Nursing Home Abuse in Palm Beach Gardens
Warning signs of nursing home abuse or neglect can vary widely. The Elder Abuse Foundation offers these signals as indicators of possible neglect:
- Frozen joints
- Unexplained bruises, cuts or burns
- Sprains and broken bones
- Sudden behavior changes
- Delays in allowing visitors access to residents
- Refusal to allow access to residents
- Missing resident belongings
- Over-medication of residents
- Changes in bank balances or assets
- Changes in wills and other legal documents
Source: Elder Abuse Foundation.
Just north east of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens is a relatively new addition to the incorporated municipalities of Palm Beach County. The city was incorporated in 1959 by wealthy landowner John D. MacArthur in 1959, but didn’t actually begin to take shape until the following decade. Development has emphasized plenty of green space for residents, and today fully 30% of Palm Beach Gardens remains just that. Headquarters to the Professional Golfer’s Association of America, Palm Beach Gardens describes itself as a “Signature City” that “celebrates quality-of-life by fostering an environment of excellence.”
When it comes to excellence in legal representation, Palm Beach Gardens residents turn to the nursing home neglect attorneys at Freeman Injury Law. Our experienced elder abuse lawyers have a distinguished reputation for providing strong advocacy to elderly and vulnerable residents of the community and those who reside in Florida’s skilled nursing facilities.
Elder abuse continues to receive attention as millions of older Americans try to cope with the physical, emotional and other abuses inflicted on them by caregivers, family members and unscrupulous individuals who prey on those who are vulnerable. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that as many as 2 million older Americans are victims of various types of abuse. By far the most common is financial exploitation, which is thought to have harmed as many as 5 million elderly people. At our firm, Palm Beach Gardens elder abuse attorneys are prepared to vigorously represent those who need our help in standing up to abusers. We are committed to stopping those who mistreat elderly citizens and we’ll work to see that they’re held accountable for the harm they’ve done.
Our Palm Beach Gardens nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys know that residents of nursing homes are among those most susceptible to abuse. Because individuals who rely on nursing facilities for shelter and care are usually unable to address their own needs, they are at the mercy of nursing home staff. Most residents need help with several activities of daily living, such as bathing, moving about, dressing, eating, and using the toilet. Our experienced nursing home abuse lawyers know that many facilities are understaffed, and that staff members may be underpaid and untrained for the work they do.
When staffing and other issues cause the level of care provided by a nursing home to suffer, residents suffer, too. Less-than-optimal care means that residents succumb to more infections, develop bedsores that can lead to the potentially-lethal infection sepsis, and are more likely to fall because they aren’t closely supervised. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that nursing home residents are twice as likely to fall as are elderly residents of the community. The nursing home neglect lawyers at our firm know the sad fact that some 1,800 nursing home residents die every year in the U.S. from injuries they’ve suffered in falls.
If you believe that an elderly loved one has been intentionally hurt or harmed because of neglect, contact the Palm Beach Gardens elder abuse and nursing home neglect lawyers at Freeman Injury Law. We can investigate the circumstances of your loved one’s care and determine if harm has been done. When it has, we’ll aggressively pursue those responsible and see that they are held liable. Our firm has helped many older residents of our community through its resolve to hold nursing home owners and other involved parties accountable for their actions … or their inaction. Call our offices to schedule a free, initial consultation about a nursing home neglect or abuse claim. If you’re unable to come to us, we’ll come to you.