Nursing homes might seem like places we can trust for care and compassion, but sometimes that standard is not upheld. If you have a loved one who sustained injuries due to mistreatment in a nursing home facility, you might be able to pursue compensation for their care and recovery.
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we recognize how challenging such scenarios of abuse can be, and we are here to help. Call 1-800-747-3733 today to see how a nursing home abuse lawyer in Fernandina Beach, FL can help you.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse That May Constitute a Claim
The nursing home industry, as a whole, shares in a mission of providing quality, compassionate care to older adults, and the state of Florida mandates that nursing home residents are guaranteed, at the very least, consistent safety and basic needs. Occasionally, though, ill-willed employees make their way into the staff of these facilities to prey on their elderly charges.
If you feel you our your loved one received improper or abusive treatment by anyone who had a duty of care to them, including doctors, nurses, or the general nursing home staff, you may have grounds to seek compensation.
The most common forms of nursing home abuse include:
Medical Neglect involves the absence of necessary treatments, for example misdiagnosed or missed illnesses, overlooked injuries, and missed or incorrectly dosed medications.
Primary Needs Neglect results from a nursing home resident not having fundamental needs met, such as food and water or a clean and safe environment.
Physical Abuse occurs when nursing home staff causes the resident to suffer injury.
Emotional Abuse happens when another party harasses, threatens, or coerces the nursing home resident.
Financial Abuse results from another party stealing or manipulating a nursing home resident’s assets. This might involve the theft of items, such as jewelry or electronics, the theft of identities to misuse the victim’s monetary assets in bank or investment accounts, or even overcharging residents in an effort to garner their funds.
Sexual Abuse occurs when a party initiates nonconsensual sexual acts with the nursing home resident.
While these are acts that can be isolated to one perpetrating party, it is important to remember that nursing homes are also responsible for the health, safety, and wellbeing of their residents. This means that the facility itself is likely also liable for abuse suffered by your loved one.
It also means, though, that when you report these cases to the nursing home administrator or director, they might try to sideline your report by offering a minuscule settlement in exchange for a signed liability release. If this happens to you, do not sign any documents; call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 for a free case consultation so we can explain your options to pursue legal action.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Often, mistreatment in nursing homes goes unreported, as many times seniors are either unable or too afraid to tell someone else what occurred for fear that the mistreatment will worsen or that no one will believe them. Family and friends, however, can look for the potential signs of abuse that might appear, such as:
- Sudden, unexplained bruises or cuts;
- An increase in anger, anxiety, or fear;
- Isolation or depression; or
- A sense of disorientation
If you notice these indicators and worry that your loved one might be the victim of abuse, a nursing home lawyer in Fernandina Beach, FL from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help.
Our legal team will perform a full investigation of the claim and gather as much evidence as possible to identify the liable party and the physical, emotional, and economic damages owed. In many cases, our injury lawyers are easily able to negotiate a fair settlement for you and your loved one; we can easily take your case to court, though, if it becomes necessary.
How the Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Anidjar & Levine Can Help
When you hire a nursing home abuse lawyer in Fernandina Beach from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, you are hiring an advocate for you, your rights, and your case. Your lawyers will stay by your side for the entirety of the process to keep you informed and answer any questions you might have as we progress through our comprehensive service plan that includes:
Investigating your case: The team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will investigate your case and collect ample documentation of all its aspects to determine who is liable for your loved one’s injuries.
Calculating the value of your claim: We will calculate all recoverable economic and noneconomic damages to help you win deserved compensation for elements such as:
- The victim’s medical treatment and care
- Emotional trauma, pain and suffering
- Financial and personal property losses
- Diminished quality of life
Negotiating to obtain a fair settlement: Using the results of this investigation and calculation, your legal team from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company for a reasonable and equitable settlement offer. If such a settlement is not possible, we will discuss options for a lawsuit or court case.
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Fernandina Beach Today
If your loved one’s rights were violated, act quickly. Do not let your loved one suffer any more than they already have: if you feel that your loved one was injured by negligent or abusive acts at their nursing home, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. Call us at 1-800-747-3733 to set up your free case consultation and start the path to recovery for you and your ailing loved one.