If you suspect your loved one is facing abuse in their nursing home, do not wait to reach out to our firm today to discuss the best solution to protect your loved one. Our skilled Panama City nursing home abuse attorneys are on your side.

What are Florida’s nursing home laws?

As the U.S. population ages, more families are confronted with the difficult decision of putting their loved ones in a nursing home. However, discovering the right home is often difficult, and once the decision is made, it is hard to know for sure if your loved one is being properly cared for. Because of this, Florida law summarizes specific Resident’s Rights. Federal law also controls how nursing homes operate. The following signs may indicate nursing home abuse:

  • Significant weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Unexplained falls
  • Bedsores
  • Poor hygiene care
  • Repeated or unyielding infections
  • Unexplained and unreported cuts and bruises
  • Physical and emotional abuse

How can I prove nursing home negligence?

When a person thinks that their family member is being neglected in a nursing care facility, they must start collecting evidence right away. Those who would like to bring legal action are subject to the burden of proof, which merely indicates that they are mandated by law to demonstrate to the court that there was, in fact, negligent behavior. Some of the ways that a person can collect evidence of abuse and/or neglect in a nursing care facility include taking pictures and videos of unsatisfactory living conditions, bruises, bedsores, and poor behavior of staff. Furthermore, those who would like to take legal action must create a paper trail that shows they have filed complaints about the conditions with the appropriate parties. If there is an emergency situation, it may be essential to report the neglect or abuse to law enforcement. They may provide your loved one is safe for the time being, in addition to writing a report documenting the incident of abuse.

How can our firm help?

The nursing home abuse lawyers at Manuel & Thompson have allowed families to investigate potential abuse of their loved ones. The evaluation process concerns our lawyers obtaining and analyzing nursing home records and any other relevant records, in addition to interviewing staff nurses and appropriate experts in the field. However, you should recognize that you have a limited amount of time to file a claim arising from nursing home abuse, and in some instances, the time period may be as quick as two years from the date of admission. It is important you reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as you presume something may be wrong. Reach out to our firm today. We are ready to help.

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