Nursing Home Abuse and COVID-19

Post on behalf of Thomas J. Ueberschaer PA on Tuesday May 19, 2020

The Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic and resulting illness, COVID-19, pose severe, life-threatening risks to the elderly population. Many of these individuals live in nursing homes and assisted care facilities. These facilities are responsible for the health and safety of their residents and the negligence of these caretakers can have devastating consequences for these adults resulting in painful injuries and costly financial hardship.

If you have questions or believe your loved one may have been harmed as a result of the negligence of a nursing home or elder care facility, contact our experienced Florida Nursing Home Abuse lawyers to discuss your options.

When to Sue for Nursing Home and Elder Abuse?

The right time to contact a nursing home abuse attorney is the moment you suspect someone may be the victim of neglect or injured due to the actions of someone responsible for their well-being. Too often people observe nursing home abuse without recognizing it for what it is. Some studies indicate that, while research is limited on the subject, elder abuse may be “nearly as widespread as child abuse” and, regrettably, it is often overlooked.

In the interest of stopping the harm caused by a caretaker’s negligence as quickly as possible and protecting the injured person’s right to recovery, it is important to contact an attorney as quickly as possible. Evidence can be collected and action can be taken to start the recovery process. A skilled and practiced nursing home abuse lawyer will be able to provide useful advice and guidance as to how to proceed.

How Does COVID-19 Affect Nursing Home Abuse Claims?

Nursing homes and elderly residences are responsible for protecting the health and safety of their residents. While it is not possible to prevent every case, this is not an excuse for a care facility or caretaker to provide substandard care. These facilities and caretakers can and should be held responsible for injuries caused by their negligence.

What are the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?

Nursing home and elder abuse can take many forms. While this list is not complete, some common signs and reasons to be suspicious are outlined below. If you witness any of these common signs, contact an attorney to discuss.

Common signs of nursing home abuse include:

  • Bedsores,
  • Bruises and/or bleeding,
  • Emotional Withdrawal,
  • Unexplained behavioral changes,
  • Evasiveness around caretakers,
  • Poor diet or nutrition,
  • Unexplained or recurring infections and diseases,
  • Significant financial or legal changes.

Elder and nursing home abuse can come in a wide variety of forms. Some examples are:

  • Physical abuse,
  • Sexual abuse,
  • Failure to provide adequate care,
  • Or mental abuse.

Learn more about common signs of nursing home abuse.

Why File a Lawsuit for Nursing Home Abuse?

Filing a lawsuit can help provide for the recovery of the injured party. If you or a loved one were injured due to the negligent actions of a care provider, they should be responsible for the damages they caused.

The injuries suffered as the result of the neglect of a caretaker can and should be recoverable. Some of these damages can include:

  • Pain and suffering,
  • Medical expenses,
  • Lost income,
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.

These damages can be costly and without the help of a skilled nursing home abuse lawyer, it may be difficult or impossible to make the responsible party pay.

Talk to a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Florida

Our law firm has years of experience fighting for the recovery of individuals injured by nursing home abuse and neglect. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation to learn more about how we can help.

Our law firm is open and providing full service to our clients during the pandemic while practicing safe social distancing. Call 850-434-8778 or message us on our website to receive your free case review.