Bradenton Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Families in Bradenton find it difficult enough to transition an elderly loved one to a nursing home or other assisted living facility. The situation can be devastating when families learn or suspect that their loved one has been subjected to abuse or neglect. It is important for them to know that they can turn to a family-run law firm that understands them and will fight for the justice and compensation they deserve.
The attorneys of Buckman & Buckman, P.A., have protected the rights of nursing home abuse and neglect victims in Bradenton and surrounding areas of Manatee County for more than 20 years. We know how important it is for families to get answers about what happened to their loved one as well as to recover compensation for the harm they have suffered. We are committed to pursuing the maximum amount for our clients.
If you believe that your loved one has suffered harm due to nursing home abuse or neglect in Bradenton, call or reach us online today for a free consultation. We are ready to review your case and discuss your options.
Signs of Abuse and Neglect in Bradenton Nursing Homes
It is important to visit your loved one in a Bradenton nursing home. You can visually inspect the facility and observe your loved one’s interactions with staff members and other residents. When you visit, you should pay attention to potential signs of abuse or neglect. Those signs include:
- Physical Abuse — Cuts or bruises (especially those in the same areas of the body or in the same pattern) as well as burns and marks around the ankles or wrists (indicating possible use of restraints).
- Emotional Abuse — Sudden shift in mood as well as signs of anxiety and depression. A victim of verbal and non-verbal emotional abuse may also become isolated or withdrawn or show signs of nervousness around certain staff members.
- Sexual Abuse — Bruises in the genital areas and/or the diagnosis of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) are signs of sexual abuse which must be promptly addressed.
- Neglect — Unwashed clothes and bedding, pressure sores, symptoms of malnutrition or dehydration and other signs of unsafe living conditions are all evidence of neglect.
- Financial Exploitation — Sudden changes in estate planning documents such as a will or power of attorney, mysterious bank account withdrawals and major credit card purchases are all signs of potential financial exploitation.
What To Do If You Suspect Abuse or Neglect in a Bradenton Nursing Home
If you have reason to believe that your loved one has been abused or neglected in a Bradenton nursing home, the steps you take will depend, first of all, on whether the threat is imminent. If you believe that your loved one faces immediate danger, you should call 911 or directly contact the local law enforcement agency such as:
Otherwise, you should start the process of investigating what has happened to your loved one. It starts with filing a formal complaint with the facility’s administrator. If you receive no response, or if you are not satisfied with the response, you should make sure at that point to definitely consult with a lawyer. A lawyer from Buckman & Buckman, for instance, can guide you through the following stages.
It will be important to file a report with the Florida Department of Children and Families through its Florida Abuse Hotline. The hotline allows the general public to report suspected cases of abuse, neglect, abandonment or exploitation of vulnerable adults. A reporting form can be found on the Department of Children and Families website. The agency is divided into six regions. Manatee County is located in the SunCoast Region.
Additional reporting options can be found on the website for Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program. This program provides local residents’ rights advocates.
How a Bradenton Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer Can Help You
Your loved one’s suspected abuse or neglect may result in several different investigations, including one by a law enforcement agency. It will be important to have a lawyer at your side right from the start. A lawyer from Buckman & Buckman can serve as your family’s liaison with these investigations and as an advocate for your family’s rights throughout the process.
Additionally, our legal team can conduct an independent investigation into what happened to your loved one. This investigation can include a review of your loved one’s medical records, witness interviews, collection of photo and video evidence and consultation with experts.
It is important to note that your lawyer from Buckman & Buckman will seek to establish civil liability and the recovery of personal injury compensation on behalf of your loved one and your family. This action would be separate and distinct from any criminal penalties or fines that the nursing home and/or individual staff members may face.
Our goal will be to secure a settlement that fully addresses all of the physical, emotional and financial harm that your family has sustained, including the recovery of all medical expenses, physical pain and suffering and emotional distress. If the nursing home refuses to accept liability and/or pay full and fair compensation, our attorneys will be ready to go to trial for you.
Throughout your case, we will always keep you updated about its progress and advise you of any settlement offers that you receive. We understand families and pay attention to what is most important to them.
In addition to investigating claims, negotiating settlements and taking cases to trial, the attorneys of Buckman & Buckman, P.A. also handle various estate planning matters, such as wills, trusts and powers of attorney.
Our Bradenton Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys Can Help You
If you suspect that your loved one suffered harm from abuse or neglect in a Bradenton nursing home, you should contact Buckman & Buckman without delay. We will provide the personal attention, comprehensive investigation and thoughtful review that your case deserves. Connect with us today to learn more in a free and confidential consultation.