In Florida, as people reach the ‘Golden Years’ or require additional medical assistance, they may choose to go to a nursing facility. Nursing homes are supposed to be a safe haven that provides a home environment with healthcare management. This allows your loved one to live onsite and have nursing care assisting them 24 hours a day. In the patient’s new home, the caregivers, nurses, and doctors are supposed to provide the needed attention and personal care that they may need. If this does not happen, you need a nursing home abuse lawyer from Florida.
Millions of Americans count on nursing facilities to provide them with the personal care they cannot provide for themselves. We trust that the professional staff that has the skill and knowledge to care for us will provide us with the highest standard of care during this important time of need. Despite strict state and federal standards of care that these nursing facilities are required to follow, accidents still happen. Patients are injured or killed as the result of this abuse. Gross violations occur every single day, tragically compromising the health of our loved ones.
Most nursing facilities deal with their residents with honor and respect providing a safe and healthy environment for their patients. Problems arise when many nursing facilities are understaffed or employ inexperienced employees. In some individual cases, nursing facilities actually hire staff who can be down right abusive to the patients. When a nursing facility fails to provide the care, safety and aid that they were hired for, they may be held liable for their actions. They can be held liable whether the error was from neglect or abuse.
Common Symptoms of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
- Failed supervision of residents or staff
- Bed sores or decubitis ulcers
- Broken bones such as legs and arms
- Sexual or mental abuse
- Physical assault by staff
- Verbal abuse of residents
- Intimidation of patients
- Slips and Falls
- Physical or Chemical Restraining
- Errors with Medication
- Clogged Breathing Tubes
- Financial Exploitation
Doctors are not normally always on site. When they are away, nurses are totally in charge of the nursing home residents. Sometimes, there is communication problem. Huge errors can occur over the lack of communication between a doctor and a nurse. When this occurs, the doctor and nurse may be held liable. Nurses are also in charge of medication. When a nurse administers the wrong medication, misreads a prescription or gives a patient the wrong dosage, they may be held liable.
If you have suffered from a serious injury or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or died caused by nursing home abuse or malpractice, please contact our firm.
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