Miami Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Attorneys
Florida has long been considered a location that retirees flock to either in the winter to get away from the cold, or permanently for a lifestyle change. As a result, many of these retirees will find themselves in a nursing home years later, once their families make a collective decision. Unfortunately, many of these retirees often do not have family nearby, and face the hazards of nursing home placement on their own, without much oversight. The decision to place your loved ones in a nursing home can be a difficult decision, and the knowledge that you placed them in a dangerous situation is even worse. If your loved one was injured due to nursing home neglect or abuse, you are entitled to bring a claim for damages on their behalf.
Nursing Home Neglect
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released nursing home statistics in 2014 which indicated that approximately 15,600 nursing home has approximately 1.4 million residents, with 300,000 vacant beds. This works out to approximately 90 residents per nursing home, although many nursing homes have more than this.
Florida alone has approximately 73,000 nursing home residents, which represents a very small percentage of the total population, although remains one of the top states for nursing home residents. With so many residents throughout the country, nursing home neglect has become an unfortunately common occurrence. Neglect is as deliberate as physical abuse to a nursing home resident, as it can lead to a resident’s downfall within weeks. Nursing home residents often require round-the-clock care, as this was often the purpose for their shift to a nursing home.
Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can unfortunately remain hidden for months, and even years from unsuspecting family members. Nursing home abuse involves both physical and psychological abuse. Psychological abuse can occur when nursing home employees take advantage of a resident’s mental state and coerce them to make changes in a will or other financial document. Psychological abuse can also take a more disheartening form, and can lead to a resident’s rapid downfall.
Family members should pay close attention to any changes in their loved one’s mood or physical appearance. Physical abuse can occur in areas typically hidden from view, and it is therefore important to remain informed of your loved one. Residents who have difficulty communicating are particularly at risk of abuse.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Recovery
The family of a nursing home neglect or abuse victim is entitled to bring a claim for damages against the nursing home which will include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Pain and suffering
Many forms of nursing home abuse and neglect will exacerbate existing medical conditions, making it difficult for elderly residents to fully recovery. A personal injury attorney will work closely with you to determine the amount of damages you and your family are entitled to receive after such abuse occurs.
Lipcon & Lipcon | Miami, Florida Personal Injury Lawyers
If your loved one has been injured due to nursing home neglect or abuse, do not hesitate to contact the nursing home abuse attorneys of Lipcon & Lipcon. Our attorneys understand just how devastating it can be to learn that your loved one was the victim of such reckless abuse at a location you helped pick out for them. However, it is important to keep in mind that this is not your fault, and the responsible parties should be held liable for their actions. Contact our Miami office today for your initial free consultation.