Nursing Home Negligence

Florida Nursing Home Negligence

Putting the well-being of your parents or loved one in the hands of someone else is extremely difficult. Often, our loved ones are simply unable to care for themselves and need constant supervision and assistance. You have trusted your loved one to a nursing home and you hope they are taking care of them. The reality is, when you are not present, the nursing home and its employees may not be treating your loved one with the decency, care, and respect they deserve. If your loved one has suffered an injury while in the care of a nursing home in Florida, it may have been as a result of negligence. Our FL Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys at the Law Offices of Jason Turchin can help. Call us at (888) 99-VICTIM for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Federal Nursing Home Standards

Federal law regulates the standard of care that must be provided to all residents of a nursing home facility. When these standards are broken, your loved one can become a victim of negligence.

Nursing homes in Florida must:

-Promote an environment that enhances the general quality of life.
-Provide services that maintain or promote the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychological well-being of each resident.
-Require that the medical care of each resident be under the supervision of a physician.
-Have a licensed social worker employed full time is the facility has more than 120 beds.
-Protect and promote the rights of each resident.

The Rights of Each Nursing Home Resident in Florida

Every resident of a nursing home facility in Florida has certain rights guaranteed by Federal law. The nursing home is required to protect and promote these rights.

-The right to choose their physicians
-The right to be fully informed regarding their treatment and plan of care
-The right to participate in the planning of their care and treatment
-The right to be free from physical or mental abuse, corporal punishment, or involuntary seclusion
-The right to be free from any physical or chemical restraints
-The right to privacy
-The right to confidentiality
-The right to voice grievances without any retaliation
-the right to have family meet and visit in the facility
-The right to be involved and participate in groups, religious studies or worship, and community activities
-The right to refuse transfer to another room in the facility

Investigation

According to Federal law, the State of Florida Board of Nursing Administrators is required to investigate all allegations of abuse and neglect that are reported. The State may call the offender(s) to hearing for statements on the record and will then write an opinion on its findings of abuse or neglect.

If you feel your loved one has been the victim of negligence or abuse at the hands of a nursing facility, we will investigate your concerns and pursue a claim against the nursing home. They may be responsible for the injuries and mental pain and anguish that your loved one has suffered. Call our office to discuss your concerns with our Florida Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys at 888-99-VICTIM for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Common Injuries Caused by Negligence

The following injuries are the most common types of injuries that a loved one can suffer from while in the care of a nursing home:

-Bed Sores
-Pressure ulcers
-Falls
-Shower/Tub slip and falls
-Burns
-Physical or sexual abuse
-Choking

Bed Sores

Bed sores are lesions on the skin where the body has had too much pressure for too long of a period. They are most often found on the elbows, knees, feet and shoulders of the elderly and those under nursing home care. The nursing facility is required to plan for the prevention and treatment of bed sores so as to avoid pain, discomfort, and infection of the injuries. If left unattended, bed sores can be extremely painful and get worse over time. Some may require immediate medical attention. If your loved one has bed sores, it may be as a result of negligence on behalf of the nursing facility. Calling our office at 888-99-VICTIM to speak with a Florida Nursing Home Bed Sore Attorney can help determine whether the facility is responsible.

Pressure ulcers

When pressure to the skin reduces the blood flow to that area, the skin can die and form an ulcer. Occasionally, bed sores can turn into pressure ulcers. They often require medical treatment. When in a nursing home, pressure ulcers form from long periods of continuous pressure on a body part. If your loved one has suffered from pressure ulcers while in the care of a nursing home, they may have been the victim of negligence. Please call our office at 888-99-VICTIM for a FREE CONSULTATION with a Florida Personal Injury Attorney.

Falls

Falls are the most common type of cause of injury in a nursing home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1,800 elderly adults in nursing homes die each year as a result of fall related injuries. Those who survive are often left with severe injuries such as head injuries, hip fractures, and/or long term or permanent disability. Environmental hazards such as wet floors, improper bed height, improper lighting are the cause of approximately 16% to 27% of all falls in nursing homes. Even more are as a result of lack of supervision. A standard nursing home with around 100 beds report approximately 100 to 200 falls a year. Many falls go unreported. If your loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a fall in a nursing home in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, Hollywood, Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Orlando, Fort Myers, Naples, Winterhaven, or anywhere else in Florida, please give our office a call at 888-99-VICTIM for a FREE CONSULTATION with a Nursing Home Fall Accident Attorney.

Bathtub and Shower Slip and Falls

Falling becomes even more dangerous when it happens in a shower or tub. Nursing homes are required to accurately evaluate a resident’s functional capacity. Your loved one should not be showering or bathing themselves if they are at risk for serious injury. If your loved one has sustained a slip and fall while bathing alone or unassisted, the nursing home may be at fault. Call our office for a FREE CONSULTATION at (888) 99-VICTIM and speak with an experienced Slip and Fall Attorney in Florida.

Hip Fractures

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90% of all hip fractures among adults over 65 are as a result of a fall. Hip fractures are one of the most serious injuries an elderly person can suffer from. A large portion of deaths from fall injuries are due to complications with hip fractures. If your loved one has sustained a hip fracture while in the care of a nursing home, they may have been the victim of negligence. The long term effects can be devastating. The nursing home may be responsible for the injury. Please call our office for a FREE CONSULTATION with a Florida Nursing Home Fall Attorney at (888) 99-VICTIM.

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