Florida Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Fighting for the Rights of Our Elderly
When we entrust our elderly family members in a nursing home, we expect to receive the best care and support. There are cases, however, where nursing homes become the very reason why our elderly feel threatened and unsafe. It may be hard to imagine, but nursing home abuse happens. When you or your elderly loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse, Strems Law Firm, P.A. can fight your rights to pursue justice and fair compensation. With our years of experience in handling nursing home abuse cases, we are confident that we can craft a compelling legal strategy to help you achieve favorable results. Whether the nursing home is located in Coral Gables, Broward, Boca Raton, Tampa, Jacksonville or anywhere in Florida, our skilled attorneys are ready to advocate you.
To know more about how our Florida nursing home abuse attorneys can help you with your nursing home abuse case, call (786) 661-3111!
Different Types of Nursing Home Abuse
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, there are more than 500,000 adults over the age of 60 that are abused or neglected each year.
Below are the different forms of maltreatment that can happen in a nursing home:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Financial abuse
Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect
Unfortunately, elderly nursing home residents are not always able to speak up when abuse or neglect occurs. Because of this, knowing the common signs of nursing home abuse, as well as what to do if you suspect abuse is occurring, is incredibly important.
First and foremost, it’s important to remember that nursing home abuse can take many forms—neglect, physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional harm, and even financial exploitation. In some cases, several forms of nursing home abuse may be occurring concurrently. Always keep an eye out for anything that seems unusual or “off” at your loved one’s nursing home or in regards to your loved one’s care. If you believe your loved one or someone else is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact the proper authorities right away.
Some common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect include:
- Broken bones and other fall injuries
- Unexplained bruises, scratches, and other superficial injuries
- Serious injuries that can’t be explained
- Poor hygiene
- Unclean/unsanitary facilities
- Soiled bedsheets/clothing
- Bruises on or near the breasts and/or genital areas
- Sudden, unexplained changes in mood or behavior
- Unwillingness to speak in front of nursing home staff
- Staff members who do not permit you to be alone with a resident
- Poor staff to resident ratio
- Use of physical or chemical restraints
- Unexplained changes to a will, trust, or power of attorney
- Large and/or frequent withdrawals from bank accounts
Note that these are not all of the signs of nursing home abuse or neglect; if you notice anything strange about your loved one or the facility in which they reside, it is a good idea to pay close attention to the behavior of the staff and take note of anything that appears to be abuse. If you believe your loved one or another nursing home resident is in danger, contact local authorities or call 911.
Fighting for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Our firm believes that nursing home abuse is one of the cruelest things that one can do to our elderly, and that is why we are determined to recover the maximum compensation possible for your case. We are your compassionate confidant as well as your aggressive advocacy. You can rest assured that our Florida nursing home abuse lawyers are committed to pursuing justice and the damages you are owed.