Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers in Gainesville, FL
Keep your loved ones safe and healthy by reporting nursing home negligence.
No one wants to think about it, but every day in Florida patients are harmed by the effects of nursing home negligence. With the growing population of elderly citizens, Florida has one of the highest nursing home populations in the country. If you have a loved one who is a resident of a nursing home, it’s important that you understand and can identify signs of abuse and neglect so that you can act quickly if you suspect foul-play.
Florida Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Gainesville
The medical malpractice attorneys of Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., are ready and dedicated to protecting your loved ones. If you suspect someone has been injured as a result of negligence, we can help you file a nursing home negligence lawsuit, collect evidence and keep your loved one safe during the process. You must act quickly to ensure the patient’s safety.
Signs of Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing home residents are often more prone to injuries that are not necessarily caused by a pre-existing condition. For residents who cannot move on their own, or those who require assistance to stand or walk, they may be injured from falling, perhaps out of bed, while moving to a wheelchair or walker, or when going to the bathroom. Maybe you’re thinking that it’s a risk many older people are exposed to, whether they reside in an assisted living residence or not, but nursing homes should be staffed adequately so that no resident is left alone for too long.
Common signs of nursing home negligence and abuse can include mood swings, isolation, unexplained bruising, withdrawal, dehydration, malnutrition, bed sores, broken bones, cuts and scrapes, poor personal hygiene, crying and paranoia. It’s important to remember that each person will react differently to various types of neglect, so if you recognize that a loved one is acting in an unusual manner, get help right away.
While a fall on its own does not constitute negligence, it should not be ignored. If a patient has fallen repeatedly, or if several patients who come in contact with the same staff member have fallen, then these instances could be a serious issue. Patients who fall because no one is around to help them are victims of neglect. Nursing home staff members are responsible for the care of their patients, which includes helping them to the bathroom, transferring them from the bed to a chair or wheelchair, and aiding them in walking.
If you suspect a patient, or many patients, have fallen due to being pushed or otherwise mistreated, the physical, emotional and mental well-being of the patient could be at risk.
Bedsores often form on patients who are unable to move their body on their own, including being unable to roll over in bed. These sores form on pressure points where a patient’s weight rests for a long period of time. Additional factors that can facilitate bed sore development include moisture on the skin from soiled clothing, diapers or sheets; dehydration and malnutrition; immobility; and patients remaining in one position for a long period of time. Bed sores can form anywhere on the body, including a patient’s back and sides, shoulder blades, tailbone, elbows and heels.
Patients who are immobile must be turned regularly to avoid putting too much pressure on one area of the body. Repositioning these patients is the easiest way to avoid bed sores, so when a nursing home patient develops these sores, it can be a sign of negligence.
Nursing Home Abuse & Battery
In the State of Florida, improper care of nursing home patients is a real concern. While there are many forms of nursing home negligence and abuse, battery is one form of abuse that should never be tolerated in even the smallest degree.
Nursing home battery can occur through many actions taken against a patient.
- Hitting, punching, slapping or beating
- Kicking, pinching, pushing, dragging or shaking
- Sexual assault, rape or harassment
- Any use of unnecessary force
In the many claims of nursing home negligence and abuse that our law firm has been involved with, we have heard time and time again that working in a nursing home is a stressful job. However, our attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., feel that causes physical harm to a patient is never the right way to vent or relieve stress, and it’s not acceptable to claim that stress caused a worker to injure a patient. If you suspect a nursing home staff member is physically harming a patient, contact our medical malpractice attorneys right away. We will work hard to protect the patient while holding accountable all those responsible.
While battery is a form of abuse, there is also negligence occurring on the part of the facility, manager, supervisor or administration. Nursing homes are expected to provide care for patients, and when that care is compromised by a staff member, nurse or doctor, a supervise should take note and rectify the situation. Sadly, that is not always the case. In nursing homes that are understaffed, abuse and neglect often go unnoticed or undocumented.
Contact a Qualified Attorney Immediately if You Suspect Neglect
Protect your loved ones by contacting an attorney at the first sign of abuse or neglect. The signs of neglect can differ from one patient to the next, and also depends on the type of neglect or abuse that occurs, but if you’ve noticed any of the signs mentioned above, contact our office. Caring for the elderly should be done by loved ones and qualified professionals, and we want to help protect your family and friends. Contact our personal injury attorneys today.