Orlando Attorneys Fighting for Nursing Home Abuse Victims
Many families rely on nursing homes to care for their loved ones. Most nursing homes in Florida offer superlative care, but some do not. If someone you love is abused in a nursing home, speak at once to an Orlando nursing home abuse attorney at the Orlando Personal Injury Law Offices.
Nursing home residents may suffer abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The neglect of a nursing home resident can quickly lead to malnutrition, dehydration, or a rapidly declining medical condition.
In some cases, the residents of nursing homes have suffered physical, emotional, and even sexual abuse. Nursing home residents are also increasingly the targets of financial exploitation including forgery and theft.
Nursing Home Abuse May Be Hard to Detect
Abuse may be difficult for your loved one to talk about, especially if intimidation, embarrassment, or shame is part of the abuse, or if your loved one suffers with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or another serious mental or psychological condition.
A nursing home resident may not be able to express clearly what is happening, so families with relatives residing in nursing homes must be vigilant. Families should communicate clearly with a nursing home’s staff, make unexpected visits, and learn the signs of nursing home abuse.
Why Does Abuse Happen In Nursing Homes?
At too many Florida nursing home facilities, the employees are underpaid, under-trained, and overworked. The owners of nursing homes have the right to make a profit, but not when it means the neglect of the residents.
Over time, nursing home negligence and abuse lead to the slow deterioration of a resident’s health. Other cases lead to wrongful death. When nursing home abuse happens in Florida, victims have the legal right to compensation.
Where Can Families Turn for Help?
If you suspect that your elderly loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse in Orlando – or at any nursing home facility in central Florida – justice begins by reaching out to an Orlando nursing home abuse attorney at the Orlando Personal Injury Law Offices.
Our personal injury lawyers have years of experience fighting for the rights of nursing home abuse victims. A lawsuit that charges a nursing home with abuse can bring a rapid halt to the mistreatment of the elderly in that facility.
For many years at the Orlando Personal Injury Law Offices, we have represented victims in nursing home abuse cases that include:
- failure to supervise residents, resulting in falls and injuries
- sexual abuse including coerced nudity, sexually explicit language, and sexual battery
- physical abuse that causes pain, fear, injury, humiliation, or impairment
- emotional abuse such as demeaning, embarrassing, harassing, or threatening a resident
- financial exploitation including fraud, forgery, and theft
Anything that puts residents at risk, overlooks their rights, or denies their dignity may constitute nursing home abuse.
What Are the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?
The signs of abuse can include bedsores, cuts, bruises, hunger, thirst, sudden weight loss, poor hygiene, and psychological changes such as withdrawal or depression. Bedsores are usually a clear indication that a nursing home is providing substandard care.
Bedsores form when unrelieved pressure reduces the blood flow to a spot on the skin, and the surrounding tissue dies. Bedsores can form anywhere on the skin, but they usually form on the sacrum, elbows, tailbone, heels, and ankles.
A nursing home’s staff can prevent bedsores simply by routinely turning patients in their beds. Quite frankly, the failure to conduct this kind of basic, simple routine is not acceptable, and it may indicate that negligence is widespread in a particular nursing home.
We Provide the Legal Advice Families Need
If you suspect that someone you love is at risk in a central Florida nursing home, let an Orlando personal injury attorney at the Orlando Personal Injury Law Offices explain what steps you should take. If your loved one is a theft or assault victim, your attorney may bring in the police.
You will need personalized advice from the moment you first suspect nursing home abuse. Even if a nursing home is technically in compliance with the minimum legal requirements, it may still be held liable for specific instances of resident abuse or neglect.
Your first legal consultation with us is free and entails no obligation. If your family moves forward with legal action against a nursing home facility, you pay no attorney’s fee until and unless we recover compensation on your elderly loved one’s behalf.
Our elderly loved ones deserve the best care that can be provided. If you suspect nursing home abuse, put a Florida nursing home abuse attorney to work for your family at once.
Call the Orlando Personal Injury Law Offices at (407) 270-0052, or get in touch with us by using the contact form here on our website. The help of a good attorney is every family’s right.