After suffering injuries in an abusive situation at a nursing home, your loved one may have physical injuries and emotional trauma. This means you can seek compensation for his or her pain, suffering, and medical bills.
As an Ocala nursing home abuse lawyer, the team at Bogin, Munns & Munns understands the challenges of these kinds of cases. We will stand up for you and your loved one’s rights, refusing to let insurance lawyers intimidate you.
We Will Work Tirelessly to Seek the Settlement You Deserve
Some of the items for which we can help you pursue an award after a personal injury case include:
- Reimbursement for emergency medical care
- Estimated medical costs your loved one could incur for ongoing care
- Reimbursement for prescription medication related to treating the injuries
- Reimbursement for physical therapy sessions
- Reimbursement for a stay at a rehabilitation center
- Awards for pain and suffering
- Awards for disfigurement or scarring
- Awards for a reduction in quality of life
- Awards for emotional trauma
Once you hire us, we will stand by your side against insurance companies that are trying to treat you unfairly.
To consult with an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer serving Ocala, call 855-686-6752
We Will Help You Determine Whether Abuse Occurred
When your loved one suffers an injury at a nursing home, it is possible that the injury was the result of an unpreventable accident. Other times, though, injuries can result when the caregivers at the facility do not follow proper procedures or intentionally harm a resident.
Determining whether the injuries occurred because of an abusive situation is not always easy, unfortunately. Sometimes, the caregiver will lie about what happened. Sometimes, your loved one may be too embarrassed to discuss how the injuries occurred.
Our team will work tirelessly to chase down the facts in the case. One of the ways our team will help you is by searching for signs of abuse. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), these may including the following:
Signs of Physical Abuse
We will try to determine that physical abuse is occurring by looking for certain physical injuries. These may include:
- Unexplained bruising: Bruising from an accident could occur on the legs from bumping into things. Bruising from abuse may appear on the face or upper chest.
- Unexplained broken bones and cuts: If your loved one has suffered cuts or broken bones but he or she claims an inability to remember how they happened, this could be a sign of hiding the truth because of embarrassment over the abuse.
- Unexplained burns: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), burns represent a common form of abuse.
Signs of Neglect
Neglect is another form of abuse that occurs at a nursing home. Some signs of neglect may include:
- Bedsores: Bedsores may appear on the resident when nursing home personnel neglect the victim by failing to move him or her often enough, leading to these painful injuries.
- Personal hygiene problems: Some nursing home residents need help from caregivers with basic day-to-day hygiene, such as bathing, hair care, nail care, and teeth brushing. When your loved one is not receiving help with these items, neglectful abuse is possibly occurring.
Signs of Emotional Abuse
As an Ocala nursing home abuse lawyer, we will also work to help you determine whether emotional abuse is occurring. Signs may include:
- Acting withdrawn: Fear over abuse can lead to the victim acting abnormally, including becoming withdrawn and refusing to interact with others. He or she may act scared when the abuser is nearby as well.
- Mood swings: Someone suffering from emotional abuse could undergo unusual mood swings. The victim may be happy and friendly one minute and sullen the next minute.
During our investigation, the team at Bogin, Munns & Munns may find that signs from multiple abuse categories are occurring. This could provide more evidence for the case we are trying to build.
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Residents with Dementia and Physical Disabilities May Be More Likely to Face Abuse
Another way we will help you try to figure out whether abuse is occurring to your loved one is by determining whether your loved one fits the profile of abuse victims.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), studies show that 27.5% to 55% of those with dementia may be victims of abuse. Perpetrators of abuse may believe dementia patients will not fight back or that authorities will not believe what dementia patients claim happened.
Nursing home residents with disabilities also can be susceptible to abuse, as they may be too weak to fight back. If your loved one fits into either of these categories, this information can help us prove that abuse is more likely to have occurred.
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We Can Help You Take on the Task of Fighting Back Against Abuse
Sometimes, victims of nursing home abuse may be leery of starting a personal injury case. The elderly victims may worry about upsetting someone or about causing trouble for any of the caregivers at the facility.
However, as an Ocala nursing home abuse lawyer, we do not recommend ignoring the problem. By standing up to the administration at the nursing home, we can work toward solving the problem. For some facilities, it takes facing a personal injury lawsuit to cause them to make the changes they need to make to protect their residents.
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Call Bogin, Munns & Munns today at (352) 690-7400 for a free consultation about your case. Once you choose to hire us, we will always be available to answer questions and provide advice about your case.
We will use the experience we have gathered representing nursing home victims in past cases to help you seek the best outcome. Although we will provide advice on how you should handle the progression of the case, the final decision always rests with you.