The decision to place an elderly relative in a nursing home or other care facility is one no family makes lightly. Your loved one’s health, safety, and happiness in their golden years are at stake, so it is important to find a place where their needs can be met. Unfortunately, many seniors suffer serious injuries and even die due to abuse and neglect in nursing homes. As a state with a prominent aged population, Florida has a tragically high rate of negligence and misconduct in facilities entrusted with the care of the elderly.
What Is Neglect in a Nursing Home?
Neglect is the failure of nursing home staff to provide reasonable care for residents. Most cases of neglect are the result of issues such as:UnderstaffingOverworked staffPoorly trained, under-qualified, or inexperienced staffInsufficient supervision of staffResidents who isolate themselvesResidents isolated by staff membersResidents who are incapable of or afraid to report neglectNursing home neglect may be physical, emotional, and/or medical.
Physical Neglect in Nursing Homes
Bedsores are perhaps the most serious sign of nursing home neglect. Known medically as decubitus pressure ulcers, bedsores occur when an individual confined to bed is left lying in the same place for too long. The pressure on the skin causes sores to form. Over time, the bedsore may penetrate the skin and affect underlying tissue. Our Attorneys have seen tragic nursing home abuse and neglect cases where bedsores have become infected, endangering the health and lives of residents.Physical neglect can take on a number of other forms as well, including:Failure to provide adequate nutritionFailure to provide adequate hydrationFailure to assist residents with personal hygiene needs, including bathing, grooming, using the bathroom, and laundering clothesFailure to clean residents’ living quarters and other areas of the facilityInadequate supervision, resulting in injuries from falls, choking on food or drink, and residents wandering away from the propertyThe neglect of the staff may impact the safety not only of the residents but of the property itself. This can increase the risk of hazards we see in other types of premises liability claims, including faulty handrails, ripped and uneven carpeting, poor lighting, unsafe stairs, defective elevators, cracked pavement, and more.
Emotional Neglect in Nursing Homes
Like anybody, seniors need to have more than their basic needs met to have a good quality of life. Residents of nursing homes may suffer from medical issues or take medications that make them feel anxious or depressed. Others may withdraw because they don’t get along with the other residents or miss their family and living independently.Whatever the case, nursing home staff have a duty to supervise the residents for self-isolating and other behavioral issues. They have a responsibility to listen to residents who are unhappy and take appropriate action.Emotional neglect doesn’t just affect a senior’s state of mind. It might make it possible for abuse to go unchecked.
Medical Neglect in Nursing Homes
One of the major responsibilities of nursing homes, assisted living centers, and other facilities is to provide care for elderly residents with medical issues. Unfortunately, inexperienced and untrained staff are often given these important responsibilities, resulting in serious lapses of care.
Neglect often involves issues with medication such as:
Failure to provide residents with the correct medication
Failure to provide residents with the prescribed dose of medication
Failure to ensure residents take their medication
Delayed or irregular administration of medications with inadequate supervision, residents may also suffer from a wide range of undetected medical issues. Undiagnosed infections, illnesses, injuries, and emergencies such as a heart attack or stroke may become life-threatening if the staff is neglectful.
Nearly everyone has been behind the wheel at some point in their life and many people drive daily. In fact, Americans collectively spend 70 BILLION HOURS behind the wheel!!! This statistic is astounding, and the driving population in the United States is estimated around 230 million. With so many people on the road; especially, here in Florida, it is not shocking that car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and, in severe cases, death.
Nearly 1.25 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day.
Road traffic crashes rank as the 9th leading cause of death and account for 2.2% of all deaths globally.
Each year nearly 400,000 people under 25 die on the world’s roads, on average over 1,000 a day.
Road crashes cost USD $518 billion globally, costing individual countries from 1-2% of their annual GDP.
Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year due to the negligence of other drivers.
Sadly, over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year due to the gross negligence of other cars on the road.
Nearly 8,000 people are killed in crashes involving drivers ages 16-20; the lack of experience and knowledge of young drivers regularly leads to more negligent injuries than any other age group.
Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person
Now, we here in South Florida, including those of us in Miami-Dade, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, all love our sunny beaches, wonderful weather, and great atmosphere, but so does everyone else, which results in a huge population, with both local and tourist alike that flooding our roads with passenger cars. The question then becomes, “what can you do to ensure the safety of yourself and your passengers when on these packed South Florida roads?” Many auto-accidents and the resulting injuries are predictable and preventable! When driving on the road in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, or any road for that matter, make sure to take note of the following tools to help you stay safe.
Raising awareness of, legislating and enforcing laws governing speed limits, alcohol impairment, seat-belt use, child restraints and safety helmets.
Formulating and implementing transport and land-use policies that promote safer and more efficient trips; encouraging the use of safer modes of travel, such as public transport; and incorporating injury prevention measures into traffic management and road design.
Making vehicles more protective and visible for occupants, pedestrians and cyclists; using daytime running lights, high-mounted brake lights and reflective materials on cycles, carts, rickshaws and other non-motorized forms of transport.
What to do if you've been in a car accident:
Sometimes, collisions, auto accidents, and the resulting injuries and damages are unavoidable. The average person will experience an auto collision once every 18 years roughly. So, when an accident does happen, contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney that both cares about you and your family and will provide zealous representation to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries as a result of this auto accident.
What do you need to do to recover money after a car accident in Florida?
There are three things that are necessary when seeking monetary recovery after an auto accident:
1. There needs to be damages and or injuries (commonly including neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, leg pain, whiplash, broken bones, internal damage, pain and suffering, and again, in severe cases, traumatic brain injuries or even wrongful death).
2. The other party needs to be at fault, or at least, more at fault than yourself.
3. There needs to be coverage (Please feel free to read our other post providing detailed information on insurance coverage in Florida, including Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County).
Right after an auto accident, be sure to leave your car and make sure everyone is alright and safe. Remember to always contact the police and/or law enforcement as they are there to help and will assist in helping bring your case to a clear resolution later.
Contact Demesmin and Dover to help recover your damages!
We have given you a lot of information here, and we are sure all of this may seem overwhelming when in the midst of it all, which is why you should reach out to us here at Demesmin and Dover after an auto accident for a free case evaluation, and we can help you and your loved ones navigate through it, while alleviating the stress because We Care More.