Victim of Nursing Home Abuse?

Sarasota Injury Attorney Maria Gerber Can Help You Find Justice

nursing home injuriesElder abuse and neglect seems to be on the rise not only in Florida but also across the country. The Nursing Home Abuse Care Center estimates that elder abuse and neglect occurs in 30 percent of the nation's nursing facilities. This figure is heartbreaking, especially when you consider the vulnerability of the elderly. While there are many who work in nursing home facilities who are not engaged in abusing, neglecting or swindling the patients and residents, some nursing home workers are aware of these practices and do nothing to stop them. They may be equally to blame for letting this kind of behavior continue.

Maria Gerber fights for her clients to hold liable every individual and entity in the chain of command who is responsible for your loved one's injuries. Accountability and compassion are essential components of quality representation, and Gerber Law wants justice for you and your beloved elder family member. Florida is a popular destination for retirees, and around 20 percent of Florida's population is over 65 years old.

As Florida's population continues to age, more families face the difficult decision of whether to place their elderly family members in nursing homes. Sarasota personal injury lawyer Maria Gerber of Gerber Law knows, and most people will agree, that those in their twilight years deserve a trained nursing home staff that will treat them with dignity, respect and care. Sadly, many elderly people do not receive the care they need and may suffer abuse or neglect at the hands of the nursing home staff members who are supposed to nurture and protect them. If you or someone you love have been injured as a result of nursing home abuse you need the personal, yet aggressive representation Maria Gerber can provide.

Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse may be physical or mental. Mental abuse includes emotional and psychological torture, such as intimidation and threats to the patients. Physical abuse includes:

  • Assault and battery
  • Physical and chemical restraint
  • Sexual abuse
  • Food or water deprivation
  • Denial of medication or personal care or hygiene
  • Lack of supervision

Whether the abuse is physical or mental, abused nursing home residents live in a constant state of fear. Gerber Law is committed to fighting these horrors and protecting your beloved parents and grandparents.

Nursing Home Neglect

Any type of insufficient care for nursing home residents by nursing home staff is neglect. Failing to clean residents thoroughly, failing to supervise patients with mental issues like dementia, failing to provide proper and timely medical treatment or failing to give the bedridden a stimulating environment are all examples of neglect. Failure to act can be just as damaging as active abuse; in a nursing home environment, caregiver laziness can lead to sickness, injury or even death.

Symptoms and Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Abuse and neglect may be obvious to family members or other staff, but it may also manifest in more subtle ways. Some things to watch for when you are visiting with an elderly family member:

  • Improper care of bedsores
  • Unexplained burns, bruises, cuts, fractures, or sprains
  • Dirty, torn, soiled or stained underclothes
  • Frozen joints
  • Health problems that don't seem to improve
  • Poor hygiene
  • Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases, infections, or bleeding
  • Odors of feces or urine
  • Dirt, lice, fleas and signs of other vermin on clothing or in room
  • Personal items broken or missing
  • Large monetary withdrawals from bank accounts
  • Changes in wills, trusts, estates and other documents
  • Sudden behavioral changes
  • Improper patient observation

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms in the nursing home or on your family member, contact Sarasota injury attorney Maria Gerber at Gerber Law immediately for a FREE consultation. Do not wait until an already unbearable situation spirals down further.

Reasons for Nursing Home Injuries

Members of the nursing home industry always seem to have an excuse for patient and resident injuries. Nursing home staff members are overworked and underpaid, and the stress and fatigue of watching over too many patients takes its toll. The result is that these staff members either neglect their patients or take their frustrations out on their patients. The nursing home facility is more interested in its bottom line â why pay more money for extra staff or better training? Additionally, skimping on supplies to feed and care for residents to save money is a more common practice than you might care to think.

It may be difficult to prove your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse or neglect. However, Gerber Law will make sure that the authorities properly investigate your claim and will help bring the guilty parties to justice. Criminal punishment and financial compensation may be the end result.

Please contact Gerber Law for an initial FREE consultation if you would like to know more about nursing home injuries or if you need to file a nursing home abuse claim. Unlike large companies, Ms. Gerber treats her clients in a personal and caring way. You will always work directly with an attorney. With offices in Sarasota and Venice, Florida, Gerber Law serves the southwest coast of Florida.