Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home neglect and abuse is an ongoing problem for thousands of residents in long-term care facilities across America. An estimated one in three nursing homes will be reported for nursing home neglect and abuse—a number thought to be grossly underestimated. Surprisingly, 20 years ago, few attorneys in Florida were aware of the amount of neglect and abuse taking place in the state’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Nursing home neglect and abuse has been largely attributed to underpaid and undertrained employees as well as understaffed facilities.
Neglect and abuse can—and does—occur in many different ways. Most people associate nursing home negligence with physical abuse. However, neglect and abuse can also result from bedsores, falls, financial abuse, emotional abuse, malnutrition, sexual abuse, and ultimately death. Closely watching for signs of neglect and abuse may help prevent further damage from occurring, particularly because many residents are afraid to disclose that neglect and abuse are actually happening to them. Regardless of the type of neglect or abuse occurring in long-term care facilities, it is important to hold facilities accountable for their actions and omissions. In order for this to happen, family members and loved ones need to be keenly aware of the different types of neglect and abuse in long-term facilities.
If you or a loved one has been neglected, abused, or harmed in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Bounds Law Group today at (407) 644-5151 or use our online submission form to schedule a confidential consultation regarding your legal matter.