Nursing Home Abuse / Neglect
As loved ones grow older, several families in Florida trust nursing homes to care for their elderly relatives. Unfortunately, many of these facilities are understaffed and several more employ abusive workers. As a result, there are a multitude of cases involving nursing home abuse or neglect every year—and even then, there are countless cases that are never reported.
Senior citizens do not always make their relatives aware of these issues. Either because they are ashamed, embarrassed, or traumatized by these experienced, victims of neglect or abuse stay silent far too often. Concerned family members should recognize the signs of these nursing home problems and know what their legal rights are in protecting loved ones.
Delray Beach Nursing Home Abuse / Neglect Lawyer
If somebody you care about has been the victim of abuse or neglect in a Florida nursing home, you should contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Drew McLaughlin and Jeffrey Morris are dedicated advocates for nursing home neglect and abuse victims all over the greater Delray Beach area.
McLaughlin Morris, P.A. represents clients in Broward County, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach County. You can discuss your case with our firm when you call (561) 404-0529 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
South Florida Nursing Home Abuse / Neglect Overview
What are signs of physical abuse or neglect?
How do nursing homes emotionally or verbally neglect or abuse patients?
What are some ways that the elderly can be victims of financial abuse or neglect?
Where can I learn more about neglect and abuse in nursing homes?
Back to top
Physical Nursing Home Abuse / Neglect in Palm Beach County
Physical abuse can involve physical force or violence against the elderly. It may be a single incident or a series of repeated occurrences. Some examples of physical abuse or neglect in nursing homes include, but are not limited to:
Lack of food or water
Overmedication or other improper prescription drug use
Inappropriate physical restraint
Family members should look for behavioral or physical signs of this kind of abuse, which may include such indications as:
Abrasions on wrists
Bloody or torn clothing
Broken bones, sprains, fractures, or dislocations
Bruises or bleeding in genital areas
Dehydration or malnutrition
Unexplained bruises, burns, or cuts
Back to top
Emotional or Verbal Nursing Home Abuse / Neglect in South Florida
Nursing home staff does not need to use physical force to abuse elderly residents. Caregivers or other employees can cause tremendous emotional damage with their attitudes and by making dehumanizing statements. Some of the types of verbal or emotional neglect or abuse in nursing homes include:
Belittling the patient
Calling patient derogatory names
Criticizing the patient
Ignoring or isolating the patient
Insulting the patient
Threatening the patient
Yelling at patient
Signs of emotional or verbal abuse or neglect can be harder to identify because they are less obvious than indicators that a patient has been physically abused. However, some common red flags that a loved one may be the victim of this type of neglect or abuse include:
Improper administration of medications
Pressure ulcers (bed sores)
Rapid weight loss
Social withdrawal or isolation
Soiled bed linens or clothing
Unsanitary living conditions
Back to top
Financial Nursing Home Abuse / Neglect in Delray Beach
Family members need to be especially mindful of their loved one’s personal finances. Some nursing home employees may engage in any number of activities to defraud patients, including:
Cashing checks without the patient’s consent
Charging patient for unnecessary services
Forcing or deceiving patient to sign financial documents against their will
Forging a patient’s signature
Making late payments or failing to pay bills
Making unauthorized withdrawals or bank transfers
Misappropriating funds, property, or other assets
Stealing the patient’s identity
Using the patient’s money or property for their own benefit
Using a patient’s ATM or credit card without authorization
There can be several signs of possible financial elder abuse that should be cause for concern. A few possible indications that your loved one may be a victim of financial abuse or neglect include:
Sudden modifications to a patient’s will, power of attorney, or other legal documents
Unauthorized use of patient’s ATM card
Unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts
Checks frequently written to particular individual
Missing personal belongings
Patient no longer wants to talk about routine financial matters
Additional names on patient’s accounts or bank cards
Back to top
South Florida Nursing Home Abuse / Neglect Resources
Adult Protective Services — This Florida Department of Children and Families program protects vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The website contains links to Florida policies and statutes, in-home community services, and publications and reports.
111 South Sapodilla Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) — The FHCA represents more than 1,000 members and more than 500 facilities that provide nursing, rehabilitation, assisted living and other services to the elderly and individuals with disabilities in Florida. The website has information about elder care in Florida, conversations about care, and a calendar of events.
Assisted Living Facilities and Senior Housing – Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) — The Elder Housing Unit provides information and technical assistance to elderly people about affordable housing and assisted living choices. You can find information about assisted living facilities, adult family care homes, and adult day care centers as well as answers to frequently asked questions about DOEA programs and how to apply for services.
Back to top
Find the Best Nursing Home Abuse / Neglect Lawyer in Palm Beach County
Drew McLaughlin and Jeffrey Morris understand the overwhelming stress family members feel when their loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse. We fully investigate these cases, file reports with the proper authorities, and file lawsuits against all negligent parties.
McLaughlin Morris, P.A. help clients in such communities as Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach, and many other locations in South Florida obtain the compensation that they and their loved ones deserve. Call (561) 404-0529 to discuss your case with our firm during a free legal consultation.