Every nursing home resident deserves the opportunity to live without the fear of abuse or neglect. If your loved one has suffered abuse in a Titusville nursing home, they could be entitled to seek monetary compensation.
Pursuing compensation could be difficult without an attorney by your side, as these cases can be complicated. Nursing homes and their insurance companies often have substantial resources to fight back against these claims.
A Titusville nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm could work to hold them accountable. We will fight relentlessly for justice in your case. To learn more, call (321) 567-5470 for a free consultation with Bogin, Munns & Munns today.
Damages That We May Be Able to Seek for Your Case
There is a variety of monetary compensation that could result from a successful nursing home abuse claim. Determining the amount of compensation your loved one could be entitled to pursue is one of the ways your attorney could help you move your legal claim forward.
Examples of compensation could include:
- Medical Expenses. For many nursing home residents, the costs associated with medical treatment following abuse could be substantial. These costs could include the treatment of injuries or illnesses sustained from the abuse. Alternatively, acts of neglect could necessitate medical treatment for existing health conditions that were ignored.
- Property Loss. In cases of financial abuse, your loved one could seek compensation for any assets that were lost and stolen.
- Relocation Expenses. Some nursing home residents will never be comfortable remaining in the facility where their abuse occurred. In these cases, it could be possible to recover compensation for the cost of relocating your loved one to a different facility.
- Pain and Suffering. Often, the pain and suffering that comes with physical abuse can be significant. Your loved one could be entitled to pursue monetary damages based on the degree of their physical pain.
These are only a few of the types of compensation that could be available in a nursing home abuse case. The attorneys of Bogin, Munns, and Munns could help you identify all of the compensation your loved one is entitled to seek.
We will Gather Evidence of Your Loved One’s Harm
In some cases, it may seem difficult to gather evidence, as abusive actions may appear invisible or hidden. However, we will work to show that your loved one was hurt by the nursing home facility staff and that they should be held liable. To do so, we can collect any relevant witness testimony, your loved one’s medical records, security camera footage, and more.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are five general types of nursing home abuse. If these or any other forms of abuse caused your loved one to be harmed, we will seek evidence to demonstrate your loved one’s case.
Some forms of nursing home abuse that we will investigate include:
- Physical Abuse. Physical abuse occurs when an unlawful use of physical force results in the injury or illness of a nursing home resident. This physical force could include pushing, biting, or punching a resident. Physical abuse could also involve the unnecessary use of chemical or physical restraint on a nursing home resident.
- Financial Abuse. Financial abuse occurs when a person uses, tampers with, or steals the assets of a nursing home resident without their consent.
- Sexual Abuse. Sexual abuse involves any unwanted sexual act of any kind with a nursing home resident. This could include anything from sexual assault to a person exposing themselves to a nursing home resident.
- Emotional Abuse. Emotional abuse, also frequently referred to as psychological abuse, involves verbal or nonverbal communication that can cause distress or fear in a nursing home resident. Emotional abuse runs the spectrum from shouting at a resident to giving them the silent treatment.
- Neglect. Neglect occurs when a nursing home resident’s caretaker fails to provide for their basic needs. This could include the lack of access to food, hygiene, or medical care. Some incidents of neglect are intentional, while others occur due to negligence.
While the specifics of every allegation differ, there is little doubt that each of these types of abuse can have a dramatic impact on a resident’s health, finances, and happiness. We can help you and your loved one seek justice.
Steps to Take If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
If you suspect your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, it is understandable if you are unclear on your next steps. Making an allegation of abuse is a serious step, but the health and safety of your loved one are the top priority.
You may take the following steps:
- Make a report. You have the option to report abuse allegations directly to a state authority. The Florida Department of Children and Families offers an online form that accepts reports of abuse. If the report is substantiated, the nursing home facility may face consequences as a result.
- Pursue criminal charges. Elders in Florida have a right to live free of fear from abuse, according to Florida Statutes §429.28. You could have the option to pursue criminal charges. A criminal investigation may run concurrently with a personal injury claim, allowing you to both seek compensation for your loved one’s losses and seek to punish the liable party.
- Speak with a lawyer from our firm. We can help you determine your options for pursuing a personal injury case and/or criminal charges. We can also answer any questions you may have about forms of compensation you could seek and how we can help.
The good news is that you do not have to face these choices on your own. A Titusville nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm could help you through every step in the process of a claim or lawsuit.
To discuss your options, call (321) 567-5470 for a free consultation with someone from Bogin, Munns & Munns today.
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At Bogin, Munns & Munns, we can help you fight for justice and compensation for a loved one who has been abused or neglected in a nursing home. We can stand by your side through every step of your case. You do not have to be alone in the process.
To learn more about pursuing a claim or lawsuit, call (321) 567-5470 for a free consultation.