If you suspect that nursing home abuse is occurring to someone you love, you probably have a lot of questions about what you can do, what nursing home abuse and neglect are, and how an attorney can help. The Distasio Law Firm is dedicated to educating people on nursing home abuse so it does not continue to occur. Tampa Injury Attorney Scott Distasio is here to help. He can answer your questions and address your concerns about preventing, identifying and stopping nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect in Tampa. While we are happy to answer your questions during an initial evaluation, we have also included some frequently asked questions about nursing home abuse for your convenience.
What is nursing home abuse?
Nursing home abuse occurs when people such as nursing home staff, nursing home administrators, in-home caregivers, hospitals, and other medical providers cause physical, mental, or emotional harm to the elderly or dependent adult people who are in their care.
What is nursing home neglect?
Nursing home neglect occurs when people such as nursing home staff, nursing home administrators, in-home caregivers, hospitals, and other medical providers do not provide adequate physical and mental care for their elderly or dependant adult patients.
What are signs of nursing home abuse & neglect?
There are many signs that could indicate that nursing home abuse and/or neglect is happening. Common signs include: bruises, cuts, broken bones, restraint marks, infections, excessive bed sores, extreme weight loss, withdrawal, unchanged linens, unwashed clothing, and unsanitary conditions.
What should I do if I am being abused or if I suspect a loved one is being abused in a nursing home?
The first thing people should do once they have been subjected to nursing home abuse or neglect is to report the poor treatment to the nursing home supervisors and administrators. If the administrators of the nursing home fail to address and terminate the neglect and/or abuse, then you should consider taking legal action, and review your options with a qualified nursing home abuse & neglect attorney.
How can an attorney help?
An experienced nursing home abuse & neglect attorney can help by providing you with the compassion, advice, and legal resources you will need to feel comfortable throughout your legal matter. A lawyer will have the prior knowledge and training it takes to successfully recover compensation for any physical injuries or emotional trauma you or your loved one endured. Most importantly, a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney may be able to end the cycle of abuse and neglect that has been occurring in the home, and prevent it from happening to anyone else.
How can I prevent nursing home abuse & neglect?
In order to prevent nursing home abuse and neglect, it is important that people who are placing their elderly and dependant loved ones in homes exercise caution, care, and vigilantly ask the right questions. People should always take their time to familiarize them selves with the nursing home, the nursing home staff, nursing home administrators, and nursing home policies before deciding to place their loved ones in homes.
Am I automatically entitled to compensation?
No. Every case varies and will depend upon the factors and conditions surrounding the individual case. In order to get a better idea of whether you will be able to recover compensation, it is advisable that you meet with a reputable nursing home abuse & neglect attorney, such as Scott Distasio of the Distasio Law Firm, to learn what you should do next.
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