Nursing Home Abuse & Nursing Home Neglect
The number of people aged 65 and older (baby boomer generation) will nearly double between 2000 and 2030—that’s one out of every five people. More than 43% of Americans aged 65 and older will have more than a 75% chance of needing some help with daily activities (independent living facility, assisted living facility, nursing home, etc.).
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, more than 30% of all nursing homes in the United States are involved in some form of resident abuse and more than 50% of nursing homes and assisted care facilities are short staffed, with the existing staff being overburdened. Florida law provides a Bill of Rights for nursing home, long-term care, and assisted living residents. To find out how your nursing home, long-term care facility, or assisted living facility rates, visit the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
Here are some of the nursing home neglect cases that our firm handles:
- Ulcers or Open Wounds (including pressure sores, bed sores, ulcers, and infections)
- Medication Errors
- Sub-Standard Care (inadequate supervision)
- Slips & Falls (fractures, spine, or brain injuries)
- Claims Resulting from Dehydration, Malnourishment, Weight Loss, or Other Inadequate Nutrition Issues
- Verbal, Emotional, or Psychological Abuse
- Physical or Sexual Abuse
When a person is injured due to the fault of another, they should not be financially responsible for their medical bills. Depending on how serious the injury was, the medical bills can be very extensive. They should be compensated for their pain and suffering, as well as their lost wages. If any property was damaged, there is no reason that the victim should be responsible for the repairs. After a person is injured due to another person’s negligence, it is very important that they contact a personal injury lawyer.
After an accident, the person at fault will usually contact their insurance company immediately. The insurance company will usually send a representative out to meet with the victim, and offer them a settlement. Because the representative is working for the insurance company, they will be looking out for the insurance company’s best interests, not the victims. The settlement offered at this meeting will usually be way below what the victim is actually entitled to. Because the representative comes out so soon after the injury, often times the victim does not even know yet how long the injures will last, and whether or not it is permanent. When the victim hires a personal injury attorney, they will deal with the insurance company, and fight for the victim so that they get the compensation that they deserve.
We strongly believe that you and your elderly loved one deserve dignity, respect, safety, and the proper care. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to nursing home abuse or neglect, need an experienced and compassionate attorney, and would like to learn more about your legal rights, please contact Baker & Zimmerman online or by calling (954) 509-1900 or toll free at (800) 886-LAWS. We offer free consultations and charge you only if we win your case.