North Lauderdale Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Is your loved one being abused in a nursing home in North Lauderdale? Do you suspect that your loved one’s death is due to nursing home abuse? Does your loved one live in a nursing home and have unexplained bruising in various stages of healing? If you or someone you know is showing any signs of abuse, our best piece of advice is to contact a personal injury lawyer with experience handling nursing home abuse cases. Dan Cytryn, the founding attorney of our personal injury firm has more than 36 years of experience handling nursing home abuse cases and would like to do the same for you.Some of the Benefits of Working With Us:
- We have a track record of successfully handling nursing home cases (Take a look at our Verdicts and Settlements page)
- There are no upfront fees or costs to meet with an attorney
- We limit our case load in order to better serve you
Typically people who have loved ones living in nursing homes suspect abuse when their family member falls, has fractures, or has unexplained bruising. However, when it comes to bed sores, many believe they are an inevitable part of aging or being immobile but that is a misconception. The fact is that bed sores are largely preventable by simply repositioning immobile residents frequently, keeping bony prominences cushioned, maintaining hygienic needs, and providing adequate nutrition.
Bed sores (also known as decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers) form when a person’s body presses against the skin for a very long time. When that happens, the skin’s blood supply is cut off and results in skin injury. If the pressure is not relieved, the skin will become red and remain red rather than turning white when pressed with a finger. This is known as a stage 1 ulcer. Often at this stage, the individual and family will not realize that a bed sore has formed because there is no sign of ulceration. If the bed sore is not detected at this stage it can advance to more severe stages and cause other problems such as infection or even death.
Nursing homes have the obligation to provide safe and adequate care to all of their residents. In 1987, the Nursing Home Reform Act established the Residents’ Bill of Rights to residents of Nursing Homes. The rights were put in place to protect nursing home residents’ dignity and needs. The Nursing Home Abuse Guide lists the Residents’ Bill of Rights as follows:
- The right to privacy
- Accommodation of all needs
- Communicate Freely
- To be treated with dignity
- To be free of mistreatment, abuse, or neglect
- To exercise self-determination
- Voice grievances without facing reprisal
- To be free from physical restraints
- Participate in family and resident groups
- Participate in their own care such as notice of changes in treatment
If you suspect that your loved is a victim of nursing home abuse of any kind including unexplained bruising, bed sores, or any other kind of negligence, contact us now toll-free at 1-877-853-7466 for your free consultation. Don’t wait another day! Call us now to see how we can assist you.