Nursing Home Abuse in West Palm Beach
South Florida’s oldest incorporated municipality, West Palm Beach traces its founding to railroad tycoon Henry Flagler. Incorporated in 1894, the community that now serves as West Palm County’s seat was originally intended to house servants employed by Flagler’s hotels on the island of Palm Beach. West Palm Beach enjoyed growth throughout Florida’s land boom in the 1920s, and local architecture still reflects the influence of that era. Historic neighborhoods and modern amenities make West Palm Beach one of the Florida Treasure Coast’s most popular communities.
Cultural opportunities, educational institutions, and diverse businesses have driven growth in West Palm Beach, and nearly 100,000 people now make their homes here. As our community has developed, the nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at Freeman Injury Law, have built a respected reputation for the professional knowledge and skills that enable us to serve elderly citizens and their families with dignity and integrity. Our firm knows that the overwhelming majority of Florida’s nearly 700 nursing homes receive citations for deficiencies that can spell problems for vulnerable residents’ well-being. We’re strong advocates for nursing home residents and other elderly citizens who need help to protect their rights.
Specific figures about the occurrence of abuse and neglect in America’s nursing homes are difficult to find because they take many different forms and often go unreported. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that as many as 2 million older Americans are victims of abuse, in institutions and within communities. Government sources also report that more than 90% of nursing homes are cited for problems, with an estimated 30% or so proving to be abuse or neglect situations.
When you call on the West Palm Beach nursing home neglect and elder abuse lawyers at our firm, you’ll find knowledgeable professionals who have the resources needed to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect. We know how to find the evidence needed to build a case designed to stop abuse or neglect that is causing harm to you or a loved one. Further, we will pursue the parties responsible and see that they are held liable for their behavior. If compensation is available for your suffering, we will seek the maximum to which you’re entitled.
Our experienced West Palm Beach nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys know that there can be many signs of problems with the quality of care a skilled nursing facility provides. Abuse or neglect of nursing home residents may involve actual physical violence, but also may include such things as withholding food or water, mishandling medications, failing to help residents to the bathroom, not providing supervision with walking or moving about, failing to clean rooms or common areas, and the like. Emotional abuse can include any sort of verbal abuse or behavior that upsets residents, causes anxiety, fear or humiliation. Abused or neglected residents may fall and sustain injuries, and they may develop infections and bedsores that can lead to sepsis, a potentially fatal condition often called blood-poisoning.
When you see conditions in nursing homes that suggest abuse or neglect, talk with supervisors and administrators. If your concerns go unheeded, call on the skills of the West Palm Beach nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at our firm. We can help, too, when you see signs of abuse or neglect in elderly relatives or friends who live in their own homes. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, self-neglect is a leading cause of problems for elderly Americans. Abuse by caregivers and by family members occurs too commonly, leaving older citizens hurt and vulnerable.
The West Palm Beach elder abuse attorneys at our firm can help you understand abuse and neglect issues, and we’ll take action to put a stop to abusive situations. When nursing homes and others are held accountable for the harm that’s caused, the cycle of abuse and neglect can be interrupted. Contact our firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.