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Nursing Home Abuse – Neglect

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Protecting the Rights of Nursing Home Abuse Victims
Putting your loved one in the care of nursing home professionals is a sacred trust. When that trust is violated through abuse or neglect, you need experienced and aggressive advocates on your side. At Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. in Jacksonville, Florida, we will hold nursing homes accountable for their negligence.

 

Do Not Tolerate Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse and neglect can result in a variety of injuries and potentially fatal medical conditions. Bedsores are not a minor skin irritation- as they can result in lasting injury, and even death. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has defined pressure ulcers (bed sores) as “never events” – errors in medical care that are clearly identifiable, preventable and serious in their consequences for patients. The occurrence of “never events” indicates there is a problem in the safety and credibility of a health care facility.  Additionally, dehydration and malnutrition do not just happen without someone acting in a negligent way.  Call now and speak with an attorney.

Types of Abuse & Neglect

Physical-Any action that causes physical pain, injuries, scars or disfigurement

Fractures • Open Wounds • Cuts • Broken Bones • Bruises • Black Eyes • Internal Injuries
Dislocations • Drug Overdose • Broken Eyeglasses • Signs of Restraint

Sexual- any kind of sexual activity carried out without consent
Touching Genitals • Fondling • Bruising around Breasts or Genitals
Unexplained Vaginal or Anal Bleeding • Torn, Stained, or Bloody Underclothes
Emotional-  act that results in emotional suffering or psychological disturbance
Insults • Threats • Intimidation • Deprivation of Needs • Emotional Stress
Behavior that mimics Dementia: Rocking • Sucking • Mumbling
Financial- unauthorized use of funds or property
Significant Withdrawals • Sudden Changes in Financial Condition • Items or Cash Missing •
Suspicious Changes in Wills, Power of Attorney or Titles • Unpaid Bills • Financial Activity Person is Incapable of Doing
Neglect- failure to fulfill care-taking obligation
Unusual Weight Loss • Malnutrition • Dehydration • Untreated Physical Ailments • Bedsores
Unsanitary Living Conditions • Dirty/Unbathed • Unsuitable Clothing • Unsafe Living Conditions
Health Care Fraud- fraud by unethical doctors, hospitals and other care providers
Not Providing Health care but Charging for it • Overcharging or Double Billing • Kickbacks for Referrals or Prescriptions
Over and Under-Medicating • Recommending Fraudulent Remedies • Medicaid Fraud • Facility Problems

 Time is of the Essence in Securing Legal Representation
It is important to protect the ones you love. Medical providers have a responsibility to provide basic levels of care as defined by the law and individual facilities’ policies and procedures. Do not hesitate to contact us if you suspect a loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse. We will get to work immediately and investigate your claim. If negligence is found and evidence of abuse exists, we will ensure that the nursing home is held responsible and your loved one is protected. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced attorney, please contact us.

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