Across the U.S., there were 15,600 nursing homes housing approximately 1.3 million elderly residents as of 2015, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics. When you selected a Boca Raton nursing home for your elderly loved one, you chose one you believed you could rely on to provide your parent or spouse with the care and attention their age and medical condition required.
If your elderly loved one became the victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, you might have the right to file a compensation claim for nursing home abuse or neglect. Unexplained bruises can be a symptom of nursing home abuse. If you notice them on your family member, get medical attention right away, and then contact the case review team at a local law firm.
When you suspect your loved one’s nursing home of abuse, a Boca Raton bruises lawyer may be able to help you prove the abuse took place, assign financial liability to the at-fault nursing home, and negotiate a favorable financial settlement on behalf of your loved one. Contact the nursing home abuse team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling (800) 747-3733 today.
Report Your Loved One’s Bruises Immediately
As soon as possible, seek medical attention to have the unexplained bruises on your elderly loved one medically examined and treated. According to MedlinePlus, bruises are the result of bleeding under the skin and often result from injuries that do not break the skin.
Your elderly loved one could potentially suffer from three different types of bruises:
- Skin bruises
- Muscle bruises
- Bone bruises
Bruises are dangerous because they can fade over several weeks, persist for many months, or even become infected. If your elderly loved one has one or more or chronic unexplained bruising, seek immediate medical attention, and then call a member of our law firm. Our team members might be able to help you get to the bottom of the cause of your loved one’s current bruising.
We Might Be Able To Help You Conduct a Thorough Investigation
Finding out your loved one was abused can be a shocking and distressing situation. In many cases, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA) research, the elderly might hide their abuse even from loving family members. In addition to unexplained bruises, signs of abuse you should look for include:
- Disinterest in previously enjoyed in activities
- Dirty, sloppy, or unkempt appearance
- Sleep disturbances
- Hair or weight loss
- Personality changes
- Signs of physical restraint
If you notice one or more of these symptoms when visiting your elderly loved one in their Boca Raton nursing home, contact a healthcare professional right away. While their medical needs are being met, contact a member of our nursing home abuse team without delay.
Because the state of Florida generally limits the time you have to file a compensation lawsuit to two years, according to Florida Statutes §400.0236, the sooner you contact our team, the more time we have to take action on your behalf. When our nursing home abuse team represents your compensation claim, we make sure we comply with the statute of limitations.
Get Copies of Your Loved One’s Medical Records
When your loved one resides in a Boca Raton nursing home, the nursing home may have their own set of medical records related to your loved one. Their regular physician and the hospital where you take them for treatment will also have their own sets of medical records. Obtain copies of all medical records that will help your lawyer determine the quality of care your loved one received. We might also request:
- Incident and accident reports
- Staff notes in journals
- Witness statements and testimonies
- Pictures of your loved one’s injuries
Comply with all requests for information from your Boca Raton bruises lawyer as soon as possible. If you need help obtaining any of the evidence and documents we require, let a member of our client care team know as soon as possible. When you are ready to explore financial recovery for your elderly loved one due to the abuse that they suffered in their nursing home, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling (800) 747-3733 today.
You May Recover These Financial Expenses and Losses
When the nursing home you depended on to care for your elderly parent or spouse did not provide the expected level of care and your loved one suffered from abuse or neglect as a result, you might be entitled to financial compensation. The recoverable damages you might be entitled to include:
- All necessary medical care
- All relevant income loss
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional trauma
- Relocation expenses
No two nursing home abuse cases are exactly alike. Review the circumstances surrounding the unexplained bruises on your loved one and your right to financial compensation with your legal team. Your lawyer will help you understand the full range of compensation you and your family are entitled to. They will also aim to assign an accurate value to your claim for compensation and negotiate with the at-fault nursing home or the insurance company that represents them for a favorable financial settlement.
A Boca Raton Bruises Lawyer Will Go the Extra Mile for You
If you recently discovered unexplained bruises on your elderly loved one or noticed a pattern of repeated bruises, you might have the right to financial compensation. If your loved one’s bruises indicate they might have been restrained against their will, you could have the basis of a nursing home abuse or neglect claim. Contact a member of our nursing home abuse team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling (800) 747-3733 today. While you worry about your loved one’s physical and emotional recovery, our team will take care of everything else.
We Can Help.