When a family is no longer able to care for an elderly loved one, they often place that person in a nursing home, with the expectation that he or she will receive better care than they are able to provide. The decision to place a loved one into a nursing home is often very difficult, but families make this emotional and financial sacrifice in the hopes of affording their loved one a better life. Unfortunately, in some cases, vulnerable, elderly, and seriously ill patients are subjected to abuse at the hands of their caregivers, and the result is a loss of dignity and trust, along with possible serious injury or even wrongful death. At the Titusville, Cocoa, and Melbourne, Central Florida law offices of Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., each nursing home neglect and elder abuse lawyer is dedicated to protecting the rights of these most vulnerable citizens and their families and holding all parties responsible for abuse fully accountable under the law.
Video: Nursing Home Abuse – Cocoa, Titusville, and Melbourne
At Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., we have both legal and personal experience in dealing with nursing home neglect and elder abuse cases. In this clip, nursing home abuse attorney Mr. Charpentier gives some useful tips on how to select the proper nursing home or assisted living facility for your loved one.
Signs of Nursing Home and Elder Abuse
Nursing home neglect and elder abuse can be physical, emotional, financial, or any combination thereof. In many cases in which abuse is involved, victims feel too confused or afraid to make their plight known. If you have made the decision to place a loved one into the care of a nursing home, it is important that you be aware of these potential signs of abuse:
- Weight loss
- Changes in banking practices
- Unpaid bills
- Changes to a will
Though the vast majority of nursing home caregivers have their patients’ best interests at heart, some caregivers may prey upon the vulnerability of these patients. Family members cannot be too vigilant when selecting a nursing home for their loved ones, and should be aware of these potential signs of abuse. If you suspect that your loved one has suffered mistreatment at the hands of a caregiver, it is crucial that you seek help immediately to prevent further harm. A Melbourne, Central Florida nursing home neglect and elder abuse lawyer from our firm can help you investigate the situation and, if abuse is present, hold negligent parties fully accountable.
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Patients in nursing homes are often defenseless against abuse and neglect, and the responsibility to ensure the safety of these vulnerable patients falls on their families and friends. If you suspect that your loved one may be a victim of nursing home neglect or elder abuse, it is important that you contact us immediately so that we may begin a thorough investigation. While no amount of money can make up for the feelings of guilt and betrayal families feel after learning that a loved one has been victimized by his or her caregivers, compensation awarded in a lawsuit can help ensure that he or she receives the very best care in the future. Our attorneys can help victims and their families recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, and other damages. Contact a Melbourne, Central Florida nursing home neglect and elder abuse lawyer from Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. today to have your claim reviewed.