Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys
Florida Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Abuse and neglect are never OK, and the personal injury attorneys with Warner, Sechrest Butts, P.A. will always fight for the rights of the victims. There are almost 5 million people in Florida who are older than 60. With such a large population of elderly residents, the opportunities for abuse and neglect in nursing homes are everywhere. At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., we make it our priority to fight for victims of abuse and neglect across the state of Florida. Our personal injury lawyers, based in Gainesville, are ready to fight for your rights as an elderly resident. If you suspect that a loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing care facility, contact us immediately.
Victims of nursing home abuse and neglect in the State of Florida have the right to file a lawsuit against the people or facility responsible. Our personal injury law firm in Gainesville aims to help victims fight against abusers and people who maliciously neglect patients throughout Florida.
What Is Neglect?
Neglect is a rather broad term that can encompass many actions or inactions. If it can be proved that a doctor, nurse, technician, pharmacist or staff member has acted with malice or ill-intent, or failed to act appropriately, and those actions or inactions caused harm to a patient, then the person or facility may be held liable. Compensation received in a neglect lawsuit against a nursing facility may cover the cost of treatment, medical bills, disability and other common results of neglect.
A facility can also be held liable for staffing decisions that result in the neglect of a patient or patients. For example, understaffing or hiring staff members who are not qualified for the type of work expected can lead to patients not receiving the proper care. Medication mistakes can occur if the staff is inadequately trained, or if the prescribing physician or pharmacist make an inexcusable error. In addition, neglect can lead to medical misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of serious conditions, which can worsen without the proper treatment.
Nursing home patients are also guaranteed a certain level of privacy and safety in the facility. It is up to the nursing home administration to ensure that residents are safe while residing on the premises. This can include keeping residents safe from other residents or from an outside company or visitor. Although some injuries can naturally occur in a nursing home, due to aging residents becoming unbalance or being moved from a wheelchair to a bed, falling in a nursing home can be the result of abuse or neglect.
What Is Abuse?
Abuse can have many forms, but each can be devastating. Physical, sexual, emotional and mental abuse can occur in a number of ways in a Florida nursing home at the hands of other patients, staff members, administration, and even doctors. It is important to be able to recognize the signs of abuse if you are visiting a loved one in a nursing home.
Symptoms of abuse can include:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches, burns, broken bones or scars
- A patient becoming more withdrawn
- Money missing from the patient’s belongings or bank accounts
- A patient looking too thin or malnourished
- Increased mood swings
- Unwillingness to communicate
- Increased anxiety, confusion or seclusion
Older patients often exhibit some of these symptoms due to medical conditions or illnesses. But if you notice a change in behavior of someone you love, don’t hesitate to investigate the cause. Abuse in nursing homes in Florida can continue for long periods of time, and it isn’t always easy to identify. Patients may be tricked into giving away their money or belongings, and they may be manipulated into performing sexual acts without consent.
Gainesville Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys
Filing a lawsuit against nursing home abuse and neglect will not change that you or loved one has been harmed. But aside from receiving monetary compensation, you might also be saving other patients from a similar fate. By proceeding with an abuse or neglect claim, you can help deter others from behaving in similar ways. At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., we want to make an example of the people who feel it is OK to harm, abuse or neglect another person. And in doing so, we may be able to help you receive compensation for pain, suffering and injuries that have resulted from the traumatic experiences.
No amount of money can heal scars or replace a loved one who has died due to nursing home abuse or neglect, but it can ease the financial burden of relocating a loved one by providing medical care and treatment for injuries or trauma sustained, or burial costs if the abuse or neglect has resulted in a loved one’s death. Contact our Gainesville personal injury attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. if you suspect someone is being harmed through abuse or neglect in a Florida nursing home.