Arranging for nursing home care is often the best and most practical solution to ensure the daily personal and medical needs of older adult loved ones are met. Unfortunately, picking the right provider is not always easy, and incidents involving neglect and abuse of nursing home residents have become common. At the Eighmie Law Firm, P.A., our lawyers provide the caring support and professional legal representation older adults and their family members need in these situations. With our combined 30 years of experience representing clients throughout the area, we can advise you on how to hold those responsible for the abuse or neglect accountable, so that you can get compensation for the damages you suffer.
Protecting Your Loved Ones Against Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse in Florida
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), roughly one out of every ten people over the age of 60 become victims of abuse or neglect each year. Sadly, they are often too afraid, embarrassed, or intimidated to speak up about what is happening to them. As a result, only one out of every 14 cases ends up being reported, which means that the actual number of those impacted is likely to be significantly higher. Older adults in nursing homes and long terms facilities are often at an increased risk for abuse or neglect. At the Eighmie Law Firm, P.A., we defend and protect nursing home residents who may have suffered any of the following:
- Physical abuse, such as hitting, punching, shoving, or kicking;
- Emotional abuse, which includes name calling, put downs, intimidation, and threats;
- Financial abuse, such as stealing money or personal property;
- Sexual abuse, such as sexual harassment and inappropriate touching;
- Neglect, which may include not providing for daily needs or withholding food or medical care.
Hold Those Responsible for Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Accountable
The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) reports that there are close to 700 licensed nursing home care facilities throughout the state, providing care for more than 80,000 residents. Based on national figures, this means that as many as 10,000 or more residents are likely to be victims of nursing home abuse or neglect. If you are a victim or suspect a loved one is not being cared for properly, you should immediately contact the authorities. In addition to filing criminal charges, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. Those that can be held legally liable for nursing home abuse or neglect include:
- Individual doctors and nurses assigned to the resident;
- Nursing home staff, such as floor monitors and aides;
- Nursing home administrators, including owners along with facility managers.
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Nursing home neglect and abuse can cause serious medical and emotional trauma, along with a steady decline in the patient that eventually hastens death. If you suspect a loved one is at risk, contact our Fort Pierce nursing home neglect and abuse lawyers at the Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. to request a consultation to get the help you and your loved one need.