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Negligence and causation in nursing home abuse cases

A properly run, caring nursing home can make a huge difference in an elderly loved one's life while at the same time putting that individual's loved ones at ease. Although regulations have been implemented to ensure patient safety, many Florida nursing homes still fail to properly care for their residents. Sometimes nursing home residents are harmed by neglect, such as inadequate nutrition,failure to supervise or medication errors, but other time injuries and death are caused by nursing home abuse.

Important facts about nursing home abuse and its signs

One of the most difficult decisions Floridians have to make is when to place an elderly or infirm loved one in a nursing care facility. There can be a number of reasons for this ranging from practical to financial. The care at the facility is expected to adhere to the proper standards. Unfortunately, some facilities do not care for the patients and residents properly and elder abuse, nursing home neglect and other transgressions can occur. Knowing how to recognize this and what to do is important to put a stop to it.

What Florida families should weigh when picking a nursing home

The decision to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home can be tough. Ideally, families in Broward County would have the opportunity to have more than sufficient time to make the decision of which nursing home a relative should be placed in. Life doesn't always work out this way, however, and family members sometimes must make the big decision in a bit of a time crunch. What factors should loved ones take into account when choosing a nursing home?

Poor treatment can make bedsores worse

Elderly individuals in Florida may need the assistance of a nursing home to receive the medical attention and day-to-day help they need. These residences should be staffed by skilled and knowledgeable personnel who can identify and appropriately react to health concerns. This includes the onset of a medical condition, a failure to be administered medication and improper supervision. Unfortunately, though, sometimes these professionals neglect their duties and fail to put a stop to injurious acts or lack of action.

Years of experience helping victims of nursing home neglect

A well-run nursing home can be a great support for an elderly loved one and his or her family. They can provide adequate attention, nutrition and medical care, ensuring that the elderly resident is healthy and safe. Tragically, though, sometimes nursing home staff act negligently, putting residents in harm's way. These incidences can result in serious damages, including physical pain and suffering and medical expenses. In the worst cases, nursing home neglect results in death.

Care plans and assessments should prevent nursing home injuries

The nursing home industry is heavily regulated, and for good reason. After all, these institutions are tasked with caring for one of our country's most vulnerable populations. Many of the laws and regulations in this area are aimed at ensuring nursing home resident safety. Although it is hoped that all nursing home employees and owners will abide by these rules, this is not always the case. Therefore, it often falls on residents and their families to know the rules, nursing home neglect law and how to act to protect their rights.

Serving as the voice of Florida's victims of nursing home neglect

A few weeks ago on this blog we discussed arbitration and how it can come into play when nursing home neglect occurs. Arbitration can be a way to resolve disputes without taking a matter to court, but this doesn't mean that the process isn't adversarial. Those who are forced to arbitrate their claims due to clauses in their contract with a nursing home will still be able to put forth evidence in an attempt to convince the arbitrator that negligence caused their harm and they should be compensated for said harm.

Nursing home neglect and arbitration

Those who have placed an elderly loved one in a nursing home know that the process can seem very formal. Most significantly, individuals are often asked to sign a contract. While these agreements spell out the services that will be provided and the payments to be made for such services, there may be other clauses hidden deep in the text that could have a significant impact on an individual's ability to take legal action against a negligent nursing home.

What do I do if injured by nursing home abuse?

Nursing homes carry a massive responsibility. In exchange for payment, these institutions are tasked with providing adequate care for our beloved elderly ones. This includes providing them with proper nutrition, sufficient supervision and accurately administering medication. This may sound simple enough, but, tragically, many nursing homes even fail to protect their residents from physical harm at the hands of their employees. 

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