Nursing home negligence can have a devastating effect on your family. If you believe that your family member has been neglected, abandoned, or abused by his or her caregivers, we urge you to speak with a nursing home negligence lawyer from our Daytona, FL, law office. Our attorneys are committed to securing compensation for any violation of your loved one’s health, happiness, and well-being. It is important to remember that nursing home abuse takes all forms, and abuse does not have to be willful or malicious in order for a professional duty to have been compromised.
The team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau can determine if your loved one's rights have been violated, and if so, help your family file a claim against the negligent party or parties. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team, contact our law firm today.
Abandonment and Neglect Defined
As defined by the National Center on Elder Abuse, neglect is a“Refusal or failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care or protection for a vulnerable elder,” while abandonment is “The desertion of a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person.” Both neglect and abandonment are forms of abuse, and may be indicators for a civil litigation suit.
Common examples of neglect and abandonment include:
- Abandonment of the care recipient
- Denying a care recipient food or liquids
- Denying them health-related services
- Denying hygienic services
- Denying communication or mobility
- Isolating or ignoring a care recipient
These actions can have a severe and real impact on your loved one's health, emotional state, and quality of life. For this reason, it is extremely important that you take action should you have reason to believe that your loved one has been neglected or abandoned for any reason. If you suspect that this neglect is ongoing, we urge you to seek immediate counsel from an attorney, so that such neglectful behavior can be stopped.
Signs of Abandonment and Neglect
As with emotional abuse, the symptoms of neglect and abandonment may not be immediately evident. Because of this, it can be difficult to determine if neglect or abandonment is taking place. However, if the neglect or abandonment is severe in nature, then the impact this has on your loved one is likely to be serious as well. In such cases, it may result in:
- Unattended medical needs
- Poor hygiene
- Soiled sheets or clothing
- Unusual weight loss
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, or your loved one has indicated to you that he or she is being neglected or abandoned by the on-staff caregivers, take immediate action.
It must be stressed that a caregiver's neglect or abandonment of your loved one can cause real and significant physical and emotional damage. To protect your loved one's legal rights and quality of life, seek legal counsel from an experienced and professional attorney.
Contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau
Your loved one's health, well-being, and safety is the responsibility of their caregivers. If they fail to uphold this duty, either through neglect or willful abandonment, our team can hold them responsible and ensure your loved one's interests are protected. Don't leave your family member's well-being up to chance – take action by consulting an experienced and dedicated nursing home negligence lawyer. Contact an attorney at Chanfrau & Chanfrau to schedule a consultation and learn more.