Sunrise-Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
We have handled many nursing home cases in Sunrise and the surrounding South Florida area for many years. Our law firm handled our first nursing home case in about 1989, and since then we have handled (or reviewed) hundreds more. Before putting a loved one in a nursing home, it is not sufficient to simply go visit the facility. Many nursing homes put on this ‘front’, but you don’t see what goes on, particularly on the night shift. Staffing shortages is the biggest issue. People calling in sick on night shifts (when family usually does NOT visit) are one of the main reasons that residents are injured in nursing homes. Many times a resident needs to use the bathroom, and despite using the call bell, nobody comes, so the residents gets up themselves, as they don’t want to have an ‘accident’ in bed. They fall, and the rest is history.
The best thing you can do for your loved one is to look at the inspections of the nursing homes rated by Medicare.This is the best way to get ratings of the nursing home from the government. Many of these ratings result from surprise ‘visits’ (inspections) when the facility is not expecting it, which is of course, the best way to see what’s really going on..
Many victims of nursing home abuse do not report their abuse because they fear retaliation from the abuser. It is often up to family members or friends of the victims to observe changes in behavioral patterns and confront the individual. It is important for family members of individuals living in nursing homes to be aware of signs of elder abuse. The following is a list of warning signs of elder abuse provided by The Department of Health and Human Services:
- Physical abuse (hitting, bruising, restraining, etc.)
- Sexual abuse
- Failure to provide food, hygienic services, or the appropriate health care required for the individual
- Exploitation such as taking, or misusing money, jewelry, or other valuable assets from the 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 his/her own health or safety
At the Law Offices of Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A., we have a team of lawyers dedicated to providing quality service for each of our clients. Our firm works with doctors in Sunrise and surrounding cities to ensure clients are receiving quality treatment and to facilitate recuperation.
Often, people hesitate contacting a lawyer because of their financial concern. We are happy to inform prospective clients that our firm works on a contingency basis. In other words, you do not pay any fees or costs unless our attorneys are able to attain successful recovery for your case.
Are you unsure if you have a case? You or a family member can call our firm and speak to one of our intake specialists during your free consultation. We will discuss the details of your case and let you know in a timely manner if we will be able to represent you for your mistreatment. Once we determine we can help you, our office will set up a meeting for you to meet with an attorney.
For individuals who are unable to come to our office, we will have an attorney or representative come to you.
If you have been mistreated in a nursing home facility, it is essential to have an experienced attorney represent you for your case. Dan Cytryn, the founder and lead attorney of the firm has handled personal injury cases for more than 36 years. He has lectured at several attorney organizations on a variety of topics pertaining to his field of law. In addition Mr. Cytryn is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, a title that only a little over 1% of lawyers have in the state of Florida. If you would like to see examples of results our firm has attained, visit our verdicts and settlements page. Also, take a look at what clients say about us.
Are you a victim of elder abuse in Sunrise? Call our office now toll free at 1-877-853-7466 for your free consultation to see if we will be able to help you with your case. Our intake specialists are always available to discuss your case.