Caring West Palm Beach nursing home abuse attorneys who know how to pursue justice for clients
Some of our most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly, the mentally ill and disabled, are injured every day due to negligence. While nursing homes are regulated and are supposed to follow strict state and federal standards of care, we have seen tragic cases of abuse and negligence that lead to serious injuries and even death. With the aging of the huge baby boomer generation, more individuals will need to be placed in nursing homes. Currently, there are more than 36 million people in the United States over 65 years old. That number will grow, as senior citizens live longer thanks to advances in medical care.
While nursing homes are supposed to be a safe haven, residents are sometimes abused or neglected. The victims and their families need experienced legal representation to help them get justice. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we can assist nursing home injury victims. If you or a loved one was harmed due to nursing home abuse or neglect, you may be entitled to compensation. A nursing home abuse lawyer in West Palm Beach may be able to assist you. Call (800) 608-2965 for a free and confidential consultation.
Types of abuse or neglect in nursing homes
The following are some of the types of abuse or neglect that occur in nursing homes every day:
- Psychological injury
- Isolation of the resident
- Humiliation of the resident
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Neglect (failing to provide necessary care, food, water, medicine, clothing or necessities for living)
- Unclean or unsanitary conditions
- Failure to monitor
- Wandering or "elopement" (escaping from the nursing home)
Signs of nursing home abuse or neglect include bed sores, loss of weight, unexplained injuries, an unexplained change in your loved one's personality.
Abuse and neglect can occur for any number of reasons. Sometimes the staff lacks proper training. Nursing homes also may not have enough staff to address the needs of the residents. In other cases, a nurse may administer the wrong medication to a resident or give the wrong dosage.
How a nursing home abuse lawyer in West Palm Beach can help
If you suspect abuse or neglect, don't hesitate to contact Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. Call (800) 608-2965 for a free consultation. A nursing home negligence lawyer can investigate the circumstances and determine liability.