When people reach an older age and their loved ones are no longer able to take care of them, they may need to go into a nursing home. Patients in these establishments and their loved ones trust they will receive the care they need and be safe. While this is usually the case, there are situations in which patients in nursing homes experience negligence and suffer serious harm. It is because of this that it is crucial for loved ones to look out for any signs of neglect or abuse. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced Florida personal injury attorney.
What are Signs of Negligence or Abuse?
It is an unfortunate reality that there are many patients who experience different types of abuse or neglect from the people that are supposed to be taking care of them. This can be seen in many ways and there are different signs to look out for. This can include malnourishment, cuts, bruises, broken bones, infections, and more. While this is true, signs are not always physical either. Other types of abuse, such as verbal, sexual, harassment, or stealing, may not always have signs. That is why it is important to be alert and pay attention to your loved ones.
How Can I Report Nursing Home Abuse?
Finding out your loved one is experiencing neglect or abuse in a nursing home can be devastating. Oftentimes, people want to seek justice by pursuing legal action. This begins with reporting the situation. In 1997, the Older Adults Protective Services Act was amended to require reporting in the event of nursing home negligence. It mandated administrators and employees of these establishments to report any suspected abuse. These reports can be made to the local Area Agency on Aging and licensed agencies. In the event of sexual abuse, serious physical injuries, or a suspicious death, reports can be made to the Department of Aging as well as local law enforcement. If you suspect your loved one is experiencing abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you should retain the services of an experienced attorney who can help you in gathering evidence to build a case against the home.
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