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We passionately represent Florida victims of nursing home abuse

Back in July, we dedicated a post to talking about Florida nursing home abuse and the risk factors associated with it. Sadly, Florida nursing home abuse is a reality that leaves far too many of our elderly loved one's seriously injured and emotionally traumatized. Making these events even more tragic is the fact that, in many instances, they could have been prevented by diligent nursing home facilities and employees. These institutions and their workers should be dedicated to resident safety, but, for whatever reason, there are sometimes lapses that lead to heartbreaking consequences.

What risk factors are associated with nursing home abuse?

Nursing homes serve an important role in our society. As our loved ones age and we become unable to adequately care for them, it is wonderful to find a place where they can receive the care and attention they need and deserve. Tragically, though, as was discussed last week, far too often elderly residents are subjected to neglect. Even those who manage to escape neglect may still be subjected to nursing home abuse, which can be just as harmful, if not more so. Therefore, we all must be diligent and work to end elder abuse and neglect.

Man dies in the heat, nursing home neglect may be to blame

Summer is in full swing, and many Floridians are taking the time to enjoy the sun and the heat. Of course, the sun and the heat are almost always present in southern Florida, which is why so many elderly individuals choose to make their home here. Yet, though many of us know when our bodies have had too much sun and can readily go inside to escape the heat, those older individuals who are in the care of another may not be so fortunate. In fact, one man recently lost his life to what many are claiming is nursing home neglect.

How common are bedsores and how can they affect my loved one?

If you have, or about to, place a loved one in a nursing home, then you know the fear that can be associated with choosing the right residence. Though we hope that all of these institutions and their employees diligently work to keep their residents safe, this is not always the case. Tragically, many of the harmful instances that befall our loved ones are completely preventable and, if left untreated, could be fatal.

Taking legal action when medical care goes beyond consent

A few weeks ago on the blog we discussed battery as it pertains to the medical care setting, particularly surgical errors, and how unwanted treatment can cause significant harm to patients. Unnecessary and unwanted treatments can leave you with a worsened medical condition, including paralysis or even death. However, even if an operation turns out successful, if it is one to which you did not consent, then you may have legal recourse.

What are the different types of elder abuse?

Though this blog spends a lot of time talking about nursing home neglect, elder abuse, both in individual homes and in nursing homes, is also very common and can be just as damaging. Victims of nursing home abuse can suffer tremendously and, unless proactive steps are taken, the abuse may go unnoticed for a significant period of time. Therefore, those who have a loved one in a nursing home facility should be aware of the different types of elder abuse so that they can be sure to prevent or stop it.

Hurt by nursing home neglect? We might be able to help

A couple weeks ago we touched on the issue of resident-on-resident harm in the nursing home context. When one resident attacks another, the result can be serious injuries. Attentive staff, though, should be able to prevent these occurrences from happening. Therefore, if you or a loved one has been injured by a nursing home resident, or have suffered any other type of harm while staying in a nursing home, then you might want to think about your legal rights and whether or not taking legal action is right for you.

Resident-to-resident mistreatment: what is it?

Floridians who wind up in a nursing home should be able to live a happy and healthy life there. In fact, federal regulations give patients certain rights and require institutions to follow strict protocols to ensure resident safe from nursing home neglect and elder abuse. Sadly, though, nursing homes do not always live up to their standard of care. When this happens, residents can suffer serious, life-altering harm and, perhaps, even death. Therefore, it is important to know the types of risk that can be posed in these environments and what can be done if an individual is harmed.

What resources are available to help me choose a nursing home?

If you are a reader of this blog then you are probably well aware of the mishaps that can occur in nursing homes and how they can cause all kinds of injuries and, sometimes, death. Though it is critical to be aware of these dangers and what you can do to take legal action if you or a loved one is injured by nursing home neglect, it is also important for you to consider how you can prevent such a fate from befalling you and your loved ones.

The dangers of nursing home falls

Many things can go wrong in a nursing home. Unauthorized medication may be given to a resident, patients may be subjected to inadequate nutrition, employees may abuse residents and negligent monitoring may leave an individual susceptible to harm. All of these issues can be quite serious, placing innocent and vulnerable individuals in harm's way. Another major problem is nursing home falls, which can easily occur if a patient is not properly watched or given support.

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