Families must be on the lookout for signs of nursing home abuse and be willing to take action says Boca nursing home abuse lawyer Joe Osborne.
Abuse and neglect of nursing home and assisted living facility residents in South Florida is a reality that many adult children of elderly and disabled parents wish didn’t exist. The fact is despite how well things look on the surface of a facility those who live there may not be getting the treatment and respect they deserve. Boca nursing home abuse lawyer Joe Osborne warns families to be vigilant of signs of abuse or neglect of their loved ones.
Nursing home abuse or neglect occurs when elderly or disabled individuals need care and are placed in nursing homes that may appear to be trustworthy (and many are) but residents suffer because of indifference, lack of staff, intentional abuse or even medical malpractice.
For many reasons, sometimes just temporary care after a hospital stay or permanent residency, families must place loved ones in nursing homes. Laws, rules and regulations state that when our loved ones are placed in nursing homes they have rights that must be protected. When those rights are violated by nurses, nurses’ aides, physicians, health care providers or staff, and good quality care is not provided nursing home neglect and abuse occurs.
Osborne & Associates have handled hundreds of nursing home cases where individuals have received horrific and terrible treatment by facilities that range from failing to feed residents to lack of care resulting in bed sores to falls that result in serious injuries including broken hips.
A nursing home could be liable for injuries and medical conditions allowed to progress due to lack of care. The nursing home abuse law firm has investigated many claims where family members were admitted due to a specific reason (including dementia and ongoing issues with falling at home), and the nursing home knows of these problems but they fail to ensure residents’ safety.
Warning signs of nursing home abuse (where mistreatment is intentional as opposed to neglect due to insufficient, uncaring staff or lack of resources) are things like:
- Food withholding or intentional lack of care resulting in lost weight, infections and injuries.
- Sudden change in outlook or personality by the resident.
- Physical restraints or bruises on arms or legs consistent with physical restraints.
- The family member appears to be drugged.
- Fear of staff.
- Wounds or bruises.
Some residents present difficulties for nursing homes. They may suffer from psychiatric disorders or dementia but that doesn’t excuse over medication to chemically sedate them, abuse or neglect. Facilities are relied upon and paid to properly care for residents. If they can’t do so that resident should be elsewhere.
If you believe a loved one is suffering from abuse or neglect contact our office. Don’t waste any time because records can be obtained from the nursing home, reports from state inspections can be reviewed and your family member can be interviewed to help determine if neglect or abuse is happening and whether there may be legal liability for the nursing home.
If you or a family member have questions about nursing home neglect or abuse in the South Florida area, contact Boca nursing home abuse lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 293-2600 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your loved one’s injuries.