Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
Nursing homes are designed to provide quality, around-the-clock care to the elderly and other infirm individuals. Unfortunately, many nursing homes fall far short of their obligations. According to a report from USA Today, 54 nursing homes in Florida received a total of 7,200 safety citations over a five-year period.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury in a nursing home, neglect might be to blame. To find out if you have a case, please contact an experienced lawyer today.
What is Neglect?
Neglect is different from abuse, although both are serious. With abuse, nursing home staff attack or otherwise molest a ward under their care. Many elderly are abused in nursing home when they are kicked, slapped, pinched, or sexually assaulted.
Neglect refers to a failure to properly attend to a resident’s needs or to guarantee their safety. As a result, many residents suffer serious injuries, including fractures, contusions, brain injuries, and bed sores.
What Are Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?
Neglect can happen at any nursing home. Unfortunately, many of our loved ones are not in a position to tell us about the neglect they are suffering. For example, some of them might have dementia and be unable to talk, while others are too afraid to complain because they will think they will get into trouble.
Look for the following signs of neglect:
- Poor hygiene, including unwashed hair, body odor, and unbrushed teeth
- Untidy rooms, including rooms that haven’t been cleaned or swept
- Weight loss
- Bed sores, no matter how minor
- Unexplained injuries, such as broken bones or bruises
- A resident who wanders away from the nursing home
- Injuries caused by slip and fall
- Few staff members present
Some nursing homes have “visiting hours” during which they are careful to be properly staffed. However, at other hours, staff might be absent or distracted. It is always a good idea to make a surprise visit at an off-hour just to check the staffing situation.
Why Does Neglect Happen? and Who Is to Blame?
There are many reasons why nursing home staff can neglect a resident, including:
- Inadequate staffing—the staff on duty could be stretched to the breaking point
- Staff drug use—high or intoxicated staff will perform their duties poorly
- Improperly trained staff
- Incompetent staff
Both individual staff members and the nursing home can be legally liable for injuries caused by neglect. Typically, the nursing home is responsible for the actions of its employees, but it could also be negligent on its own. For example, the nursing home might not have performed adequate background checks before hiring someone. At Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, we have brought several successful claims against nursing homes.
Contact Us Today
If a loved one was injured in a nursing home, you might feel outraged. This is perfectly understandable. But you need to move quickly to protect your loved one. Please contact one of our Boca Raton nursing home neglect lawyers today.
Our firm offers a free consultation where we can learn more about why you suspect neglect has injured a resident. Please contact us today to get started.