Personal Injury Attorney Serving the Elderly and their Families in Sunrise, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach Areas
Over 90 percent of nursing homes were cited for federal health and safety violations in 2007, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services.Given the extraordinary number of violations, it should come as no surprise that outright abuse is widespread as well, although precise statistics are hard to come by. Why? Victims of abuse are often unable or afraid to make complaints about their treatment. Many victims will not even tell family members that they are being abused because they are afraid of being punished by the perpetrators for “blowing the whistle.” Furthermore, it can be hard to determine if a loved one is being abused unless you know the signs and symptoms to look for, which are not always obvious.
Signs of nursing home abuse.
Here are some indications that a person you love is being abused or neglected:
- Bruises, scratches, scabs, and/or burns that cannot be accounted for
- Cracked or dry lips
- Extreme drowsiness, drooling or a vacant stare, all of which can indicate being over medicated or the administering of improper medications
- The presence of restraints on beds or wheelchairs when the use of restraints has not been required or requested in the past
- Rapid weight loss
- Poor hygiene, such as dirty or uncut fingernails, knotted hair, dirty or stained clothing
- Bedsores (often located on the back, buttocks, elbows and/or heels)
- Extreme fear, agitation, anxiousness or anger
- Depression and/or withdrawal
- Confusion and disorientation
- An unwillingness to discuss how one is being cared for or even what life is like at the nursing home
- Genital bleeding or pain, bruising of the inner thighs, sudden difficulty sitting or walking, torn or bloody underclothing and/or a sexually transmitted disease. All of these can be symptoms of sexual abuse
- Suddenly falling into a coma or dying without adequate explanation
Florida nursing home abuse lawyer David Benenfeld is committed to helping victims of abuse. He can put an immediate end to the abuse and obtain compensation for physical, emotional and/or financial injuries suffered by the victim.
If you are the victim of nursing home abuse, or believe that someone you love is being abused, contact us at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld P.A. immediately. We can put an end to the abuse, bring the perpetrators to justice and obtain compensation for the wrongs done to you or your loved one.