Fort Lauderdale Nursing Home Accidents Lawyers Dedicated to the Safety of Your Elderly Loved Ones
The help families need for victims of nursing home neglect and abuse
After the lifetime of love and care you received from your parents, grandparents and other close relatives, making the decision to entrust their care to a nursing home is extremely difficult. However, when they need special medical attention or 24-hour supervision to remain healthy and safe, a qualified facility may be the only alternative. Even when you make a decision based on thorough research, residential facilities can suffer reduced staffing concerns, hire the wrong employees or even lose control over a dangerous resident. If your loved one is injured as the result of these or other concerns, the dedicated nursing home neglect attorneys at Fazio DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. can help you take the legal action needed to protect them from further harm and compensate them for their injuries.
Nursing home neglect can lead to accidents and illness
Even facilities with the best intentions can neglect residents due to short staffing or financial concerns. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration provides guides to help you avoid choosing nursing homes that pose risks to residents, but it is as important to do your own homework to help ensure the safety of your loved ones. You also need to remain watchful for signs of neglect, such as the following:
- Nursing home accidents: Wet floors, unsecured electrical cords, or other items left in pathways can lead to slip and fall accidents, which can cause permanent or even deadly injuries to seniors.
- Daily care: Unclean clothing or a lack of regular bathing are signs that loved ones are not receiving the basic daily care they need to remain healthy. If your loved one is bedridden, bedsores indicate nursing home staff is not attending to their needs.
- Nutrition: It is not unusual for seniors to lose some weight over time, but any sudden and severe unexplained weight loss can be a sign of neglect. Even with changed eating behaviors, experienced nursing home staff needs to avoid patient malnutrition and dehydration with meal supplements.
When you call a personal injury lawyer at Fazio DiSalvo & Abers, P.A., you receive immediate advice and support. We can help you work with nursing home administrators when minor corrections can alleviate your concerns, but our board-certified trial lawyer can help you take full legal action when needed.
No resident should ever suffer from nursing home abuse
Many residential facilities have staff members dedicated to ensuring the seniors in their care have the best lives possible, but even the best nursing homes can hire one or more employees who fail to protect residents from abuse — or even cause it, such as in the following situations:
- Willful neglect: Nursing home staff members can cause serious illness or injury when they intentionally choose to ignore declining physical conditions.
- Assault: Impatience with the behavior of residents can lead to workers who inappropriately restrain or even strike their charges. Workers who do not notice injuries caused by other residents or fail to investigate signs of violence can also share culpability for the abuse.
- Sexual abuse: Residents can be highly vulnerable to sexual abuse perpetrated by other residents or by staff members who did not undergo a thorough background check prior to being hired.
Even when acts like these are perpetrated by individuals other than nursing home employees, a facility that fails to quickly identify and act to prevent further abuse can be liable under medical malpractice law.
Schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help protect the safety of your elderly loved ones
If you have any concerns about the care provided in a nursing home, a free initial consultation with the lawyers of Fazio DiSalvo & Abers, P.A. can provide the advice you need to protect them. We take calls 24/7, offer flexible hours for a free consultation, and we can meet with you in our convenient downtown office, at home or in the hospital. We take cases on a contingency-fee basis, so you pay no attorney fees until we obtain an award or settlement for your case. Contact us online, or call us at 954.416.0124 today.