Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Cases
Every day, many elderly men and women are admitted into nursing homes for long term care in Florida. A large part of the nursing home population in Florida is entirely dependent upon the staff of the nursing home for their basic daily needs. In some instances, residents are childlike in their needs and are unable to care for themselves or report neglect. Although there are many programs in place to monitor nursing home care, many residents are denied dignified care and an increasing number are subjected to neglect and abuse. Nursing home residents depend on family and loved ones to report violations of resident’s rights to reasonable care and treatment. When a patient’s rights are violated, the law office of The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A. is there to protect those rights. Calling (954) 951-3351 for a free consultation is your first step toward recovering for any injuries resulting from Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect.
The State of Florida has particular statutes or laws that are designed to protect nursing home residents. The essential rights are what one, based upon common sense, would expect. Residents have the right to be free from mental and physical abuse, and they are entitled to expect that they will receive adequate medical care and treatment, rehabilitative care, privacy, and a dignified, reasonable opportunity for the making of medical decisions. Further, their property is also to be protected, including, but not limited to all financial accounts.
As one would expect, it is the goal of most nursing homes or long term care facilities to protect and care for their elderly residents. However, an alarmingly increasing number of facilities are following a trend in which they are allowing harmful business decisions to create an impersonal atmosphere which endangers the lives of the residents. We believe that care for elderly patients requires an understanding of the particular needs of individual residents, and a meticulous, comprehension of scheduled meals, medications, treatments, therapies, personal hygiene, exercises, social activities and particular cognitive or mental needs.
Sometimes the abuse or neglect by these Florida facilities manifests itself in visible signs, such as bruising and fractures. Those signs are evident, and easy to detect. However, other forms, such as the failure to timely or properly administer medications, failure to ensure proper nutrition, failure to monitor residents for bedsores, and failure to listen to residents’ needs are more difficult to detect. Nonetheless, the effects or consequences can be devastating and, in some cases, deadly.
When a nursing home or other such facility, such as a hospital, fails to provide reasonable care and treatment in a dignified manner, regardless of the reason, the failure needs to be reported immediately to the proper state agencies such as the Florida Department of Health and the Department of Elder Affairs. That failure also gives rise to a cause of action which the law office of The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A. can advance on your behalf. It is important to understand that if the treatment or lack of care injures the resident or diminishes the resident’s quality of life, the responsible facility may be held liable under Florida law.
If you suspect someone is receiving substandard care or treatment at a nursing home, hospital, or other similar facility in Florida, contact the law office of The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A. at (954) 951-3351 for your free consultation to discuss all options that are available to you to redress these wrongful acts.