West Palm Beach Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse Attorney
If you have an elderly relative in a nursing home or residential facility, you should never have to worry about them being harmed due to the carelessness or negligence of the nursing home staff. Unfortunately, instances of abuse and neglect in nursing homes occur more often than they should. At Colson Hicks Eidson, we are here to help if your loved one has been harmed. We handle cases throughout the State of Florida (and nationwide). Let our attorneys handle your West Palm Beach nursing home neglect & abuse case and get to work securing the compensation your family member deserves.
What are the most common types of nursing home abuse and negligence?
Nursing home staff and owners can be held liable for a range of abuses that happen in their facilities. Some of the most common examples of abuse include:
- Physical Abuse: this takes many forms, including slapping, punching, shoving, pushing, burning, or other actions that intentionally cause pain for a resident.
- Sexual Abuse: this, sadly, is another form of physical abuse. It includes any sexual contact between an elderly resident with staff or volunteers at a nursing home.
- Emotional or Psychological Abuse: this form of abuse can be both verbal and non-verbal. It is meant to inflict distress, fear, and mental pain in a nursing home resident and can take the form of property destruction, name-calling, intimidation, isolation, and more.
- Financial abuse: this can occur when the staff has access to the resident’s personal and financial information.
- Neglect: every nursing home resident should have their basic needs met by nursing home staff. This includes food, water, hygiene, clothing, and medical care.
- Failure to Call Emergency Services: when nursing home staff fail to call 911 when an emergency situation arises, they should be held accountable. Incidents occur when nursing homes delay calling 911 in an emergency in order to protect their reputation.
- Poor Supervision: staff must ensure they properly supervise residents according to their needs, particularly residents at heightened risk of slip and fall injuries.
Nursing homes must also follow adequate hiring processes. This includes ensuring they have enough staff members to handle the number of residents as well as not hiring anyone with a history of elder abuse or another serious criminal history.
Signs of nursing home abuse
Friends and family members need to be on the lookout for signs that abuse has happened. This can include:
- Sudden weight loss
- Signs of dehydration
- Unexplained bruises, broken bones, or other injuries
- Unexplained illness or infection
- Personality changes
- Dirty clothing or room conditions
We are here for you and your loved ones
If you suspect that negligence in a nursing home caused your loved one injuries or wrongful death, you should to speak to an attorney who specializes in elder abuse today. At Colson Hicks Eidson, we are known, nationwide, for our work and success in complex personal injury cases. Our team will investigate what happened in your case and work to secure the compensation you and your loved one are entitled to. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to worry about attorney fees unless we are successful in your case. When you need a nursing home neglect & abuse attorney to handle your case in West Palm Beach, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7400.