It’s estimated that 5 million seniors are abused or neglected each year right here in the U.S.
Yet, it’s believed that only 1 in 14 are reported. We find those numbers to be astounding – and regardless of their complete accuracy – we consider any number “too much”.
What does that mean for Florida seniors who are full time residents of nursing homes or retirement communities? What rights do they have and is it acceptable for Florida’s older population to be facing issues like this when they are often the least capable of protecting themselves from harm?
Our Miami nursing home abuse lawyers have heard about many injuries here in Miami and around Florida – many of which are devastating to hear. Our recommendation to you is – trust your instincts. Family members and caregivers are often the first to recognize signs of abuse or neglect.
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 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 you, a spouse, parent or family member has experienced nursing home abuse, neglect or improper care in Florida 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. The conversation with our firm is free and confidential.
Abuse and neglect of the elderly can be found in the form of bedsores, open wounds, cuts, bruises, dehydration, malnutrition, weight loss, burns, falls, bowel impactions, medication errors, poor personal hygiene, verbal or physical abuse, over sedation, and many other forms.
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
If your loved one is under the care of a Florida 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.
Do you know of someone who was hurt while in a nursing home?
We want to hear your story. Don’t let suspected nursing mistreatment go unreported.
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.