Nursing Home Abuse
Attorneys in Jacksonville
Serving Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach and Clients throughout North Florida
Nursing home abuse happens all too often in this country and is by far one of the most inexcusable crimes. Abusing those who rely on others to care for them requires justice. Often the victims of nursing home abuse are too afraid to report it – even to their loved ones. The injuries sustained could become life-threatening and could do permanent damage to the victim.
If your loved one has been injured or you suspect nursing home abuse, contact the local police department right away.
Nursing Homes Have a Legal Obligation to Care for their Patients and Clients
Nursing homes are not just morally obligated to provide care; they are required to provide a certain level of care under federal regulations, especially if they are receiving reimbursement from Medicare. Just some of the laws that nursing homes must abide by include:
- Having enough staff on shift to provide the necessary standard level of care to all patients in-house.
- Creating a care plan that is customized to each patient, and not using one plan for all patients.
- Preventing further deterioration of an individuals’ health, including their ability to bathe, groom, transfer themselves or even get dressed.
- Ensuring that every resident is given frequent testing for vision and hearing issues to help them maintain their senses.
- Providing treatment for any conditions that are present as well as future conditions that may be diagnosed.
- Preventing the development of bedsores.
- Ensuring residents receive supervision so that accidents or injuries can be prevented.
- Ensuring medication errors do not occur.
- Creating an environment that is safe and promotes dignity.
- Calling essential emergency personnel when necessary and having a physician supervise the facility at least 24 hours a day.
Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse – It Is Not As Easy As You Think!
While nursing homes must remain compliant with state and federal laws and be subjected to frequent inspections, they can still abuse a patient without anyone noticing. That is because those who choose to abuse in nursing homes know how to hide it from inspectors and even loved ones.
If you suspect nursing home abuse, contact an attorney who understands these types of lawsuits and has experience with filing these types of suits. The team at Hardesty, Tyde, Green, Ashton & Clifton P.A. can help you fight for the rights of your abused loved one.
Some of the most common types of abuse that occur in Florida nursing homes include:
- Sexual abuse
- Unnecessary restraints
- Lack of hydration
- Prescription drug abuse
- Financial abuse
- Emotional or mental abuse
- Improper hygiene
- Unsafe living conditions
If you are not sure whether or not your loved one is a victim, there are some signs to look out for, which include:
- Poor hygiene
- Dehydration or signs of malnutrition
- Depression or anxiety
- Unexplained cuts, sores, or bruises
- Developing bedsores
- Emotional issues
- Frequent injuries
Can An Attorney Help Me?
If you or a loved one was the victim of nursing home abuse, an attorney will seek justice and ensure that the nursing home never engages in these practices again. Not only will the responsible employee be held accountable, but so will the nursing home itself as well as anyone else that is liable. You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Additional medical expenses
- Reimbursement of nursing home care and deductibles paid out
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses (for wrongful death cases)
- Physical therapy
- Infection treatments
Contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at Hardesty, Tyde & Ashton, P. A., now for a free case evaluation. We will determine if you have a valid nursing home abuse case and can help seek justice. Contact us now to get started.
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What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)