When is it time to finally connect with a Florida nursing home attorney?
This is a simple question with serious ramifications. If you suspect that
a beloved senior has been victimized at his or her nursing home, what
signs would confirm your diagnosis? Fortunately, you need not guess. The
symptoms are straightforward, if also disturbing:
Common Symptoms of Florida Nursing Home Neglect
Look for these important warning signs that nursing home patients are
being neglected. If you spot these practices, you need to take action.
Lives are at stake:
- Medication errors (e.g., a senior is overdosed or under-dosed by a caregiver)
- Multiple instances of “slipping and falling”
- Infections that recur regularly or that persist despite thorough treatment
- Patients wandering off the facility
- Bed sores
- Hygiene problems (e.g., the resident does not appear groomed or clean when
- Evidence of malnourishment or lack of hydration
- Suffocation or strangulation. A federal government survey estimated that
up to 30 deaths happen every year in nursing homes due to suffocation
or strangulation in bed
- Rapid weight gain or weight loss
- Nursing home failure to report illnesses or other changes in health to
the family promptly
Note that this list of symptoms is neither comprehensive nor definitive.
In other words, just because a senior presents some symptoms does not
mean she has been victimized. On the other hand, a senior can be suffering
from neglect, even if she exhibits none of these signs. Still, this list
should help you start to clarify your thinking.
When to Call a Florida Nursing Home Attorney
As noted above, diagnosing neglect is challenging, both emotionally and
legally. But there is no need to wait for certainty before getting legal
help. Indeed, if you wait too long, the patient may get worse or suffer
additional injuries — or even death.
Connect with a Florida nursing home and abuse lawyer at the Law Offices
of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A., immediately for a free and confidential consultation.
Call us toll-free at (561) 600-5605 to begin the process of rescuing your
family member from a neglectful or abusive care facility.