FAQ: Nursing Home Abuse

How Prevalent Is Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

Although it is required by law that nursing homes maintain the “highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident,” each year hundreds of our elderly or disabled nursing home residents become victims of abuse and/or neglect.

What Are the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
Common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect include:

  • Untreated bedsores
  • Open wounds, cuts, bruises or welts
  • Torn clothing or broken personal items
  • Bruises in a pattern that would suggest restraints
  • Excessive and sudden weight loss
  • Fleas, lice, dirt on elder or in the elder’s room
  • Abnormally pale complexion
  • Fecal/urine odors
  • Poor personal hygiene or other unattended health problems

What Can I Do if I Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?

Because your loved one’s safety is at risk, if you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, the matter should be investigated immediately. Take notes of everything you’ve seen. Take pictures of bruises or other evidence that’s related to the abuse or neglect. Then contact our Florida nursing home abuse lawyers immediately.

How Long Does it Take for a Nursing Home Abuse Case to Be Settled or For a Verdict to Be Issued?

Most nursing home abuse cases are settled prior to trial, while others are settled during litigation. A nursing home abuse and neglect case, if litigated to trial, could last a few years. If you’re pursuing a nursing home abuse and neglect case, you should understand that our nursing home abuse attorneys cannot guarantee a quick resolution. However, we will fight hard to get justice for the victim.

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