If you believe your loved one has been a victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you may be eligible to recover substantial compensation on their behalf. A Wesley Chapel nursing home abuse lawyer from Distasio Law Firm will go after the responsible party or parties and help you win the money you deserve. Our personal injury attorneys have a long and successful track record of fighting for the rights of injured victims and helping them recover compensation. We want to put our experience and resources to work for you.
At Distasio Law Firm, we believe in putting the needs of our clients first. We never collect a fee until our clients recover money, and our attorneys prioritize honesty, communication, and transparency. We make you a partner in the process from day one, always keeping you informed of what is happening with your claim. Our support staff is always available and always eager to help with anything you need.
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The Neglect and Abuse of Elderly
Nursing homes have unfortunate reputations as dingy, depressing places, and most of us dread the day we decide to place a loved one there. In reality, most nursing homes provide excellent care, and their staff members are very attentive to the needs of their residents.
That said, it only takes a small percentage of facilities with problems to reflect poorly on the entire industry. Elder abuse and neglect, while statistically unlikely, is, without a doubt, a significant problem in Florida and all over the country.
There are many ways in which a nursing home resident might suffer abuse. A few of the most common are listed below.
The definition of physical abuse in the context of a nursing home extends well beyond hitting, kicking, punching, and other obvious acts of physical violence. Whenever a caregiver uses more force than necessary to handle or restrain a nursing home resident, it could become physical abuse.
Emotional abuse is another broad type of mistreatment and may include manipulation, intimidation, humiliation, and emotional neglect.
Sexual abuse does not have to involve physical contact of a sexual nature. Although rape and molestation do occur in nursing facilities, sexual abuse may also include such acts as making inappropriate comments or gestures, subjecting a resident to pornography or other sexually charged material, or even making unwanted jokes of a sexual nature.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home residents have long lists of needs to which caregivers have a duty to attend. That is why residents are in nursing facilities in the first place—if they could feed themselves, bathe themselves, drive themselves to the store, and remember to take their medication at the right time, they would probably still be living at home.
When a nursing home caregiver fails to meet every need of a resident, it is neglect. This neglect may include failing to provide adequate food, not administering medication on time, or even failing to give the resident enough attention.
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Signs of Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes
You should alert somebody the minute you believe your loved one is suffering from abuse or neglect in a nursing home. Many nursing home residents do not have the wherewithal or mental capacity to speak up for themselves or, in some cases, even become aware of mistreatment. Those who do may be scared to speak up since they likely rely on the abuser for their basic daily needs. As their loved one, you are their eyes and ears, and it is better to speak up about your suspicions and be wrong than to remain silent while your loved one continues to suffer.
Here are a few of the most common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect that you should be watching for when you visit your loved one:
- Unexplained bruises or other physical injuries
- Sudden and unexplained changes in personality
- Fear or reticence around a certain caregiver
- Dirty clothes or bedsheets
- Unexplained changes in medication
- Unexplained credit card charges or bank withdrawals
Financial Compensation for Elder Abuse in a Nursing Home
If your loved one suffered nursing home abuse or neglect, a Wesley Chapel nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can help you recover compensation on their behalf. We can help you collect a settlement that may include money for the following and more:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
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The Statute of Limitations
The Florida nursing home statute of limitations http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0400-0499/0400/Sections/0400.0236.html on filing a lawsuit over nursing home abuse or neglect is typically two years from when you knew or should have known of the possibility of negligence, but it can be longer or shorter if extenuating circumstances apply to your case. That is why it is a good idea to speak with a Wesley Chapel nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer as soon as you suspect something is amiss with your loved one’s care. We can investigate and determine if it is appropriate to take action. If we need to, we can file a quick lawsuit to make sure no important deadlines expire on your claim. To set up a free case evaluation, call us at (813) 259-0022.
Call for a Free, No-Obligation Nursing Home Abuse Case Evaluation
The Wesley Chapel nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Distasio Law Firm are eager to get to work on your case. If a nursing care facility mistreated your loved one, we can act on their behalf and help you recover compensation. We never collect a fee until we recover money for our clients. To learn more, and to set up a free case evaluation today, call Distasio Law Firm at (813) 259-0022.