561) 623-3681 or message us online today.