Nursing Home Abuse
Hollywood Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys | Miami Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
Reported instances of nursing home abuse have been on the rise in the U.S. in recent years. There are over 200,000 complaints filed against nursing care facilities each year regarding resident rights, quality of life, and nursing care. Unfortunately, most instances of nursing home abuse and neglect still go unreported. In fact, in a 1998 study, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) concluded that reported cases of elder abuse are only the “tip of the iceberg,” estimating the actual incidence of elder abuse in the nation to be five times the reported number of cases. In addition to upholding residents rights and providing minimum standards of care, all nursing homes are also required to maintain their facilities to provide a clean, safe, and healthy environment for residents. Federal investigations revealed, however, that 94% of nursing homes in the U.S. had violated federal health and safety standards in 2008. The following are just some of the warning signs that your family member may have been abused or neglected at a nursing care facility:
- Bruises, cuts, or burns that your loved one cannot explain
- Fractures or broken bones
- Venereal disease, genital infections, or stained undergarments
- Poor hygiene
- Changes in behavior or violent outbursts
- Sudden weight loss
- Medication errors
- Limitations on visiting hours / staff always present during family visits
- Missing personal belongings
- Unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts
- Sudden changes to a will or transfer of title to property
Elder abuse is inexcusable. If you suspect your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse or neglect, the proper authorities must be notified and the wrongdoers need to be held accountable. The only way to stop elder abuse is to confront the abusers and hold them responsible for their actions. The personal injury attorneys at David W. Singer & Associates, P.A. have successfully handled nursing home abuse cases throughout the state of Florida. Call 1-800-ASK-FREE for a free consultation with an experienced, compassionate nursing home abuse lawyer. For more information on Hollywood nursing home abuse cases, visit our resource center.
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