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Staples, Ellis + Associates, P.A.
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How can you know if a loved one suffered abuse in a nursing home?

If your Florida family placed a loved one in a nursing home, it is likely that your decision came only after careful consideration and thoughtful planning. Making this choice is not easy, but it could be the right one for your family. While many nursing home facilities do provide quality care, others do not.

When a nursing home fails to meet a certain standard of care, it could lead to serious injury and illness for residents. If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of substandard care in a nursing home or you have evidence of negligence, you could have the right to move forward with legal action on behalf of your loved one.

Signs that there may be a problem

Sadly, many nursing home abuse or neglect victims do not speak up when they experience wrongdoing at the hands of the people who are supposed to be providing care. You and your family members could be noticing certain signs that may indicate a problem, which may include the following:

  • Appearance of bedsores
  • Unexplained bruises and injuries
  • Acting withdrawn or depressed
  • Experiencing sudden weight loss
  • Showing signs of malnutrition or dehydration
  • Refusing to socialize with residents or speak with staff

In addition to changes you may see in your family member, you could notice certain hazards in the facility that may indicate a risk to your loved one. This includes poor lighting, trip hazards, unclean facilities, dirty surfaces and wet floors.

Any time your loved one is at risk, you have the right to speak out and take action. By acting on behalf of your loved one, you could hold liable parties accountable for the mistreatment, abuse or neglect that he or she experienced. There is no excuse for anything other than quality care for nursing home residents, and victims could have a rightful claim to restitution.

Standing up for your loved one

You may be unsure if your family member actually experienced treatment that could qualify as abuse or neglect, but you have the right to know. Whether you are simply suspicious or you have evidence of wrongdoing, it is prudent to know your options and how you should move forward.

When a nursing home facility or care provider violates the trust you placed in them, you do not have to wonder what to do. You can take quick action to protect your loved one, hold liable parties accountable and make sure it does not happen to anyone else in the future.

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