Florida Elder Abuse Attorney
Physical Abuse of Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Residents
Deciding to place a loved one in a nursing home is often one of the most difficult decisions that a family has to make. Unfortunately, when a family member’s physical or mental health rapidly deteriorates or a loved one needs extended care after surgery, most people are forced to make a choice on nursing home placement in a very short period of time. While most long-term care facilities strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment, reports of nursing home abuse and neglect are alarmingly high, both in Florida and across the nation. These incidents involve all kinds of abuse and neglect, with some of the most disturbing reports revealing physical abuse of elderly and disabled residents.
The Florida Law Group appreciates just how hard these ordeals can be for both nursing home patients and their families. Our lawyers fully understand the strong feelings of anger and mistrust that our clients have towards the facility and its caregivers. When you work with us, you can trust that a caring Florida elder abuse attorney will help you and your family get the support and compensation you need to begin the healing process.
Physical Nursing Home Abuse
Physical abuse involves a purposeful or intentional act that causes a resident to suffer injuries and harm– such as hitting, shoving, slapping, pushing, pinching or punching. While most physical abuse is committed by nursing home caregivers, residents can also be abused by other residents, visiting family members and other individuals the resident has contact with.
The inappropriate use of restraints is also another form of physical abuse. Although strict regulations govern the use of restraints in a nursing home and other long-term care environments, misuse of restraints is still a common type of abuse. When nursing home staff use restraints just for convenience or to punish a resident, rather than for an appropriate medical reason, residents can suffer serious wrist, hand, leg, and other injuries by trying to free themselves from the constraints. Patients who are restrained for a long period of time can also suffer muscle atrophy, poor coordination, a decrease in physical functioning, depression and other medical conditions. The Florida Law Group can help you and your family recover from any damages suffered by physical abuse inflicted on a resident in a nursing home.
Signs that a Loved One May be Suffering Abuse in a Nursing Facility
While nursing home abuse and neglect is not always easy to detect, residents who have been physically abused often show certain physical signs, including:
- Cuts, scratches, and bruises
- Broken bones, sprains and dislocated joints
- Abrasion injuries from straps or ropes
- Cigarette burns, scalding burns, and other burns
- Internal injuries
- Bed Sores
- Hair loss
- Tooth loss
- Sudden and/or unexplained changes in weight
- Poor personal hygiene
Residents who have been subjected to physical elder abuse may also exhibit certain behavioral signs of abuse, such as emotional withdrawal, mood swings, depression, fear around a staff, or agitation.
Suspect Physical Abuse? Talk with a Florida Elder Abuse Attorney
If you suspect that a family member has suffered physical abuse in a nursing facility, the most important thing you can do is to make sure that your loved one is safe from the risk of future abuse. You should also talk with a Florida elder abuse attorney who can explain the legal options available to you and your family. At The Florida Law Group we are committed to helping people who have been victimized by nursing home abuse and neglect. Our lawyers will answer your questions and guide you through every step of the process. We understand just how devastating these cases can be and will do everything we can to ensure that you receive just compensation for the harms you and your loved one have suffered. Call us today at today at 833-352-5297, or fill out our online form for a free case evaluation.