Nursing Home Abuse
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, approximately one to two million adults 65 years-of-age and older are the victims of elder abuse each year. Elder abuse is very common in nursing homes and can have serious consequences, with the Senior Journal reporting that an abused senior is three times more likely to die within three years of the abuse than someone who is not subject to poor treatment.
If you or a loved one was the victim of nursing home abuse, Florida laws allow you to take legal action to obtain compensation for your losses. An experienced Daytona Beach nursing home abuse lawyer at Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A. can assist you in making a claim to hold the nursing home accountable.
What is Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home abuse can be broadly divided into several different categories including physical abuse; mental/emotional abuse; financial abuse; sexual abuse; neglect and the unlawful use of chemical restraints. Some different examples of nursing home abuse include:
- Failing to prevent bedsores (pressure ulcers)
- Failing to provide adequate food and water and ensure the senior is getting nutrition and not becoming dehydrated
- Unwanted sexual acts
- Unlawfully restraining a senior or prescribing unnecessary antipsychotic medications to make the nursing home patient more docile and easier to control
- Failure to provide clean and safe living quarters
- Failure to prevent dangerous falls
These are just some of the different examples of ways that a nursing home can abuse or mistreat a patient. When a patient moves into a nursing home, the nursing home is entrusted with his or her care. If the nursing home then fails to do a reasonable job of ensuring the senior’s basic needs are met, then the home can be held responsible.
How a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Can Help
When you or a loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, you can file a personal injury lawsuit to obtain monetary compensation. This will cover financial losses including medical bills incurred because of the abuse but it will also cover non-economic losses including pain and suffering or loss of companionship if the abuse leads to wrongful death.
To obtain this compensation, you can settle the case outside of court and accept a payment in exchange for giving up the right to sue. You can also see the case through in court and have a jury decide damages. A Daytona Beach nursing home abuse lawyer will advise you on whether you have a case; help you to decide whether to sue or settle; negotiate a settlement on your behalf; gather evidence to prove your case; and present your claim in court. Every step of the way, the goal is to ensure the nursing home pays for its wrongful behavior.
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Today
Nursing home abuse is an egregious wrong committed against our most vulnerable population. Do not let another day go by before you hold a nursing home responsible for harm caused through abusive or neglectful behavior. The Daytona Beach nursing home abuse lawyers at Bundza & Rodriguez, PA. are ready to help you today.
To learn more, schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Daytona Beach personal injury attorneys by giving us a call today at (386) 252-5170.
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