Choosing a nursing home for your elderly loved one can be a time-consuming process because you take your time to pay attention to the environment and level of available care before making a final selection. It can be very disappointing when the Boca Raton nursing home you choose does not provide your loved one with the level of care you expected.
When inattention, mistreatment, abuse, or neglect leads to falls, your loved one can suffer serious fall-related injuries. If your elderly parent or spouse was injured in their nursing home, a Boca Raton falls lawyer may be able to help you determine your eligibility for financial compensation. Contact the personal injury or nursing home abuse team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling (800) 747-3733 today.
The Danger of Falls in Older Men and Women
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research warns against the potential dangers of falling for elderly men and women. Potential risks associated with older people falling include:
- Increased risk of repeated falls
- Broken bones
- Serious head injuries
- Hip fractures
- Wrist fractures
- Ankle fractures
- Loss of consciousness
- Becoming less active due to fear of falling again
If your elderly loved one fell in their nursing home due to inattention, pushing, shoving, or for any other reason related to nursing home abuse or neglect, we might be able to help. Contact us to find out how you may be able to seek financial compensation for your loved one’s fall-related injuries and their related expenses and losses.
Falls Can Lead to Costly and Extensive Medical Care
Was someone you love injured because of a fall in their Boca Raton nursing home? If so, the medical treatments they require could be ongoing and expensive. The CDC reported the annual cost of fall-related injuries at more than $50 billion in 2015.
If your loved one’s fall was related to nursing home abuse, you may be able to recover some or all of these economic and non-economic damages:
- Medical care until fully recovered
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional distress
- Counseling and therapy, as needed
If your loved one died as a result of their injuries, you might also be entitled to compensation for the costs of their funeral and burial expenses. There may be additional recoverable damages you are entitled to. Review the cause and cost of your loved one’s injuries with your lawyer to ensure your compensation claim is not undervalued and that your family is not left with out-of-pocket expenses that should be covered by the at-fault nursing home.
How Falls Happen in Nursing Home Abuse Cases
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) cites many different types of nursing home abuse. Some types of abuse they acknowledge include:
- Locking in a room
- Tying to furniture
- Ignoring needs
If your loved one is the victim of any of these forms of abuse, it might lead to falls that endanger their health, limit their mobility, or threaten their life. If you discover your loved one’s fall was caused by nursing home abuse, report it as soon as possible. Immediately move your loved one to a safe location, encourage them to provide you with details of the abuse, and contact a nursing home abuse legal professional right away.
We May Be Able To Help You Settle Your Compensation Claim
When you become aware of your loved one’s abuse in their Boca Raton nursing home, contact one of our team members immediately. According to Florida Statutes §400.0236, the statute of limitations governing nursing home abuse and neglect, you are generally only entitled to file a lawsuit for financial compensation within two years from the date of the fall.
Our nursing home abuse team will file your lawsuit on time. If possible, we will try to negotiate a financial settlement with the at-fault nursing home or the insurance company that represents them. By assigning a favorable value to your compensation package, our team will assess the damages you are able to recover and use this number as the basis of any settlement negotiations.
If we cannot agree to a settlement offer, your Boca Raton falls lawyer will represent you in court and fight hard for the financial recovery you are entitled to. When you are ready to assign liability for your loved one’s abuse or neglect to the at-fault nursing home, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling (800) 747-3733 right away.
Let Us Help You Prove Your Right to Financial Recovery
You can pursue financial recovery for nursing home abuse on your own. When you hire our nursing home abuse team to represent your claim, we may be able to help you prove the validity of your claim by:
- Reading and reviewing your loved one’s medical records
- Interviewing nursing home staff and residents
- Taking or obtaining photos of your elderly loved one’s injuries
We might also interview your loved one in a gentle, compassionate manner to hear their version of events firsthand. We will also listen to your version of events and may request additional pictures of your loved one’s living quarters and the specific area of the nursing home where they fell or were abused.
We do not shy away from tough cases and will fight for the financial compensation you deserve.
Your Older Loved One Can Recover from a Fall
If nursing home abuse or neglect led to a fall that injured your elderly loved one, a Boca Raton falls lawyer can help you navigate the financial recovery process. Our team may be able to help you prove fault, assign liability, compile evidence, develop a complete case file, and negotiate a favorable settlement. When you are ready to pursue the financial compensation you deserve, contact the nursing home abuse team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling (800) 747-3733.
We Can Help.