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nursing homeWhen you send a loved one to a nursing home, you expect them to receive proper attention. The sad reality is that many nursing home residents suffer from preventable conditions, such as bedsores, simply because of inadequate care or neglect on the part of the nursing home facility. If you or your loved one has developed bedsores while in the care of a Florida nursing home, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami nursing home attorneys can examine the circumstances of your case and determine your eligibility for compensation.

Bedsores are a common problem in nursing homes in Florida and throughout the United States. A bedsore, also sometimes known as a pressure sore or a pressure ulcer, is a sore that develops because of pressure caused by lying in bed in one position for a long period of time. The sores are essentially lesions to the skin. Put another way, the bedsores are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue. Bedsores can lead to a number of health concerns, including infections, sepsis, gangrene, and, in the most serious cases, even death.

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Close up of a mobile phone with a touch screen. Focus is on the phone with small DOF.If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you expect them to be treated competently and respectfully. Unfortunately, elder home abuse is prevalent. According to an article by the Washington Post, abusive photos and videos of the elderly are increasingly being posted on Snapchat. This is perhaps the last thing one would expect. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami injury attorneys can help you hold negligent nursing homes accountable for the harm they cause.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 1.4 million people across the United States reside in nursing homes. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, elder abuse is defined as “intentional actions that cause harm or create a serious risk of harm (whether intended or unintended) to a vulnerable elder by a caregiver or other person who stands in a trust relationship to the elder.” This encompasses the failure of a caregiver to satisfy the elder individual’s basic needs or to protect the elder individual from harm.

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Choosing a nursing home for a loved one is never easy. No matter how cautious you are in picking the right facility, things can go wrong. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse lead to many deaths each year. If your loved one died in a nursing home, you may be able to take legal action against the facility. Florida law protects the rights of nursing home residents and allows certain surviving family members to pursue wrongful death claims. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami wrongful death attorneys understand this area of the law and can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve for your harm.

Recently, a Delray Beach man filed a wrongful death claim against the Whitehall Boca, where his 72-year-old mother was recovering from pneumonia. The man claimed that his mother had a medical condition that made it very difficult for her to eat, drink, or swallow food.

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nursing home roomWhen you make the difficult decision to put your loved one in a nursing home, you want to have the peace of mind in knowing that his or her basic needs will be addressed. Unfortunately, in many cases, not only are elders neglected in nursing homes, they are abused by the very people who are supposed to take care of them. The consequences of nursing home negligence and abuse can be devastating for the victim and their families.

Nursing home negligence is a huge problem in the United States. The Florida Healthcare Association reports that there are 682 nursing homes in Florida that are 85% occupied at any given time. The high number of residents in nursing homes signals the sheer number of people who are vulnerable to neglect and abuse.

While every situation is different, some of the common signs of neglect or abuse include: 1) complaints or accounts of verbal abuse; 2) signs of physical abuse, such as cuts, burns, or bruises; 3) odd or bizarre behavior; 4) rapid weight change; 5) bed sores or pressure sores; 6) emotional withdrawal; or any other signs that would signal less than ideal living conditions. Continue reading →