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Boca Raton Nursing Home Abuse: Why You Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

As shocking as it may seem, nursing home abuse in Boca Raton is, unfortunately, a real occurrence. At the Law Offices of Bernstein|Polsky our nursing home abuse attorneys have decades of experience handling elder abuse medical malpractice lawsuits, including the common occurrence of sexual abuse in nursing homes.  Taking legal action can help to ensure that nursing home abuse does not continue in the future.

Bernstein|Polsky Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The medical malpractice lawyers at Bernstein|Polsky have the resources and uncompromising tenacity needed to help nursing home residents and their families with their claims. Our attorneys have consistently recovered significant awards in nursing home abuse cases. Our goal is not only to recover compensation for nursing home residents who have been abused, but also to be a major deterrent for other nursing homes engaging in similar heinous conduct.

You don’t hear about it in the news headlines, but Boca Raton has its fair share of nursing home abuse. Elder abuse in the nursing home setting is traumatizing and creates mental, physical, and emotional anguish for the victim as well as the family involved. Sexual abuse in nursing homes occurs when a senior/elderly resident is forced or tricked into unwanted nonconsensual sex or sexual contact or when the resident is too weak or ill to give consent. Staff members, other residents, visitors, strangers or even family members, can sexually abuse nursing home residents.

One of the most egregious forms of nursing home abuse is the sexual abuse committed to patients who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of memory impairment. Because these residents are often confused, the abuser believes that no one will believe their complaints, therefore  feeling more confident that they can abuse them without any repercussions. Nursing home residents with dementia and other issues are therefore at an increased risk of many kinds of abuse.

Medical Malpractice: Signs Of Abuse in Boca Raton Nursing Homes

There are physical and psychological signs of abuse that should be carefully looked for if you suspect a senior of being abused. If they are exhibiting any of the following signs it is important to contact authorities. The following are the common signs of nursing home abuse:

  • Refusal to communicate with family and loved ones
  • Unusual behavior, i.e. fear or anxiety when around a certain caregiver at the facility or Agitation and abrupt change in mood
  • Withdrawal/depression
  • Recent increased development of pain when sitting or walking
  • Bruising and/or handprints on the breasts, inner thighs, and buttocks
  • Blood stains on clothing and/or bed linens, bleeding or bruised genitals
  • Unexplained infections or STD’s

If you have a relative or loved one who lives in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you should be aware of the signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse. It is important to document and date all information relevant to incidents, keep records because detailed accounts are often more likely to prompt investigations.  Begin keeping tracking of evidence (bruising, mood, dates, times, confession, revelations, etc.)

Florida law requires that the reporting of known or suspected nursing home abuse, neglect, exploitation, of vulnerable elderly or disabled adults. When reporting suspicious cases, you can ask that your name be kept confidential. The following may be grounds for filing a nursing home abuse claim:

  • Negligent Hiring
  • Understaffing
  • Inadequate Training
  • Third-Party Responsibility Claim
  • Breach of Statutory or Regulatory Rights
  • Medication Errors

Bernstein|Polsky Your Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers In Boca Raton

The lawyers at Bernstein|Polsky are dedicated to protecting the vulnerable adults in nursing homes from further abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Contacting the authorities when you suspect abuse in a nursing home is vital to putting an end to the problem. So too is involving nursing home abuse attorneys and medical malpractice lawyers from Bernstein|Polsky.

The Law Offices of Bernstein|Polsky are representing Boca Raton as a civil law firm committed to fighting for justice on behalf of our statewide and national client base in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death and property insurance claims.

If it can be demonstrated that a nursing home or its employees have acted negligently, they may be held liable for any resulting damages. Bernstein|Polsky will review your case and help stop the abuse. Whether your case goes to court or it can be settled outside of a trial, we are here to help your elderly loved one seek maximum compensation for the pain and suffering that were experienced. You can contact us today for more information.