Florida Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers for Cases of Abandonment
Nursing homes are supposed to be safe and nurturing places for aging individuals to live meaningful lives. Due to various obligations, sons, daughters and other loved ones often simply do not have the time to devote to personally meeting their family members’ needs, and in many cases seniors need the constant access to professional care that only exists in the nursing home setting. As a result, more than a million families in Florida and nationwide trust nursing home administrators, nurses and staff members to be there for their elderly loved ones in their times of need.
Tragically, despite the explicit purpose of nursing home care, abandonment of nursing home residents is a major problem. Going beyond isolated instances of neglect, abandonment involves discontinuing care without a resident’s consent, and often without his or her (or his or her family’s) knowledge. Abandonment of a nursing home resident is not appropriate under any circumstances, and those who suffer harm as a result of being abandoned deserve to receive quality treatment and just compensation.
Experienced Attorneys for Claims Against Florida Nursing Homes
The nursing home abuse lawyers at Searcy Denney provide skilled legal representation for senior citizens and their families in cases of abandonment. We have significant experience pursuing cases against nursing homes and other long-term care providers, and we believe strongly in fighting for aging individuals who are unable to protect their rights independently. Dealing with a neglectful or abusive nursing home can be challenging (to say the least), and we help make sure our clients have access to the care and support they need while we fight to recover the compensation they deserve.
Evidence of Nursing Home Abandonment
While abandonment can involve leaving a nursing home resident in isolation for an extended period of time, it can also involve failing to be there for a resident in his or her time of need. Like other forms of nursing home neglect and abuse, abandonment can take many forms, and any warning signs indicating possible abandonment need to be taken seriously. Evidence of abandonment may include:
- Inability to obtain information about a resident from nursing home administrators or staff
- Lack of hygiene for residents who are unable to care for themselves
- Limited mobility or access to activities outside of the resident’s room
- Medications not being taken as prescribed
- Symptoms of malnutrition or dehydration
- Untreated physical injuries, including pressure ulcers (bed sores) and injuries consistent with falls
- Withdrawal or other changes in a resident’s emotional state
If you have concerns about a loved one’s care in a nursing home, it is important that you seek professional help. We can help you understand your options, and we can get to the bottom of any apparent issues with your loved one’s care. To get started with a free and confidential consultation, contact us today.
Schedule a Free Consultation at Searcy Denney
For more information about how we can help in cases of nursing home abandonment, schedule a free consultation with an attorney at Searcy Denney. You can call our Tallahassee or West Palm Beach law offices 24/7 at (800) 780-8607, or contact us online and we will respond as soon as possible.