Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Coral Springs
Protecting the Rights of Florida’s Most Vulnerable
For more than 36 years, nursing homes in cities throughout Broward and
Palm Beach County have felt the wrath of our client’s families suing
them for negligence and abuse with the help of our firm.
Negligence in nursing homes used to be rampant in Florida. Lawsuits and
strong federal and Florida laws have helped curbed the abuses that used
to much more frequently occur in Florida. Several years ago, we obtained
a $1.8 million jury verdict for the family of a woman who the nursing
home allowed to fall 8 times in a short period of time. The case was settled
confidentially after a large jury verdict in the punitive damages stage
of the trial. Our law firm has been handling nursing home cases in South
Florida since the late 1980’s.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
The process of aging affects each person differently. Some individuals
are healthy and live independently in their private residence or retirement
community. However, for individuals who require medical assistance, often
their first option is a nursing home. While nursing homes seem to be a
fit option for the frail elderly, it is important to note that some nursing
homes are abusive to the elderly, and in some cases, the abuse may lead
to serious injury or death. Elderly abuse or mistreatment signifies any
type of intentional harm or negligent actions to an elderly person.
Examples of mistreatment include but are not limited to:
- Physical abuse (hitting, bruising, restraining, etc.)
- Sexual abuse
- Neglect such as failure to provide food, hygienic services, or the appropriate
healthcare required for the individual
- Exploitation such as taking or misusing money, jewelry, or other valuable
assets from the elderly individual for another person’s benefit
- Emotional abuse such as humiliating, intimidating, or threatening the elderly person
- Self-neglect – characterized as the failure of a person to perform
essential, self-care tasks and that such failure threatens their health or safety
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Further, family members and friends of seniors living in nursing home facilities
should be aware of the signs of abuse.
The following is a list of possible signs of negligence or mistreatment
of the elderly indicated by
the Department of Health and Human Services:
- Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns may be an indication
of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment.
- Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness,
and unusual depression may be indicators of emotional abuse.
- Bruises around the breasts or genital area can occur from sexual abuse.
- Sudden changes in financial situations may be the result of exploitation.
- Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and unusual weight loss
are indicators of possible neglect.
- Behavior such as belittling, threats, and other uses of power and control
by spouses are indicators of verbal or emotional abuse.
- Strained or tense relationships and frequent arguments between the caregiver
and elderly person are also signs.
Nursing Home Abuse Laws and Regulations
In an effort to reduce and prevent elderly abuse, the Elderly Justice Act
was passed. The act provides funding for adult protective services and
establishes an advisory board committed to coming up with goals and projects
to prevent elderly abuse. In addition, nursing homes are required to report
abuse and/or any suspicion of mistreatment. The reports are used to come
up with statistics, which provide guidance on what types of abuse are
more prominent and help the advisory boards come up with adequate goals
and solutions to the problem areas.
Mr. Cytryn, the head attorney and founder of the firm, handled a nursing
home negligence case that involved an elderly woman. Our client developed
bed sores in 2 regions of her body. The defendant facility’s staff
charting failed to show that our client had been bathed or received any
kind of hygienic services for 11 straight days. In addition, the charts
failed to show she had received dinner for 6 days in a row, and no treatment
for the bed sores was documented. Upon investigation, the jury found the
nursing home’s negligence to be responsible for our client’s
injuries. The best offer was $150,000. Unfortunately, our client passed
away before the case settled (due to natural causes). Subsequently, the
jury awarded $959,900 for the case, including punitive damages. The case
went up on appeal, and we established some more new laws in the state
of Florida. The recovery for the case was given to the client’s
How to Choose a Nursing Home
To find the best nursing homes in Florida for your loved ones, you must
do the research. The best place to start is
Nursing Home Compare.
Before making a decision on a place, the individual or family member should
evaluate the elderly person’s medical needs. Each person is different,
and some people may have specific medical needs that select nursing home
facilities may specialize in. Additionally, the individual should feel
comfortable in the nursing home and should be satisfied with the amenities
and services provided by the facility. Also, the person and family members
involved in the decision making should visit several nursing homes and
take a look at the cleanliness, staff, and whether other residents seem
satisfied with the facility. After narrowing down the choices, the elderly
individual and family members should visit the facilities a second time,
without an appointment. The purpose of the second visit would be to observe
the facility on a regular day, rather than a scheduled visit.
Get Started on Your Case Today
If you or a loved one have suffered from nursing home abuse, it is important
to hire an attorney with the experience to handle the complicated legal
issues that arise from these cases. Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez,
P.A. has the knowledge, experience, and reliability to fight for your
injuries. Our extensive network of doctors and experts will work with
you to ensure you or your family member receive the best possible care
and treatment during the course of your case.
Is the expense of hiring an attorney preventing you from filing a claim?
You will be relieved to know our firm offers a
free consultation. In addition, we work on a contingency basis, which means you do not owe
us anything unless our Coral Springs nursing home abuse lawyers attain
recovery for your case.
If you believe your family member is a victim of elderly abuse, call our
law office now at
(954) 833-1440 to prevent further pain or suffering to your loved one.