Nursing Home Abuse
There is no more shame than when our elderly are injured, or even killed, by abuse and neglect in a nursing home. You trust your loved ones to the care of facilities that cut corners in order to save money. At the Law Office of Steve Watrel, P.A. we have represented residents and their families in numerous cases of Nursing Home Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect. We fight hard when it comes to your loved ones. Click the links below to learn more about the signs and causes of:
Nursing Home Abuse is not always reported. Learn to look out for the signs to protect your loved ones:
- Untimely or unexplained death
- Unexpected falls
- Head injuries, Broken Bones or Sprains
- Bruises or Burns
- Cuts or Abrasions
- Bedsores or skin breakdown
These signs can sometimes imply abuse by nursing staff and can be caused by:
Unnecessary Use of Restraints
There are two kinds of restraints: physical and chemical. Physical restraints prevent a person from moving by tying them to a fixed object. Chemical restraints are drugs intended to control a person’s behavior. The use of restraints must be medically necessary and ordered by a physician. The use of a restraint for staff convenience is against the law.
Nursing assistants provide most of the hands-on caregiving in nursing homes. Find out how many nursing assistants there are on each shift and compare that to the number of residents they are responsible for. If the ratio is more than 9 residents per assistant, make sure you visit to see if the resident’s needs are being met. Even if the ratio is less than 9 residents per assistant, check to see if the assistants can handle the workload, especially if there are many high maintenance residents at the facility.
Inadequate Screening and Training
Nursing assistants have been responsible for a great deal of the abuse in nursing homes. Much of which is the result of inadequate screening and training. Elderly residents are susceptible to abuse. This requires nursing homes to screen their staff and train them in the proper handling of residents.
Nursing Home Links
- Agency for Health Care Administration
- American Medical Association
- Journals of the American Medical Association (AMA)
- License information on health care providers in Florida
- Malpractice Search of Florida Health Providers
- The Florida Institute For Neurologic Rehabilitation
- University of Georgia’s Journal Locator
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury, or worse, at a nursing home and needs a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer, contact us today to set up a free consultation. There is no obligation.
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