Abuse And Neglect In Florida Nursing Homes And Assisted Living Facilities
When you learn that your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you may feel horrified and enraged. How could a licensed care facility be a place of harm rather than help? Why was your loved one’s dignity violated? What can you do to stop this alarming pattern, safeguard your loved one and pursue accountability?
At Stockham Law Group, P.A., we understand the heartbreak and nightmare of learning that your loved one has been abused or mistreated in a residential care facility. Our attorneys advocate for the legal rights of clients who have been harmed due to abuse at the hands of nursing homes or assisted living staff. We will work closely with you to help you weigh your options in pursuing legal action against the facility. Should you decide to move forward with a personal injury or medical malpractice claim against the facility or care provider, our attorneys are well-equipped to prepare a strong case. Our legal team includes effective advocates with proven records of success in this challenging area of law.
Signs Of Abuse Or Neglect
Your loved one may be suffering from mistreatment if they exhibit any of the following red flags:
- Bed sores
- Frequent infections
- Frequent falls
- Withdrawal and social isolation
- Cognitive decline
- Unexplained injuries or bruises
- Wandering or elopement (leaving the premises)
- Aggression or other personality changes
- Unexplained declines in their medical condition
Learn more about different types of nursing home abuse, what to do if you suspect nursing home abuse has occurred and guidance on other common questions about this topic here.
Holding Assisted Living Facilities Accountable
Florida assisted living facilities are required to provide their residents with access to adequate and appropriate health care. However, far too often these facilities simply accept residents and their payment sources while doing little to care for them.
One of the most common concerns with assisted living care is over-medicating residents who have become too challenging for the assisted living caregivers. Over-medication of residents has been shown to lead to falls, skin breakdown, dehydration, malnutrition and sometimes even death.
Holding assisted living facilities accountable for their actions can be difficult because they are typically not inspected by the government more than once every two years and the charting requirements are lax. Having dealt with dozens of similar cases, we are adept at recognizing the patterns of abuse that are present in an assisted living facility.
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For more information on how we can help, contact us today in Tampa, Sarasota and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You can also call 877-976-9412 to request your free consultation. Because we handle these cases on a contingent-fee basis, you won’t pay anything out of pocket and you won’t owe us any attorney fees or costs unless we’re successful in securing compensation for you.