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Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Negligence? Let Us Help You File a Lawsuit
If you suspect your loved one is a victim of neglect or abuse, call Ask2Amigo Law Firm in Tampa, Florida for help. Our aggressive attorneys will work tirelessly to hold the negligent care facility accountable for violating your trust and compromising your loved one’s dignity in their time of need.
Placing your loved one in a nursing home or assisted care facility is a big decision. You perform your due diligence, inspecting and researching all of the local nursing homes until you find the perfect one. You expect your loved one to be treated with dignity and respect, and for all of their medical needs to be addressed.
One of the most shocking things you can learn is that your loved one is being mistreated, neglected, or abused in their care facility. Some families are devastated to learn that their loved one suffered an untimely death because of caregiver wrongdoing. Nursing home abuse and negligence is a rampant problem across the country. Nursing home abuse is of particular concern in Florida, where so many elderly individuals choose to live out the golden years of their lives.
Signs of Neglect, Abuse, & Bad Care in a Nursing Home
The most tell-tale signs to look out for indicating possible neglect or abuse in an elderly care facility include:
- Pressure Sores (aka Bed Sore, Ulcers)
- Medication Errors
- Aspiration Pneumonia
- Unexplained Bruising or Fractures
- Malnutrition & Sudden Weight Loss
- Unnecessary Sedation & Restraints
Know the warning signs, and if you suspect neglect or abuse call the authorities to get help. Then Call Ask2Amigo so we can help you hold them accountable in court for negligence.
For more information on the signs to look for in abuse of the elderly, see our post:
When to File a Lawsuit for Nursing Home Negligence or Abuse
If you suspect a loved one is suffering from abuse or mistreatment in a care facility, call Ask2Amigo Law Firm today to speak with an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer. We will discuss the details of your case and take action to hold the abusers or negligent parties accountable. If we think you have a viable nursing home abuse lawsuit or negligence claim we will help you recover all of the financial damages owed to you.
Forms of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home residents are protected by law so that they are provided with a reasonable standard of care and treatment, yet many nursing home staff members fail to provide the appropriate care or treatment your loved one deserves. Nursing home abuse can take many forms, but all abuse of elders is illegal and inexcusable.
Types of Abuse in Elderly Care
Elder abuse in care facilities can be broken down into three categories:
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
Some residents can experience physical, emotional, or sexual abuse while in the nursing home. This could be from staffers or other residents, and if reported the staffers may not do anything about it. These types of direct abuse more commonly occur to residents who are incapable of reporting the abuse, such as residents with mental conditions or physical disabilities that prevent them from reporting the abuses that they suffer. Other times immobile victims are diagnosed with an STD that they did not have before moving to the nursing home.
Whether your loved one has suffered abuse or was neglected by the people trusted to care for them, the effects of both can be deadly.
What is Nursing Home Neglect?
Neglect is one of the most common types of abuse that occurs in senior homes. Too few staffers may be available to take care of the elderly residents, or staffers may be underpaid and feel that they are not required to provide the care your loved one needs. Neglect is one of the main reasons that nursing home residents develop bedsores (also called pressure sores).
Patients with limited mobility require routine position changes and movement to maintain proper blood and air flow. When these basic needs are not met, the resident develops pressure sores that are painful and can quickly become infected.
Does Negligence in Nursing Homes Mean Inadequate Medical Care?
Yes, nursing home negligence can sometimes be synonymous with inadequate medical care when prescription and medication errors occur; residents don’t receive the medical treatment or care they need; or common symptoms of a fatal or dangerous condition are ignored or misdiagnosed. Each of these examples can lead to serious complications, injury, or even death.
Some nursing homes suffer from a lack of adequate medical professionals, which can lead to residents not receiving the quality of medical care or attention that they need. Many residents silently suffer with injuries, bedsores, or infections (in particular untreated urinary tract infections).
What Causes Aspiration Pneumonia?
One of the leading causes of Aspiration Pneumonia is neglect, stemming from feeding tube placement problems. When residents in nursing homes with permanent feeding tubes do not receive the proper treatment or care required, fluids can build up in the resident’s lungs. Aspiration Pneumonia is not unique to nursing homes, but when it occurs in nursing homes it is red flag indicating improper feeding tube care and neglect.
What if Unnecessary Physical Restraints Were Used?
If you suspect or learned that the care facility trusted with caring for your loved one physically restrained them unnecessarily, you should know that there are consequences for this deplorable violation. Unfortunately, elder care facilities are caught using unnecessary physical restraints on residents across the country. It’s a problem, and it needs to stop. Sometimes residents in residential care facilities are restrained to protect the resident and others from causing harm. However, this is a more common practice in memory care facilities or mental health facilities, not among group homes for seniors.
Examples of physical restraints include being physically tied down to a chair or bed, or getting locked in a room. Sadly when patients are unnecessarily restrained, their captors may also administer an unneeded catheter so that they will not create a mess to clean up. Once a catheter is used on a patient, chances are caregivers will continue to use it which can lead to infection and other problems.
Is Unnecessary Sedation Considered a Chemical Restraint?
Yes, administering medication to a resident simply to make them less of a burden is abuse, more specifically referred to as chemical restraints. When nursing home staff chemically subdues residents, it may involve giving prescription drugs to residents that were not prescribed to them. Administering unnecessary medication is a commonly cited infraction by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare.
What Injuries Occur Because of Inadequate Supervision?
Residents can become injured in fall accidents, hit by a car, or suffer a number of other potentially fatal injuries when inadequate supervision by staff leads to wandering. Wandering occurs when residents who are confined within a facility for their own safety wander off, beyond the safety, security, and supervision of the memory care or residential care facility.
Some residents require a great deal of supervision to prevent injuries from occurring, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia who require specialized memory care. Inadequate care and supervision can be caused by understaffing, insufficient security, or simply negligence. Elder care facilities have a duty to keep at-risk wandering residents safely within the facility or home grounds to prevent injury and harm.
Need A Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in Tampa?
Nursing home abuse is a travesty that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Your elderly loved one might not be able to tell you that he or she is being abused either because they are afraid or because they are physically or mentally incapable of telling you or reporting the abuse themselves. Sometimes they are afraid to tell you because they have been threatened. When you and your loved one need help, call the nursing home abuse lawyers at Ask2Amigo Law Firm at (813) 482-0355 contact us online now to request a free case review.