Florida Paralysis Attorney
Safeguarding the Rights of Nursing Home Residents in Florida
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many different forms, from failing to properly monitor and care for a patient to physical abuse, sexual assault and financial fraud. When you place a family member in a nursing home you trust that the facility will properly care for and protect your loved one. It is a sad reality that many nursing homes in Florida and across the country fail to live up to their promises and obligations. When these facilities fail to provide the proper level of care and attention, elderly residents can suffer serious harm and injuries.
At The Florida Law Group, our attorneys are focused on helping the victims of nursing neglect. Reports of careless, reckless and even abusive nursing home staff are far too common on the news. When a client comes to us suspecting that a loved one has been seriously harmed in the nursing home environment, we take aggressive action to hold the facility responsible. Our Florida injury attorneys handle all types of nursing home cases, including cases where the abuse and neglect has resulted in fractures, paralysis and other serious injuries.
Patients Can Suffer Fractures and Spinal Cord Injuries While Under the Care of Nursing Home Staff
Falling incidents are among the most common types of accidents occurring in nursing home environments. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.5 million people aged 65 and older live in nursing homes, and between one-half to three-quarters of these residents suffer falls each year. In about 10 to 20 percent of these falls, residents suffer serious injuries like fractures. While fractures from falls can involve many different types of bones, a fracture of the spinal column can sever the spinal cord causing paralysis. Because elderly patients are often frail and have multiple chronic conditions, nursing home staff must take special care to protect their patients from falls and other accidents.
How Do Paralysis Injuries and Other Fall-Related Accidents Happen in Nursing Homes?
While spinal cord injuries are not a common occurrence in nursing homes environments, paralysis can happen. When healthcare providers are careless or reckless with their care, patients are put at risk for all types of harm. Some examples of neglect and abuse situations that can lead to spinal fractures and paralysis of nursing home patients include:
- Failure to properly assess a patient for falls
- Failure to provide appropriate safeguards to prevent falls
- Failure to respond to patient needs
- Failure to properly monitor and supervise patients
- Mishandling of patients
- Physical abuse of patients
- Slippery floors and other environmental hazards that can lead to slips, trips and falls
- Failure to review medications to identify an increased risk for falls and injuries
- Defective or poorly maintained equipment
- Failure to provide grab bars, raised toilet seats, handrails and other safety equipment
If a Loved One Was Paralyzed in a Nursing Home Incident, Contact the Florida Law Group
If a loved one suffered a broken back or was paralyzed in a fall or any other incident in a nursing home, it is important to talk with an attorney immediately. These types of serious injuries are often caused by careless, reckless and even abusive actions on the part of nursing home staff. When an elderly patient is harmed in a nursing home environment, The Florida Law Group is committed to holding the responsible parties legally accountable. Our firm offers free consultations where you can discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated legal team. Call us today at 833-352-5297 to schedule a meeting with a Florida paralysis attorney.