Is Someone You Love A Victim Of Nursing Home Abuse?
Elder abuse and neglect seem to be on the rise not only in Florida, but across the country. The Nursing Home Abuse Care Center estimates that elder abuse and neglect occur in 30 percent of the nation’s nursing facilities. This figure is heartbreaking, especially when you consider the vulnerability of the elderly.
While many who work in nursing home facilities are not engaged in abusing, neglecting or swindling 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.
Gerber Law fights for our 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.
Recognizing Signs Of Nursing Home Neglect
Abuse and neglect may be obvious to family members or other staff members, but they may also manifest in subtler ways. 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 the 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, 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. Call 866-233-4529 (4LAW).
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 take their toll.
The result is that these staff members either neglect their patients or take their frustrations out on their patients. Additionally, skimping on supplies to feed and care for residents to save money is a more common practice than you might care to think.
We Protect Our Most Vulnerable And Cherished People
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 result.
Please contact Gerber Law for an initial free consultation if you would like to know more about nursing home injuries or need to file a nursing home abuse claim. Unlike large companies, we treat our 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. Call today at 866-233-4529 (4LAW).