In West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, and throughout the Treasure Coast, many families have loved ones residing in nursing homes. Nursing home care providers have a professional duty to prevent both injury and suffering of their patients. Nursing home neglect can occur when a patient does not receive the emotional, physical and psychological care needed to maintain a quality of life. When a facility or care provider commits nursing home neglect, the victim has a legal right to seek compensation for pain and suffering.

Nursing home neglect can be difficult for your love one to express. They may be physically or emotionally unable to properly convey his or her experiences to you.

Nursing Home Abuse

There are signs, however, that may indicate your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect. They include: unexplained accidents or injuries, extreme changes in your loved one’s condition in a short period of time, signs of dehydration or malnutrition, bed sores, unclean conditions, daily living needs not met, fractures, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death, and any other signs of physical or mental suffering.

The Federal Nursing Home Reform Act was enacted to provide national nursing home standards of care and specifically states the rights of nursing home patients. Facilities are evaluated periodically to ensure every facility is in compliance with the law. Although these laws now exist to protect patients, nursing home neglect is still a common problem in the United States.

If you or a loved one has suffered nursing home neglect or abuse, call Kibbey | Wagner now at (772) 286-0023.