Lakeland Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Are you looking for a nursing home abuse lawyer in Lakeland, Florida? We can help.
Baron & Herskowitz is dedicated to handling the litigation of cases involving neglect and abuse of the elderly in long term facilities licensed as nursing homes and as assisted living facilities. Neglect and abuse to the elderly happens every day and can be physical, emotional or simple negligence.
If you, a spouse, parent or family member has experienced nursing home abuse, neglect or improper care in the Lakeland area we want to speak with you. You may have a case that would require legal action. Our attorneys will spend time with you to determine what happened and what the next steps should be.
This is what our lawyers will do for you:
- First – get a free and confidential conversation with our firm
- We then gather information and start investigating your claim
- If we believe the claim is viable, we start legal action on your behalf
- We prepare everything leading up to a possible trial or settlement
- Work toward negotiating a settlement (most cases are settled)
- Throughout, we’re here to advise and support you and your family along the way
What are Signs of Nursing Home Abuse You Might See in Lakeland?
If you suspect that your elderly loved one is being mistreated, neglected or abused, you should contact an attorney immediately. The following are signs that something may be wrong:
- Unexplained bruises or injuries
- Untreated bed sores
- Your loved one seems distant or nervous
- The staff doesn’t allow you to visit with your loved one alone
- Your loved one denies visitors or wants to be left alone
- Your loved one is heavily sedated or seems out of it
- Unsanitary conditions such as unchanged bed sheets or dirty clothes
Any change of behavior may be a sign of maltreatment. You should pay attention to your loved one’s behavior and watch for signs. Many times, our elderly loved ones won’t tell us if something is wrong, maybe because they are embarrassed, ashamed or frightened. Or, in some cases, they may not be able to communicate well. It is up to you to protect your loved one, to watch for signs and to listen to your instincts.
If your loved one is under the care of a Lakeland nursing home or retirement community, there are some things you can do to help prevent negligence. Make frequent visits at different times of the day so the staff doesn’t know when to expect you. Get to know the staff. You should also pay attention to what is happening with other residents while you are visiting. Is there shouting? Are the residents being ignored? Does the facility smell like urine?
When should you contact an attorney? It’s generally suggested that you should contact an attorney as soon as you can after discovering abuse, neglect or negligence. You certainly will want to take action that protects your loved one. This may include moving them to another facility. If something about their injury seems to you as though it was caused by someone else actions – you should contact an attorney. Remember – a consultation with an experienced nursing home lawyer is free.
How long do you have to make a claim against the nursing home? In Florida, the time limit is two years from the time of the incident that caused the injury – or two years from when the incident was discovered or should have been discovered with due diligence. Depending on the circumstances of your individual case, other limitations may apply.
How long does it take to settle a nursing home lawsuit? While some settlements can be had relatively quickly, you should expect that the process will take months, with many nursing home cases taking between 18 and 24 months.
Why Nursing Home Abuse Exists in the Lakeland area?
Sometimes elderly residents are neglected due to lack of staff or poor training. But, it doesn’t matter. There is never an excuse for nursing home abuse or negligence. We put our loved ones in nursing home facilities because we can no longer provide them with the care they need. We put our trust in the staff that is taking care of them and hope that they will be treated like family.
It’s estimated that 5 million seniors are abused or neglected each year across America, yet only 1 in 14 are likely reported. That’s astounding. We want to hear your story. Don’t let suspected nursing mistreatment go unreported in Lakeland.
And not just in Lakeland, but the surrounding communities of Plant City, Winter Haven, Auburndale, Bartow and Polk City.
There are at least 20 nursing homes in and around Lakeland – housing hundreds of older residents who need constant, round the clock care. Are they being cared for to the degree they deserve?
How Can Our Lakeland Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers Help?
If your loved one has suffered injury, emotional distress, or even wrongful death due to nursing home negligence or abuse, we understand that there is no amount of money that can compensate for the resulting pain, suffering, and feelings of violation you and your family feel. Still, money recovered as damages in a nursing home neglect lawsuit can help families make sure that their ill-treated loved ones receive the very best care available. Furthermore, by taking action and raising awareness of the growing problem of nursing home negligence, victims and their families may be able to prevent future mistreatment of nursing home residents.
If you suspect or know that your loved one has suffered negligent care in a nursing home, we encourage you to contact the attorneys at Baron & Herskowitz. We work with families across Florida and will review your specific situation to determine if any abuse is or was present, and, if so, bring the full weight of our experience and resources to bear as we support you and your family in the pursuit of justice.
When negligence or abuse occurs, it is a direct violation of our trust. And it is devastating. At Baron & Herskowitz, our attorneys advocate for elderly patients and their families. We have the knowledge and experience to hold nursing homes accountable for the harm they cause to the elderly and their families. If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected or abused while under the care of a nursing home, retirement home or assisted living facility in Lakeland or a surrounding area, we may be able to help you. Contact our law office to schedule a consultation today.