Ocala Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
In Florida, nursing homes are required to maintain patients’ quality of life and meet their basic needs. They are also supposed to provide a reasonable quality of care to ensure that patients are not put at risk.
Although these regulations are standard, they are often ignored. Nursing home patients are often put at risk due to understaffing, lack of employee training, and staff’s neglectful and abusive behavior. The resulting neglect and abuse can have deleterious effects on patients’ health and well-being. Therefore, families should try to get a suspected problem addressed as quickly as possible.
Families should also get help from an experienced Florida nursing home abuse attorney. The skilled nursing home abuse attorneys of the Davila Law Group can help you get compensated fairly for your loved one’s injuries and suffering and hold the nursing home accountable for its substandard level of care.
Neglect and Abuse in Nursing Homes
Although very harmful, nursing home negligence is not considered abuse because it is not intended purposely to cause harm. Negligence occurs when a staff person doesn’t do something he was supposed to do. For example, when a staff person doesn’t turn a patient in bed or change his position in a chair, he is being negligent. In contrast, if he pushes a patient so hard that the patient falls and breaks a bone, he is being abusive.
Many different situations involve instances of harmful neglect, such as not helping with a patient’s hygiene or basic needs. These situations can lead to dehydration, skin lesions or rashes, malnourishment, and poor personal hygiene.
Abuse can also take many different forms. Physical abuse, whether from pushing, hitting, kicking, or restraining, typically leaves signs, such as broken bones, bruises, and cuts. Other types of physical abuse, such as denying food or drinks or overmedicating, are not as easily noticed. Psychological or sexual abuse are even more difficult to detect, since the symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, and withdrawal, are often attributed to other factors.
If you notice a change in your family member’s mood or behavior or any other sign of possible negligence or abuse, you shouldn’t ignore it. A nursing home staff member, visitor, or other resident could be abusing your loved one. Talk with an experienced nursing home abuse attorney at the Davila Law Group as soon as possible about ways to end the neglect and/or abuse and hold the guilty parties accountable for their actions.
Nursing Home Abuse Claims
If you have a family member who has been neglected or abused in a nursing home, he or she may be able to file a claim against the nursing home. This claim could be settled out of court if the nursing home takes responsibility for the neglect or abuse and offers a satisfactory settlement. If not, the case can be tried in court, with a jury deciding on the appropriate amount of compensation for the abuse or neglect. It is possible in these cases to obtain compensation for hospital bills and other healthcare expenses, as well as for pain, suffering, disability, and loss of the ability to enjoy life.
In these nursing home abuse and neglect cases, Florida has a statute of limitations of two years from the date the neglect or abuse occurred or two years from the date you discovered or should have been aware that an injury had occurred because of abuse or neglect. The statute of limitations may be extended beyond two years if it takes longer to discover the injury, but it cannot exceed six years.
Get Help from an Ocala Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
The decision to move a family member to a nursing home is typically not an easy one to make. However, most families make the decision believing that their loved one will be safe and receive the care they need in a nursing home. If, instead, your loved one is neglected or abused, you have the right to sue the nursing home for damages.
If you think your family member is a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, you should address the issue immediately to protect your loved one. You should also consider taking legal action to hold the nursing home accountable for its deleterious actions and get compensated fairly for your loved one’s pain, suffering and loss.
To talk with a compassionate, experienced nursing home abuse attorney, call us at 352-888-4878 or submit the FREE CASE REVIEW form on our website. Let us put our 80 years of combined legal experience to work for you and your family. We’re available 24/7 to help.