Elder Neglect Attorneys in Florida
Addressing the Serious Problem of Neglect in Nursing Homes & Care Facilities
As our loved ones grow older, they often confront health problems that require a greater level of care than they — or we — can provide. Perhaps Alzheimer’s or dementia has taken a toll on their mental clarity. Or maybe a broken hip has immobilized them, making it impossible to do daily tasks on their own. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities exist to care for the most vulnerable members of society. They’re supposed to be safe havens for patients.
Schedule a free initial consultation when you call us at (305) 670-2000 today. Our Florida elder neglect lawyers are here to help.
What Is Neglect in a Nursing Home?
- Overworked staff
- Poorly trained, under-qualified, or inexperienced staff
- Insufficient supervision of staff
- Residents who isolate themselves
- Residents isolated by staff members
- Residents who are incapable of or afraid to report neglect
Common Forms of Elder Neglect
- Unsuitable clothing
- Untreated physical problems
- Malnutrition/ dehydration
- Being left unbathed
Injuries Resulting from Neglect
Sadly, some facilities don’t take their responsibilities seriously. They may be more concerned about their own financial success than about their patients’ well-being. As a result, they’re overcrowded and understaffed. Many simply don’t hire the right staff to ensure that residents’ needs are met.
Patients end up suffering consequences that were entirely preventable, including serious injuries and life-threatening complications from:
- PEG tube problems
- Restraints and sedation
- Failure to transfer to a hospital or better-equipped facility
We’ll Take Your Concerns Seriously
At the Florida law firm of Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A., we believe every resident deserves the highest possible quality of care. No patient should have to endure abuse or neglect. No family should have to come to the horrific realization that their loved one was mistreated.
If you have concerns about neglect, we’ll take them seriously. Our lawyers will work with medical experts to conduct a complete investigation. We’ll gather evidence to build a strong case and hold the care facility accountable.
We’re not afraid to stand up against nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and their insurers. Our elder neglect attorneys in Florida have fought these institutions in serious abuse and neglect cases, and we have won millions of dollars on behalf of victims and their families.
Nursing Home Neglect FAQ
Is neglect in a nursing home grounds for a lawsuit?
Yes, neglect in a nursing home can be enough to justify a lawsuit against that nursing home, especially if the neglect causes an elderly resident to suffer a serious physical or mental injury. Liability in such cases is not determined by intention. It is merely based on the end result, i.e., the harm suffered by the claimant or their loved one.
Why does it seem like so many nursing homes are negligent?
There are so many horror stories about nursing homes and assisted living facilities that fail to protect and care for their residents. Why are these so common if nursing homes should be the last place that you’d expect to find wonton neglect? Unfortunately, nursing homes are allowed to self-evaluate their performances and safety protocols before self-reporting their findings to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). It is not a stretch of the imagination to say that some or many of these nursing homes falsify their reports to look better on paper than they are in reality. Indeed, this behavior is almost encouraged because nursing homes that get federal benefits can lose those benefits if they aren’t maintained properly, so dishonest owners lie to keep that funding for as long as they can.
Can neglect really be as dangerous as intentional abuse?
Yes, neglect has the potential to do even more harm than intentional abuse. It all depends on the situation, which is why nursing home abuse and neglect cases must be investigated on a case-by-case basis. For example, neglect can cause a caretaker to forget to give an elderly resident their daily medicine for days or weeks. Depending on what that medicine was meant to do for the elder, it could rapidly create a life-threatening situation.
To find out how we can help give your loved one a voice, please call (305) 670-2000 or reach out to our Miami-based office online. You won’t have to pay anything upfront for experienced legal guidance.