Nursing Home Abuse & Elder Neglect
According to a study conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse, 44 percent of nursing home residents reported that they had been abused. Further, 95 percent of nursing home residents indicated that they had experienced neglect and/or witnessed the neglect of others. Reports show that elder citizens who receive at-home care are largely abused and mistreated by family members. Such behavior is unacceptable. At the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, we have a zero tolerance for nursing home abuse. Our nursing home neglect lawyers are trained to recognize, investigate and criminalize negligent nursing home practices and behaviors.
Have You Been Harmed By Nursing Home Abuse?
At the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A., we evaluate each case with you in order to fight for your desired outcome. From product liabilities to nursing home abuse, our skilled personal injury attorneys work tirelessly to uncover the truth and initiate litigation that makes a difference.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
- Emotional Abuse: Any sort of verbal and/or nonverbal behavior that contributes to harassment, anxiety, fear, and intimidation.
- Sexual Abuse: Any sort of activity or behavior that forcible subjects an elderly citizen to sexual contact. It can be seen in the form of rape, sodomy, sexual photography or forced nudity.
- Financial Abuse: Any sort of behavior that exploits and/or misuses the funds of the elderly, especially without the elder's permission and/or awareness. Financial abuse may also be seen in the form of coercion to sign documents such as wills, trusts, and contracts.
- Physical Abuse: Any sort of activity that contributes to bodily harm and/or impairment. Common examples of physical abuse include hitting, shoving, pushing, kicking, biting, pushing, scratching, etc.
- Non-Physical Abuse & Neglect: Any sort of behavior in which officials fail to perform their specific duties. Neglect and non-physical abuse can be seen in the form of failure to provide basic cleansing, food, water, sleep, comfort, safety and hygiene to the elderly.
In most cases, nursing home abuse can be detected by physical bruising on patients, habits that suggest anxiety (such as nail biting), sudden changes in bank accounts, and nonresponsive behavior from patients (i.e. isolation, silence, crying, etc.). If you believe that nursing home abuse is occurring, or if an elder reports mistreatment to you, you should contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer immediately.
Grounds for Filing Nursing Home Abuse Case
Florida nursing homes are expected to meet and maintain a reasonable standard of care and service to patients. When nursing home officials fail to meet these standards, nursing home abuse claims can be filed. Below are the most common forms of nursing home abuse cases:
- Negligent hiring
- Inadequate training
- Third-party responsibility
- Breach of statutory or regulatory rights
- Medication error
An experienced nursing home abuse attorney can help you file a successful claim, undergo investigation, and receive compensation for nursing home abuse, especially those that result in permanent injuries and/or wrongful death.
Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Our personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers can also provide legal services for the elderly who have suffered personal injury at the hands of their caretakers in nursing homes within the greater Orlando and Central Florida regions. If your loved ones have ever fallen victim to nursing home abuse, we are here to help by giving them the justice they deserve.
For more information about our approach nursing home abuse, contact our office in Altamonte Springs and receive a free consultation from an elder abuse attorney today.