Bradenton Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
According to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, there were 695 skilled nursing facilities across the state in 2018. Florida’s senior population makes up a significant portion of the state’s overall population. These are parents and grandparents who have taken care of the younger generations for years and many of them now need care themselves. If an elderly loved one has health complications or can no longer manage daily activities alone, a nursing home may be the ideal living situation for them. However, not all of the nursing homes in Florida have the same level of care and in some cases, seniors in nursing home facilities are even abused or neglected, which can cause long-term medical and emotional trauma. If you suspect your loved one is not getting the care they deserve while in a long-term care facility, you need to speak with a Bradenton nursing home abuse attorney at Hale Law.
What Qualifies as Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?
According to NursingHomeAbuseGuide.org, one out of every three nursing home residents has reported that they have experienced abuse and those who experience abuse have a 300 percent increased risk of death as a result.
- Physical mistreatment – This is when a resident is shoved, slapped, pushed, or in any other manner physically abused. This can lead to broken bones, spinal injuries, lacerations, internal bleeding, and worse.
- Psychological Abuse – If a caretaker isolates a resident from social activities as a way to signal power and gain control, that is a sign of psychological abuse. Other signs include threatening to withhold care such as food or water, or giving the resident the silent treatment.
- Verbal Abuse – Insulting the resident, calling them names, yelling at them, or threatening them are all signs of verbal abuse. While there is no physical trauma to the body, verbal abuse can cause emotional distress which leads to a general decline in the resident’s overall health and well-being.
- Sexual Abuse – Whether it is engaging in sexual intercourse or taking compromising photos of a resident, any unwanted sexual touch or advances are considered sexual abuse.
- Neglect – Sometimes it is the lack of care that is a problem. If a resident is not getting adequate care they can become malnourished, fall from trying to get places on their own, miss medications, get bedsores, and more. The nursing facility has a legal responsibility to care for all of the residents, so being understaffed is not an excuse for neglect.
The Bradenton Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys at Hale Law Can Represent You
Seeking financial compensation in a nursing home abuse case can allow the nursing home resident to move into a new facility, seek the medical treatment they need for any injuries, and therapy for any ongoing emotional distress caused by the abuse. To begin the process of filing a nursing home abuse claim, or to simply get more of your questions answered, reach out to the skilled Bradenton nursing home abuse attorneys at Hale Law, P.A. Call 941-735-4529 to schedule a free consultation with one of the dedicated members of our legal team.