Nursing Home Abuse in Broward County
Florida’s second most populous county, Broward is home to more than 1.7 million people. Serving as the county seat, Fort Lauderdale anchors this Atlantic oceanfront area that dates to 1915. With some 31 incorporated cities, towns, and villages, plus unincorporated areas, Broward County has made a successful transition from its past as a renowned spring break paradise to a modern and cosmopolitan destination that is popular with residents and attracts tourists from the world over.
A location that offers sunny days and a gracious, Florida lifestyle attracts people to Broward County. Some of those who live here may eventually find themselves in need of long term health and residential care. At the law firm of Freeman Injury Law, our Broward County nursing home abuse attorneys know that our area boasts some of the best facilities in the state. But we also know that nursing home abuse and neglect remain a shameful fact – both nationwide and here in Florida.
In the U.S., more than 1.3 million people reside in nursing facilities; in Florida, the number of residents in nursing homes exceeds 71,000. The state’s Agency for Health Care Administration oversees operations of health care facilities throughout Florida, and receives and investigates complaints about the quality of care in nursing homes. In 2010, the AHCA reported issues in nursing homes that include failure to meet professional standards of care, problems with food preparation, infection control deficiencies, care plan problems, concerns about residents’ drug regimens, maintenance/housekeeping deficiencies and other matters that directly affect care and quality of life for nursing home residents.
The nursing home neglect attorneys at our firm know that too many residents of long-term care facilities are left without the attention they need. The sad result can be such avoidable problems as sepsis and other infections, along with potentially deadly injuries caused by falls. Our Broward County elder abuse lawyers know, too, that nursing home residents often suffer from physical and emotional abuse. In 2010, the AHCA cited 184 nursing homes in Florida for deficiencies in promoting care in ways that enhance residents’ dignity and respect.
When Broward County nursing home residents are left unattended, falls can easily result. Individuals are admitted to nursing homes because they need supervised care. That may mean they’re already unsteady on their feet, or perhaps unable to walk without assistance or at all. Changing position can be difficult when people are on certain medications. Dizziness is a frequent result. So falls can happen easily. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control notes that in an average 100-bed nursing home, falls can number as many as 200 per year. About 1,800 nursing home residents die from injuries sustained in falls each year.
At Freeman Injury Law, our Broward County nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys have the knowledge needed to thoroughly investigate the conditions that lead to allegations of abuse or neglect that harms a nursing home resident. Our caring lawyers believe that elder abuse cannot be tolerated, and we are prepared to take decisive action when you or a loved one encounter physical or emotional abuse, neglect or other issues that adversely affect the quality of your life. When nursing home care results in sepsis, infections, injuries from falls, malnutrition or other physical or emotional damage, Broward County residents call on the experienced nursing home abuse attorneys they can trust. Phone our firm for a free consultation today. Our veteran elder abuse lawyers will protect your rights.