Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Defending Patients Abused By Hospitals & Nursing Homes In West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie & Throughout South Florida
Providing for an aging relative can be a challenging task. Many trust their siblings, parents, grandparents, and others to the supervision of a nursing home or other long-term care facility.
Nothing can be more devastating to learn that your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of someone entrusted to render care and protection.
We work in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, and other local communities in South Florida. To learn more about receiving compensation for your injuries and care, send us a message online or call our team at 561-845-2510 today.
Nursing Home Abuse Rampant
Abuse and neglect of the elderly includes any intentional actions by a caregiver that cause harm or create a risk of harm to an elder. This includes a failure by a caregiver to provide for an elder’s basic needs. Unfortunately, elder abuse and neglect is a serious problem in our society.
According to the National Center for Elder Abuse, one report indicates that as much as forty-four percent of nursing home residents report that they have been abused, and ninety-five percent of nursing home residents report that they have been neglected or seen another resident neglected.
Types of Abuse and Neglect in Florida
Elders in nursing home and other long-term care facilities can suffer abuse of many types.
Some of the more common forms of abuse include the following:
- Physical Abuse – includes acts involving physical force that causes harm to an elder, such as hitting, shoving, biting, scratching, and inappropriate use of drugs or restraints.
- Emotional Abuse – includes acts that cause emotional harm to an elder, such as yelling, ridiculing, intimidating, scapegoating, blaming, and terrorizing.
- Financial Abuse – includes stealing money or property from an elder, such as when a caregiver pressures or tricks an elder into giving valuable financial information like credit card numbers or access to bank accounts.
- Neglect – includes instances when an elder does not receive proper care, including medical care, physical care, or emotional attention.
Florida Law Entitles You to Compensation for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
There are many causes of elder abuse and neglect, such as nursing home staff that are overworked, underpaid, or lack training. Regardless of the cause, however, Florida prohibits elder abuse and neglect.
Under Florida law, those that have suffered such harm are entitled to compensation. If you or a loved one have suffered harm while under the care of a nursing home, speak with a skilled Florida nursing home abuse attorney today.
Contact a South Florida Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Contact an experienced team of West Palm Beach nursing home abuse lawyers if you or one of your loved ones has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home. The attorneys at Fetterman & Associates, PA have years of experience helping people with injuries due to abuse or neglect.
We understand the challenges faced by individuals and families harmed while under the care of another, and are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure you receive the help and compensation you deserve.