It can be difficult enough to watch our loved ones grow old, and even worse when the people in charge of their care mistreat them. Our Central Florida nursing home abuse and negligence lawyers, serving Daytona Beach and surrounding areas, are familiar with the many laws mandating certain levels of care for residents of elderly care facilities. If you or a loved one has been abused or neglected at a nursing home, the legal team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau will work diligently to see that those responsible are held accountable.
- Signs of Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
- Florida Nursing Home Law
- Resident Bill of Rights
- What to Do
Signs of Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
If you have a loved one who is staying in a nursing home, you expect him or her to be receiving the most professional, compassionate care possible. In some instances, this does not always occur. Here are some telltale signs of nursing home negligence and abuse you can look for if you suspect your loved one is not being treated properly:
- Skin lesions and bedsores
- Unexplained falls
- Repeated or unyielding infections
- Physical and emotional abuse
- Significant weight loss
- Poor hygiene care
Subtle signs linked to mental or sexual abuse or neglect include:
- Social isolation or withdrawal
- Mood swings
- Excessive crying
- Changes in thought patterns
Our Central Florida nursing home negligence lawyers can help in obtaining nursing home records and evidence to prove negligence on the part of caregivers. If you suspect your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, contact our lawyers in Daytona Beach as soon as possible.
Florida Nursing Home Law
There are specific legal requirements in the state of Florida protecting residents’ rights that include cases of loved ones placed in care facilities. The Resident Bill of Rights demands zero tolerance for abuse and neglect in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The nursing home abuse lawyers at our Daytona Beach firm have compiled a list of some of these rights in the outline below.
Resident Bill of Rights
- The Right to be Free from Physical or Mental Abuse
- The Right to Receive Adequate and Appropriate Health Care and Protective and Support Services
- The Right to be Treated Courteously, Fairly, and with the Fullest Measure of Dignity
- The Right to be Informed of His or Her Medical Condition and Proposed Treatment
- The Right to Refuse Medical Treatment and to be Informed on the Consequences
- The Right to Present Grievances
- The Right to Civil and Religious Liberties
- The Right to Private and Uncensored Communication
- The Right to Organize or Participate in Resident Groups
- The Right to Examine the Results of the Most Recent Inspection Report
- The Right to Manage His or Her own Financial Affairs
- The Right to Participate in the Planning of All Medical Treatment
- The Right to Have Privacy in Treatment and Caring for Personal Needs
- The Right to Freedom of Choice in Selecting a Personal Physician
- The Right to Have Copies of the Rules and Regulations of the Facility
- The Right to Receive Notice Before the Resident's Room Changes
- The Right to be Informed of the Bed Reservation Policy
In addition to Florida state laws governing the care of residential nursing facilities, there are also federal statutes as well. These guidelines detail specific requirements that facilities must meet in order to receive federal funding to operate. Contact our Central Florida nursing home negligence lawyers for a detailed outline of the federal laws regarding patient care.
What to Do
It is important to note that there are statutes of limitations for bringing forth nursing home negligence lawsuits. In some instances, the statute of limitations may be as short as two years from the date the patient was admitted. This makes it crucial for loved ones who suspect nursing home abuse to contact our lawyers in Daytona Beach right away.
Always look for the signs listed above, or any other physical or behavioral trait you think is unusual, if you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse. The Central Florida nursing home negligence lawyers at Chanfrau & Chanfrau have experience handling negligent care claims, and can answer any questions you may have regarding the next steps that need to be taken.
Contact Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
As baby boomers grow older, caring for the elderly is becoming more and more of a national priority. As such, we want our loved ones to be in the best hands. Our Central Florida nursing home negligence and abuse lawyers in Daytona Beach are prepared to go after healthcare workers and companies who have caused harmful actions to those living in elderly care facilities. Our lawyers also have extensive experience in handling wrongful death claims.
We also represent cases involving auto accident, boat accident, motorcycle accident, accidental death, trucking accidents, water craft accidents, premises liability, slip and fall accidents, sexual child abuse, physical child abuse, nursing home negligence, dog bites, product liability, construction accidents and criminal defense. Contact our Central Florida Law Firm in Daytona Beach today for a free consultation and we will review your case.