Clearwater Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys serving Clearwater, Tampa & Hudson
Deciding to enter a nursing home or place a family member in a nursing home is one of life’s most difficult decisions. This decision becomes a nightmare when a resident is abused or neglected by the nursing home staff or administrators. Such abuse and neglect can also occur under the care of in-home aides and other health care practitioners, let the nursing home abuse attorneys in Clearwater help you.
Nursing home residents have rights that are mandated by Florida law. These rights include the right to be treated courteously and with the highest measure of dignity, the right to adequate and appropriate health care, the right to be kept informed about his or her medical condition and treatment, and the right to be free from mental and physical abuse.
Unfortunately, some nursing homes are woefully deficient and neglectful in ensuring that these rights are honored. As a result, residents may be harmed by a worsening of their medical condition, unexplained fractures, falls resulting in fractured bones, abuse, and even death.
Our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys are here to help. Here are some conditions and symptoms that may indicate abuse or neglect of the patient:
- Unexplained bruising
- Bedsores or pressure sores (often on heels, elbows, and buttocks)
- Urinary tract infections
- A fall resulting in fractured bones
- Weight loss
- Unexplained fractures
If you believe that you or a family member experienced neglect or mistreatment in a nursing home, contact us as soon as possible. Before meeting with a Clearwater nursing home neglect attorney, it would be helpful for you to gather and bring the following items, if possible:
- A list of the doctors and hospitals who cared for the resident for a five-year period prior to the nursing home admission
- Any medical records or medical bills related to the nursing home admission that you have
- A copy of any admission contracts or agreements signed at the time the resident was admitted into the nursing home
- Photographs of the resident’s visible bruises or sores, if any.
Verbal, emotional, mental, physical and medical abuse and neglect are actionable offenses that require compensation to be made to the victim and his or her family. While most cases involve senior citizens who have become victims, we also represent physically, emotionally or mentally challenged patients of any age.
You must act quickly. Florida’s statute of limitations limits the time in which you may make a claim or forever lose the chance to do so. Call the Clearwater nursing home neglect attorneys today so that we can take the steps necessary to ensure that you or your loved one’s rights are protected and to prevent further neglect or abuse from occurring.
The best chance to resolve a case in your favor is to seek skilled legal counsel as soon as possible after the abuse or neglect occurs. We also provide legal representation for criminal defense and business and real estate law. Call us now.