Nursing home abuse occurs on a daily basis throughout the state of Florida and the rest of the United States. Several studies estimate that nearly 10% of elderly residents experience personal injuries due to nursing home abuse each year, and nearly 1,800 seniors die each year as a result of nursing home abuse. Nursing home abuse can take many forms, including physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or negligence, medical errors, and financial exploitation. The nursing home or assisted living facility staff as well as other residents can direct these forms of abuse at the elderly residents of homes.
If you believe that your loved one is experienced any of these forms of nursing home abuse, you should contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer immediately. Abbott Law Group has provided representation to the elderly and their families in the Jacksonville area for over thirty years. Contact us today for a free nursing home abuse consultation.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Often times, the families of nursing home residents either ignore or do not recognize some of the telltale signs that their loved one is being abused. One reason for failing to recognize nursing home abuse is that it may appear to simply be the result of the resident’s dementia or other illness. In addition, if abuse is occurring in a nursing home or a fall due to negligence, the employer and employees of the nursing home will attempt to conceal any signs of it from family members of the residents. Nursing homes also have been known to downplay residents’ injuries to family members. This is why it is incredibly important for family members to not only know about, but also proactively look for any potential signs.
Some of the common signs of nursing home abuse include but are not limited to:
Broken bones or fractures,
Bruises or welts,
Cuts or lacerations,
Untreated wounds and injuries,
Unexplained weight loss,
Lab findings of a drug overdose,
Poor physical appearance,
Uncleanliness of the resident or his living area,
Mood swings or changes in mental status,
Refusal of resident to speak to family members,
Refusing to eat, and
Facility’s refusal to allow family members to see their loved one alone.
While the presence of these signs is not definitive proof that an elderly resident is being abused, it is important to investigate the matter further. If you recognize any of the above signs of nursing home abuse, bedsores, or other serious injuries, then you should contact the nursing home abuse lawyers of Abbott Law Group today.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
If you have a loved one who is residing in a nursing home, the attorneys at Abbott Law Group suggest that you call and visit as often as you can and watch for the warning signs of nursing home abuse. If you suspect that nursing home staff may be abusing your loved one, report it immediately and contact one of our experienced attorneys. Abbott Law Group is dedicated to handling nursing home abuse cases all over Florida, including Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Orange Park, Ponte Vedra Beach, and St. Augustine. Call us today to discuss your legal rights.