Pompano Beach Nursing Home Negligence
Pompano Beach, Florida, has more than 50 skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, senior care/elder care facilities and nursing homes within its borders. Families trust these facilities to take care of their senior family members and to provide services as needed. Far too often, these facilities are involved in abuse or neglect of Pompano Beach seniors.
If you or your loved one has suffered damage at a Pompano Beach nursing home, the legal team at Frankl & Kominsky can help.What is Nursing Home Negligence or Abuse?
Negligence or abuse at a Pompano nursing home can take various forms. It can occur because of inept, inexperienced, or unmotivated staff members or because of intentional and deliberate negative actions by staff or other employees. It can also result from policies and procedures at a facility. Negligence includes failure to supervise or monitor patients or lax care for patients. Abuse includes sexual abuse, physical abuse, or emotional abuse. Additionally, there is a possibility of financial exploitation by individuals preying on vulnerable seniors.
The facility itself can be responsible for problems. For example, if the facility fails to maintain a clean and safe environment free of hazards or if it fails to adequately screen employees, it can be liable for problems. Likewise, if the facility fails to provide adequate medical treatment or fails to supervise residents or staff, it could be held liable.What are the Signs of Abuse or Neglect?
Residents of nursing homes in Pompano Beach and elsewhere sometimes are hesitant to discuss abuse or neglect that occurs at a facility. Family members and loved ones should remain vigilant for any signs of abuse or neglect. For example, bruises, cuts, infections or disease, unexplained bleeding, or broken bones may suggest some type of abuse or neglect. Other symptoms include dehydration, malnourishment, ripped or torn clothing, repeated falls, bed sores or skin breakdown, and unexplained bleeding can also indicate abuse or neglect. Additionally, any change in behavior by the patient, including mood swings or wandering away from the facility, may suggest something is amiss.
Financial exploitation can manifest itself in several different ways. Staff or other employees can access the accounts of senior patients without their knowledge or consent, or they can manipulate the senior into authorizing withdrawals. Identity theft and forged signatures are other types of financial exploitation that happens in nursing homes and other senior care facilities.What Damages Can You Recover?
If a loved one has suffered in a nursing home or other type of senior care facility, you may be entitled to recover damages. These include medical bills, pain and suffering - either mental or physical - and emotional distress. The court can also award punitive damages, as a way to punish the responsible parties and to deter them from repeating the negative behavior.What to Do In Cases of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
The lawyers at Frankl & Kominsky have years of experience in representing individuals and their families in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Our Pompano attorneys recognize the intricacies of a nursing home abuse or neglect case, and will work to get justice for those abused or neglected by a care facility. To understand your legal options in the case of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact Frankl & Kominsky. We will assess your specific case and guide you through the legal process. Call us at (855) 800-8000 or contact us online to discuss your case. We speak Spanish and Creole.