Speak directly to a West Palm Beach nursing home abuse lawyer today!
I am a West Palm Beach nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer. This means that I am here to help who I consider to be the most vulnerable of our neighbors, friends, and family. It is horrible to hear the stories and see all of the abuse that our dealing with on a daily basis. Part of this has to do with the sheer number of nursing homes that we have in Palm Beach County but it also with some of the lackluster members we have in our society. In just doing a quick Google search, there are over 100 nursing homes and assisted living facilities currently services the needs of our senior citizens. I am here to help those of you who have loved ones that have been failed by their nursing home or assisted living facility.
In a study that was conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) it has been estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse is ever reported. In a different study conducted by The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study showed that only 1 in 24 cases of elder abuse is reported to the authorities.
Often times it is difficult to notice the signs of nursing home abuse. This could be due to the fact that the nursing home or assisted living facility is attempting to disguise these acts or it could be that a person is unaware of what to look out for. There are several things that we can all do in order to stamp out this epidemic of elder abuse. First and foremost is to be vigilant. Ask a lot of questions and look out for the signs that something may not be right. As the saying goes, “If you see something, say something.” Secondly, find an advocate that will be heard and do whatever it takes to make the case visible. Nursing homes charge a lot of money and do not always hire the best staff that has your loved one’s best interest at heart. Often times the best way to change a business’s poor practice is through a financial penalty. As a West Palm Beach nursing home abuse lawyer, I will fight to make sure that the abuse stops and to punish those responsible through the means that often get their attention, in the pocket book.
Elder abuse can come in many different forms. While this is in no means a comprehensive list, the most common types of elder abuse are:
Here are the top signs that you should look for when visiting your loved ones in their nursing home or assisted living facility:
- Broken Glasses or Frames
- Any type of sign that would show the patient was restrained (such as bruises on the wrists)
- The caregiver refusing to allow you to visit the loved one alone
- Failure to regularly take their prescribed medications or overdoses of prescription medications
- Any broken bones, dislocations, or sprains
- Any unexplainable signs of injuries such as welts, scars, and bruises
- Rapid weight loss
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Major infections
- Financial inconsistences
- Wrongful death
Steps to take if you see any signs of nursing home abuse:
The first thing that you should do is to report your concerns immediately to the Florida Department of Health. They can be reached at 1-800-96-Abuse. This line is dedicated to help victims and their families that have been involved in the horrific acts of abuse.
After you have reported the case to the proper authorities it is time to hold the nursing home or assisted living facility responsible for their actions. The State may run a great program but often times it is through financial penalties that people or businesses will change their actions. As an elder abuse lawyer in West Palm Beach, I focus my practice on helping you and your loved ones. We offer a free initial confidential consultation. All of the cases that we take on are done on a contingent fee basis. This means that you do not pay a penny to us. We will only be paid if we are successful in holding the nursing home responsible for their actions.