An important part of making the difficult decision to place someone you love in a nursing home is ensuring their safety. Because many elderly loved ones might suffer from issues with memory loss, a nursing home can be a way to let them receive the care and attention they need while also receiving the supervision they require.
When your elderly parent or spouse is inadequately supervised and roams away from their safe setting, their health and life can be in danger. A Jacksonville wandering and elopement lawyer can help you hold the nursing home responsible for the consequences of your loved one wandering off.
A nursing home abuse lawsuit can lead to the financial compensation you deserve in order to relocate your loved one to a safe location and to ensure their ongoing wellbeing. When you are ready to pursue financial damages, contact the team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling 1-800-747-3733.
Your Loved One Should Be Safe and Protected in Their Nursing Home
When your loved one resides in a nursing home in Jacksonville, they have certain rights that must be protected. According to § 429.23 of the Florida Statutes, any instance of resident wandering or elopement should be reported to local police in a timely manner if their physical or cognitive condition will place them at risk of being harmed or hurt.
The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias report indicates that wandering and elopement is common among older citizens with older adults who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and memory issues. Our team can help prove your loved one was not fully supervised and that nursing home staff was unaware of their physical location long enough for them to wander away from their secure setting.
If your loved one wanders away from their nursing home and sustains injuries, you could have the basis of a nursing home abuse claim for financial compensation. The compensation you seek can cover their medical treatments and emotional therapy needs, as well as compensate you for their pain and suffering. Contact the client care team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling 1-800-747-3733.
Wandering and Elopement Can Be Dangerous and Costly
If your elderly loved one wanders off or elopes from their nursing home, they could face serious danger. Your elderly parent or spouse might become someone else’s victim or be subject to hunger and thirst (which can worsen mental confusion). Additionally, your loved one might:
- Injure themselves
- Wander into traffic
- Become an assault victim
- Become dehydrated
In addition to these alarming possibilities, your loved one who wanders away from their nursing home might be unable to find their way safely back. If they are suffering from memory loss, they might not be able to communicate with someone who could help them return to their nursing facility.
If your family is entitled to financial compensation because of nursing home abuse and neglect, we are here to help you receive it. We can help make sure the nursing home is held accountable for the actions of their staff in failing to adequately secure and supervise your loved one. We can also ensure your claim is comprehensive, complete, accurately valued, and filed on time.
Start Preparing Your Nursing Home Abuse Claim as Soon as Possible
The nursing home where your loved one lives is responsible for their ongoing safety. They should be adequately staffed and have enough in-house support to ensure your loved one does not wander off.
When you trust your nursing home abuse and neglect case to a Jacksonville wandering and elopement lawyer, we can do several important things to support your claim.
- Prove your loved one was inadequately supervised
- Calculate the cost of relocating your loved one
- Prove they require professional emotional support
- Ensure your claim is filed in a timely fashion
According to § 400.0236 of the Florida Statutes, your loved one’s nursing home abuse lawsuit must generally be filed within the two-year deadline the state imposes. Failing to comply with this time restriction could mean you cannot file your claim at all. Do not let time run out on your claim. A lawyer on our team can ensure your claim is filed on time.
We Can Negotiate a Settlement on Your Behalf
Your claim for compensation due to nursing home neglect will avoid the court system if you can reach a settlement with the at-fault nursing home. If you are considering resolving your claim with an insurance settlement, you should know:
- You, not your lawyer, always get to make the final decision
- Your decision really is final, and you cannot sue for additional damages later
- You will relinquish the right to seek additional damages in writing
Because an insurance settlement is final, a lawyer who negotiates on your behalf can be an asset. In addition to negotiations, your lawyer can make sure your claim is accurately valued in the first place and that you do not inadvertently accept a settlement offer that is smaller than you deserve.
Demand Financial Accountability from the At-Fault Nursing Home
The nursing home where your loved one resides is responsible for their daily safety. That means your family member should have the ongoing supervision they need. If your elderly loved one was inadequately supervised and wandered away from their nursing home residence, you could be eligible for financial compensation.
Our nursing home abuse team is committed to helping you receive the financial compensation to which you are entitled. When you are ready to get responsive legal care that goes the extra mile for you, contact our team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. Reach us today by calling 1-800-747-3733. A Jacksonville wandering and elopement lawyer can help.
We Can Help.