Miami Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
it’s never an easy decision placing yourself or a loved one in a nursing home, but sometimes it’s necessary. Nevertheless, just because someone has to be in a nursing home doesn’t mean he or she has to live in a miserable or abusive environment. If you or someone you love has become a resident of a bad nursing home, it’s important for you to know your rights.
Older people often move into a nursing home because they can no longer care for themselves and they don’t want to place that burden on their families. The unfortunate truth is that older people sometimes suffer physical or psychological harm at nursing homes due to the negligent or intentional acts of their caregivers. Some factors that can contribute to the abuse or negligent of the residents are hiring inadequately trained staff, not having enough staff members, and hiring staff members with a history of violence.
There are many ways in which a nursing home can be held accountable for injuring its residents. Some common claims against a nursing home include: negligence, abuse, or false imprisonment. Nursing homes can also be held responsible for violating criminal statutes or regulations concerning their maintenance, licensing, and general operation. Abuse or neglect of a nursing home resident can produce an investigation by an adult protective services agency, a civil lawsuit, and/or a criminal prosecution.
A person who decides to file a civil lawsuit against a nursing home needs to have sufficient evidence of suffering and/or losses as a result of the nursing home’s conduct. Some compensations that the plaintiff should include are: necessary and reasonable medical expenses, actual past expenses for medical care, current and future pain and suffering from physical injuries, mental suffering, and past and future impairment of the ability to enjoy life. In cases where a plaintiff can prove that the nursing home engaged in malicious or irresponsible conduct, he or she can sometimes be awarded punitive damages as well.
If a person dies as a result of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, there are also compensations that can be recovered by survivors, heirs, or dependents. A resident’s survivors can have a case for mental anguish and grief, loss of relationship, and loss of parental advice and guidance.
Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you love has suffered injury or harm as a resident of a nursing home, Patino & Associates invites you to speak with one of their competent attorney’s to find explore your legal options. It’s crucial that you contact an attorney as soon as you discover the injury or abuse as there are time limits for filing a lawsuit for nursing home injuries.
Patino & Associates offers experienced representation for nursing home accident or abuse victims who suffer serious personal injury resulting in pain, unnecessary medical expenses or wrongful death. We will take the time to complete a thorough investigation of the nursing home abuse or accident to determine what occurred and who is at fault. Our team of nursing home accident attorneys will help you decide if you qualify for compensation in nursing home accident or abuse cases involving:
- Bed sores
- Care for Alzheimer’s disease
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Medication errors
- Misuse of nursing home restraints
- Sexual assault
- Wandering off
If you or someone you love has been a victim of a nursing home accident or abuse, contact one of our nursing home accident attorneys to discuss your case. You can also reach us by phone at 305-443-6163.You don’t have a moment to lose. Contact us today!