Florida Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse
It’s painful to think that someone you love may be suffering neglect or abuse in a Florida nursing home. But nursing home neglect and abuse are very real problems. Sadly, abuse and neglect may affect thousands who live in Florida’s many long-term care facilities.
If you believe a loved one has been the victim of Florida nursing home neglect or abuse, Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, can help.
Our personal injury law firm represents clients across South Florida, including the Treasure Coast, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties, with our main office located in Stuart, Florida. To talk about your nursing home neglect or abuse concerns, simply call us today toll-free at (888) 649-6092 or use our online form.
We always offer a free and confidential case evaluation. We can talk about your situation, answer your questions, and hopefully give you peace of mind about getting help with your nursing home abuse concerns.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect and abuse can endanger the health and welfare of Florida elder care facility residents. If your loved one is a victim, contact Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, today.
Bedsores can be prevented by regular attention to residents who can’t move on their own. Once bedsores develop, a Florida nursing home resident is at risk of serious complications and even death.
Assisted Care Concerns
Signs of Florida nursing home neglect include malnutrition, dehydration or bedsores. Get help today if your loved one has any of these symptoms.
Nursing Home Abuse Is a Serious Problem in Florida
Over 168,000 Florida residents live in long-term care facilities. That number is only going to get bigger. The 2010 national census shows that Florida has some 3.3 million residents over age 65. Many of those Floridians will turn to assisted living facilities, adult family-care homes, and nursing homes as their personal needs exceed their ability to cope with independent living.
Nursing homes and other assisted living alternatives are supposed to be safe environments where elderly Floridians can live in security and dignity, but all too often that’s not the case. In its 2011 Annual Report, for instance, Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program reported that it investigated over 7,500 complaints concerning residents living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult family-care homes. The top complaints included problems with administering medications, failures to respond to requests for help, and issues with dignity, respect, and staff attitudes.
Given the seriousness of the problem, both state and federal law create protections for nursing home residents, who are so easily abused or neglected. Florida law sets standards for nursing homes and related health care facilities, including residents’ rights, with a goal of making sure that residents enjoy safe, adequate, and appropriate care, treatment, and health. It also provides for claims against nursing homes when a resident’s rights are violated, or when the resident is injured.
On the federal level, the Elder Justice Act seeks to coordinate elder abuse prevention efforts, while federal civil rights laws also guarantee that nursing home residents receive equal access and accommodations without regard to race, color or national origin.
Protecting Florida Nursing Home Residents Requires Action
Nursing home residents are a vulnerable population. Only when nursing home neglect, mistreatment, malpractice and abuse are investigated, and appropriate remedies are fought for, can the elderly victims get help. That can mean getting assistance from state agencies and relief organizations, and it can mean filing a lawsuit for compensation and other relief.
We offer information to help you understand nursing home abuse and neglect, what to look for if you have concerns about yourself or a loved one, and to let you know how we can help if you suspect nursing home negligence or mistreatment.
- Florida Nursing Home Abuse
- Communities We Serve
- When to Suspect a Problem
- What to Look For In Quality Florida Nursing Homes
- Common Problems / Practice Area Page
- Firm Profile
We Know How to Get Results on Your Florida Nursing Home Claim
Contact Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, today about your Florida nursing home claim. Whether you’re in Stuart, Okeechobee, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Vero Beach, or anywhere else across South Florida, you can reach us by calling (888) 649-6092, or by using our online form. We provide a free consultation to discuss your case. Don’t be silent if you or a loved one needs help. Call us today so we can get started on your Florida nursing home neglect or abuse claim.