Boca Raton Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys

Boca Raton Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys

Finding care for our elderly loved ones can be an emotionally and financially taxing experience. Everyone wants to ensure those they love receive the best care for their needs, and those needs often tend to increase in scope as they age. Nursing homes are the obvious choice to entrust with the continuous care of our elderly loved ones, which is only one reason why it hurts all the more when elder negligence or abuse cases are discovered in nursing homes. 

Unfortunately, nursing home negligence and abuse is all too real for many residents.

There has been a significant increase in reported cases of elder abuse since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than ever, the choice to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home has become anxiety-inducing and challenging, even though the choice should be easy. 

Your peace of mind and the health, happiness, and safety of your loved ones matter. If you suspect your elderly loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence, don’t wait. Reach out today to schedule a free case evaluation at (561) 293-2600 or online at our Boca Raton office so that we can get you the compensation you deserve.

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So you've been in a car accident. What happens next? There are many things that you should do but here are the three most important:

Number One: See a doctor immediately. 

A broken bone is easy to see, but some injuries are not. The most common injuries from car accidents happen in the neck, back, or head. The only way to diagnose and treat them is by seeing a doctor. A doctor can help ease the pain, provide medication, reassure you of how your injury may impact your daily life, and tell you what not to do to make it worse.

A visit to the doctor can also give you legally protected time off to recover and rest your body after an accident, and it documents and provides the evidence you may need for your case. Even a five-mile-per-hour car accident can cause a serious injury. So whether you've had a severe accident or a minor collision, see a doctor. And if you don't have medical insurance, let us know and we'll make sure that you receive the proper care. 

Number Two: Write everything down.

Even if it seems small, during times of stress or injury it is common to forget the little details. Make sure you keep note of the pain that you're in. With neck, back, and head injuries, sometimes simple activities such as walking up the stairs or picking up a toddler may cause severe pain. 

You may not be sleeping well at night. Documenting how much you sleep and how often you wake up due to pain is also very important. And lastly, if you have any cuts or bruises, take daily photos as you heal. This will provide visual evidence of the injuries that you've suffered. 

Number Three: Do not speak to an insurance company until you've spoken to a lawyer.

Please understand that the insurance adjuster works for a billion-dollar corporation and not for you. Their interests are solely for their insurance company, and their goal is to provide you with the least amount of financial settlement as quickly as possible. When you do speak with them, remember they will record the conversation. Why do they do this? Because they've been trained to ask questions that may confuse you. So talk to us before you talk to them. 

So remember: See a doctor, document everything, and call us before calling the insurance company for your free private consultation. We are here for you. Real tough lawyers fighting real tough issues.

What is Nursing Home Negligence?

Nursing home negligence occurs with unfortunate frequency. The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as “an intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes harm to an adult 60 years and older.” This definition covers a broad scope of possible activities for a reason, as elder abuse or negligence can take several possible forms. 

One of the challenges in identifying nursing home negligence or abuse is that it can occur in ways that aren’t obvious to the public.

Abuse often occurs in private, without observers present. As such, it’s essential to understand the types of abuse and negligence that can occur and the signs that abuse might be happening. 

Types of Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse

The World Health Organization denotes five significant categories of elder abuse that can occur in a nursing home setting:

  • Psychological Abuse. Acts that cause mental and emotional distress and pain, including threats, belittling, or shouting. Psychological abuse can also include withholding resources and contact with loved ones. 
  • Physical Abuse. Use of violent force against older people. Hitting, shoving, kicking, and other forms of physical violence. 
  • Financial Abuse. Unlawful or unauthorized usage of an older person’s financial resources. Financial abuse can occur from care staff or family members with access to an older person’s finances. 
  • Sexual Abuse. Any form of forced or non-consensual sexual contact with an older person falls under sexual abuse. 
  • Neglect. Failure to maintain a duty of care for an older person’s needs or prevent exposure to dangerous circumstances. This category also includes self-neglect, which covers an older person’s inability or disinterest in caring for themselves.

Most of these types of abuse are done willfully, but neglect can happen accidentally. However, accident or not, it can still be dangerous to an older person’s health.

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Abuse vs. Neglect in Nursing Homes

While neglect falls under the broader umbrella of abuse, it also occupies a unique position. Most forms of abuse are intentional; they are willful acts of malice against older people. Neglect, by contrast, represents a failure to uphold a duty of care. When an elder is committed to residency in a care facility, the facility accepts a responsibility to maintain and monitor the health and well-being of a resident. Failure to uphold that duty is a form of negligence referred to as neglect. 

While neglect may be discussed differently, it is still a form of abuse. Neglect can occur by accident, but if this accidental lack of oversight results in injury, illness, or even death, it still represents a failure of the care facility’s accepted responsibilities. 

Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

Due to the wide variety of possible forms of abuse, signs of abuse can be widely varied. When attempting to determine signs of abuse, any of the following may be present, depending on the type of abuse:

  • Physical abuse. There may be frequent and noticeable physical injuries, such as cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, broken bones, dislocated joints, or head injuries. This may also result in a pattern of repeated hospitalization with vague or unclear explanations of how injuries occurred. 
  • Psychological abuse. Signs may include new or unprompted depression, anxiety, or paranoia; a victim may also become isolated (whether self-imposed or otherwise) or develop a pattern of low self-esteem.
  • Financial abuse. Signs could include missing money from a wallet or bank account with no explanation, unpaid bills, sudden changes in control over finances, or missing belongings. 
  • Sexual abuse. There may be signs of injury around the genitals and pelvic area and the sudden appearance of new sexually transmitted infections. 
  • Neglect. Poor hygiene, malnourishment or dehydration, sudden weight loss, missed medications, and unclean lodgings or clothing can all be signs of neglect. 

If one or more of these signs occurs, it is vital to talk to your loved one about whether or not they are being abused. 

How to Ask a Loved One if They’re Being Abused

Discussing elder abuse with a loved one can be difficult. It’s critical to keep in mind that first and foremost, they may be a victim of an abusive situation. They may not be comfortable speaking about their experience due to fears of consequences for their safety. Providing them with a confidential and safe place to talk will go a long way toward making them feel comfortable enough to open up. 

Creating a safe place to talk will help you assess if legal action is necessary. If you cannot easily create a space for them to talk, you can use the Elder Abuse Suspicion Index to determine if abuse may be occurring.

Types of Damages in a Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit

While the damages incurred in a nursing home abuse lawsuit will be specific to the case itself, a few types of damages are common. Pain and suffering, punitive damages, and reimbursement for medical expenses or lost wages are damages often awarded in nursing home abuse cases. In some cases, victims can win reimbursement for attorney costs as well. 

How Much Can My Loved One Recover for Their Damages?

Just as the types of damages may vary from case to case, compensation for those damages will also vary. The awards will be specific to the types of damages.

  • Pain and suffering damages are the most commonly awarded damages and usually result in the highest compensation. Plaintiff attorneys may refer to these damages in amounts that multiply medical expense costs or by the length of time that injuries persist. 
  • Punitive damages are awarded very rarely but can result in considerable compensation. Attorneys must prove gross negligence or willful and malicious intent, but the resulting settlement is often quite high. 
  • Reimbursement for medical expenses will typically correspond to the total cost of medical bills and any ongoing treatment or recovery fees. This can include physical therapy, costs of medication, or other outpatient treatment.

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If you feel that you or a loved one have been a victim of elder abuse, the time to act is now. Contact Osborne and Francis to schedule a free case evaluation at (561) 293-2600 or online at our Boca Raton office to get the peace of mind and compensation you are owed.

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