Finding out that a loved one is being abused in their nursing home can be frustrating and stressful.
Nursing home abuse can come in several forms, including failing to properly care for your loved one. Improper care can mean not making sure they eat and drink enough to sustain their health. It can also mean leaving them in dirty or tattered clothing and ignoring their personal hygiene in general.
If your loved one was abused in a nursing home, you might be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling 1-800-747-3733 to find out how a Boca Raton soiled clothes or other signs of poor hygiene lawyer can help you prove the cause and effect of your loved one’s injuries.
Victims and Their Families May Get Financial Recovery for Nursing Home Abuse
If you discover that your elderly parent or spouse was abused in their nursing home, you should take appropriate steps to ensure their safety if you have not already done so. This may involve moving them to a safe location, getting medical care for their injuries, and contacting a nursing home abuse law firm.
A lawyer can help you define the cause of your loved one’s injuries, prove the extent of their physical and emotional suffering, and pursue the at-fault party or parties for financial compensation. Financial damages you may be entitled to recover can include:
- Medical bills
- Medication costs
- Physical therapy
- Transportation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Relocation expenses
In some nursing home abuse cases, you might be able to collect additional compensation for punitive damages. Punitive damages are not automatic—they are only awarded if the behavior that caused your loved one to suffer is found to have been intentionally inflicted. Our team can help you prove the cause of your loved one’s injuries and the total cost of your financial damages.
Our Team Can Help You Prove Your Loved One Was Abused
It can be difficult to prove that an elderly loved one or spouse was abused or neglected in their nursing home. Many elderly residents have memory issues, which may present obstacles in recounting the abuse or neglect they experienced. Other residents might be too afraid to report the abuse right away.
When our team represents you and your loved one, we go to work on proving the abuse or neglect took place right away. We may:
- Interview your loved one
- Interview other nursing home residents
- Interview nursing home staff or volunteers
- Compile and review medical records and evidence
- Official police reports and nursing home incident reports
We may also use pictures of your loved one’s injuries, overall condition, and living quarters to assess and demonstrate the type of care they received.
A Boca Raton soiled clothes or other signs of poor hygiene lawyer can help you prove your loved one was abused or neglected. Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling 1-800-747-3733 to get help on building a case that proves the extent of the damage that your loved one and your family experienced.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Like many elderly nursing home residents, your loved one might not immediately show signs of abuse. If they were threatened or afraid, they might even attempt to hide the abuse from you. You may want to take legal action if you notice any of the following signs in your family member:
- Disinterest in things they used to enjoy
- Dirty, unkempt hair and clothes
- Trouble sleeping
- Unexplained weight loss
- Personality changes
- Unexplained bruises or scars
- Bedsores or other avoidable health issues
- Missing personal items
- Unexplained fear or depression
According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), these are among the common signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse your loved one might display. If you notice one or more of these signs, do not hesitate to ask your loved one about the care they are receiving. You might have to move them to another location or repeatedly reassure them of their safety to get the answers you need to help them.
The time you have to prove the neglect and file a nursing home abuse lawsuit is limited by law. So, the sooner we can start building your claim for compensation, the better. Contact a member of our team as soon as you discover the abuse or neglect of your loved one.
Do Not Hesitate to Seek Financial Compensation
If you found out a loved one was ignored, neglected, or abused in their nursing home, you might have felt angry, frustrated, and stressed. It is important to remain level-headed, ensure your loved one of their safety, and seek help immediately.
In fact, according to the Florida Statutes § 400.0236, you generally have as little as two years from the time of the abuse to file a lawsuit seeking financial compensation. Failing to file your lawsuit on time could mean you inadvertently relinquish your right to file at all.
If that happens, the at-fault nursing home might never have to compensate you for your loved one’s abuse or neglect. It can also mean you and your family will be forced to carry the financial impact of the abuse on your own. When our team represents you, we make sure your lawsuit is filed in time for you to get the compensation you are entitled to receive.
You Can Fight for Compensation After Discovering Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Was your elderly loved one ignored or neglected in their nursing home? A Boca Raton soiled clothes or other signs of poor hygiene lawyer can help you pursue financial compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling 1-800-747-3733 to start building your compensation claim today. You worry about helping your loved one get better. We take care of everything else.
We Can Help.