Far too often loved ones are abused and neglected in nursing homes in Florida. Part of the problem stems from understaffed nursing homes, which leads to difficulties in the level of care that staff members can provide to residents. Nevertheless, patients of nursing homes are entitled to receive a high-level of care and be able to reside in a safe place that is free from abuse and neglect.
When our loved ones live in nursing homes, we expect the staff at the facility to watch over them and provide the necessary care and medical attention. In fact, nursing homes have a duty to provide their residents with proper medical care and other services. So when a senior is placed in a nursing home, it is safe to say that he or she should be given appropriate medical treatment. However, many nursing homes fail to provide seniors with good care and attention.
Unfortunately, elderly patients in nursing homes experience medical neglect that can cost them their health and lives. Some common examples of medical neglect in a Florida nursing home may look like one of the following scenarios:
- Staff fails to provide residents with timely and proper medical attention
- Worker denies patients necessary medication
- Staff overmedicates residents
- Worker fails to call an ambulance or transfer a patient to a hospital when emergency medical care is needed
- Staff fails to monitor residents’ physical and mental health
- Worker fails to treat apparent symptoms
- Staff fails to diagnose symptoms
Nursing homes have a responsibility to give their residents timely medical care. When they fail to do so, a resident’s condition can change and go downhill quickly. For example, when negligent and careless nursing home workers fail to treat common ailments, residents can suffer the consequences. Because most nursing home patients are already weak and have other health conditions, it is even more critical that nursing home workers give their residents the necessary medical care to preserve their health.
Has Your Loved One Suffered Due to Medical Neglect?
If your family member was living in a nursing home or assisted living facility and the facility did not handle his or her medical situation properly, that facility can be held liable for your loved one’s injuries, medical bills, or even wrongful death. If medical neglect in a Florida nursing home resulted in physical injury to your loved one or a deterioration of your family member’s condition, you need to hold the nursing home accountable for their actions.
Contact the Mallard Law Firm for legal help today. Our nursing home abuse attorneys will do everything we can to make sure you and your family are compensated properly for the wrongs your loved one has suffered. Call us for a free initial consultation today at 888-409-3805.