Florida Elder Abuse Lawyers Protecting Nursing Home Patients
Even though no one ever likes to think about a parent, grandparent or other loved one being harmed in a nursing home, elder abuse is a serious and underreported problem in our nation’s long-term care facilities. While elder abuse can take different forms, physical assault and battery is one of the most troubling and alarming types of abuse that can take place in a nursing home environment. Nursing home staff are most often the perpetrators of assault and battery, but residents can also be harmed by fellow patients, family members, and other individuals that come into the facility.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of physical abuse in a long-term care environment, you need to discuss your case with an attorney experienced in handling abuse and neglect cases. The Florida elder abuse lawyers at our firm understand just how disturbing these cases can be and we will do everything we can to ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions.
What is Assault and Battery in Nursing Homes?
In the state of Florida, assault generally refers to the intentional, unlawful threat of violence against someone that creates a well-founded fear in such person that the violence is imminent. A battery is the actual and intentional unwanted touching of another that typically causes bodily injury. In a nursing home environment, assault and battery against a resident can take many different forms, including:
- Improper use of restraints or confinement
- Rape and sexual assault
Warning Signs of Physical Abuse
Unfortunately, physical assault and battery of nursing home residents is often hard to detect and can be easily hidden by staff. Oftentimes, caregivers will try to explain away signs of abuse as being due to the resident’s medical condition, frailty or mental deterioration. While assault and battery are not always easy to recognize, if you are concerned about potential abuse, there are some warning signs that you should be on the lookout for:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts and scars
- Broken bones
- Dislocations and sprains
- Rope marks and other signs of being restrained
- Reluctance to talk when staff is in the room
- Sudden or unusual changes in behavior
- Wanting to be isolated from other residents
- Staff refusing to allow the resident to see family members and other visitors
- Unexplained death
Suspect Assault and Battery a Nursing Home? Call The Florida Law Group
If you believe that a loved one has suffered an assault or battery in a nursing home environment, our Florida elder abuse lawyers can help you seek the justice you deserve. We are caring and compassionate professionals who will aggressively pursue a recovery for the harm and suffering you and your loved one have endured. Call us today at 833-352-5297 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team.