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Florida Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Tens of thousands of families in Florida depend on nursing homes and long-term care facilities to keep their loved ones safe and well-cared for. It’s an unfortunate fact, however, that reports of elder abuse occurring in these facilities is on the rise. At Dennis Hernandez &Associates, P.A., our attorneys have seen first-hand how devastating abuse and neglect can be to both victims and their families, and we are here to help.

Florida Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

The lawyers at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A. can help you navigate the complex process of pursuing an elderly abuse or neglect claim. While no amount of money can erase the emotional damage such abuse can cause, you may be entitled to compensation that will help cover expenses related to your case. Contact us 24/7 on the phone or online.

Florida Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

What are some of the signs of nursing home abuse or neglect?

Researchers believe that instances of abuse and neglect are underreported, so it’s important for the family members or legal representatives of nursing home or long-term care facility residents to know the signs of a problem. You should be concerned if your loved one:

  • Has unexplained cuts, scratches, welts or bruises
  • Refuses to take medication
  • Refuses to eat or drink
  • Appears to be unclean or the surroundings are unsanitary
  • Doesn’t want to be alone with a particular nursing home employee
  • Doesn’t want to speak when staff members are present
  • Has bed sores or any sores that won’t heal
  • Has unexplained weight loss
  • Stops speaking
  • Appears to be dehydrated
  • Appears to be heavily sedated or medicated
  • Has a change in his or her mental state, including new anxiety or depression

What are some of the factors that can lead to neglect or abuse?

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (part of the National Institutes of Health), there has not been a great deal of research into the causes of abuse and neglect in residential long-term care facilities; there is however, “remarkable consensus” among surveys and studies on three factors:

  • Staffing shortages and mandatory overtime, which contribute to staff burnout
  • Stressful work situations
  • Inadequate training for staff on how to handle difficult behavior such as residents’ aggression

What should I do if I suspect nursing home abuse or neglect?

The most important thing is to act promptly. Florida has a statute of limitations on reporting incidents of nursing home abuse, requiring reports to be made within two years of the occurrence.

You can report nursing home abuse online to The Florida Department of Children and Families’ Adult Protective Services division or call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873. After your report of the incident, an investigation may be initiated.

You may also file a criminal complaint if you believe laws have been broken and/or file a lawsuit. Contact Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with one of our lawyers.

Who regulates nursing homes in Florida?

Federal and state authorities regulate nursing homes and long-term care facilities. In our state, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health are responsible for nursing home regulation; at the federal level, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid are responsible.

How can a personal injury lawyer help with a nursing home abuse case?

Experienced personal injury attorneys are well-versed in a wide variety of cases in which their clients have suffered harm or injuries, including nursing home abuse and neglect. As with any type of case, the lawyers at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A. will aggressively work to ensure you and your loved one’s legal rights are protected. We will carefully prepare your case, collect records as necessary, conduct witness interviews, negotiate with opposing counsel and insurance companies on your behalf, and much more.

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