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West Palm Beach Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers:
Protecting Those Who Cannot Protect Themselves
As Palm Beach County nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers, we advocate for Florida's most vulnerable citizens. Elder abuse is rampant in our area. This is in large part due to the demographics of the West Palm Beach region. Palm Beach County has one of the highest concentrations of senior citizens in the United States. It should come as no surprise that there are over 100 nursing home and assisted living facilities in Palm Beach County.
Despite their large numbers in the area, Palm Beach County elder abuse is on the rise. Worst of all, experts estimate that only 1 in 5 cases of Florida nursing home or ALF neglect actually get reported. This means that 80% of all elder abuse cases do not see the light of day. So what can you do to fix the problem?
If You See Something, Say Something!
Signs of Palm Beach County Nursing Home Abuse and A.L.F. Neglect
Nursing home and assistive living abuse is not easy to spot. The facility staff will attempt to conceal the injuries from you. This is why it is so important to vigilantly look for the following 'red flags' for elder abuse:
- Bedsores (also called Pressure Sores or Decubitus Ulcers)
- Falls resulting in fractures
- Subdural hematoma from falls
- Unexplained bruises or broken bones
- Dehydration and Malnutrition
- Rapid Weight Loss
- Significant infection, such as sepsis
- Wrongful death
If you suspect your loved one has been abused in a Florida nursing home or assisted living facility, you should immediately report the incident to the Florida Department of Health. The DOH runs a great Florida nursing home abuse hotline that can be reached at 1-800-96-Abuse. Once you've reported the nursing home neglect to the State of Florida, speak with a Palm Beach elder abuse lawyer at 561-316-7207 to investigate your potential Palm Beach nursing home neglect case.
Once You've Reported the Neglect, Hold the Facility Responsible!
State investigations into elder abuse only go so far. For many families, the best way to hold the neglectful facility accountable is through a Palm Beach County nursing home abuse lawsuit. Most South Florida nursing homes and ALF's are privately owned, for profit corporations. They only care about their bottom line profit. If you want to stop the problem, you have to hit these facilities where it hurts -- in their bank account. Speak with a Palm Beach County nursing home lawyer to determine the damages in your case.
Ask a Palm Beach Nursing Home Lawyer: Do I Have a Case?
Palm Beach Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Qualifications
I am a partner at Senior Justice Law Firm. As a Palm Beach County nursing home neglect lawyer, the majority of my case load involves elder abuse allegations. It's what I do. I am passionate about providing justice to those who were neglected, abused and injured through no fault of their own. This passion drives my success against powerful nursing home and assisted living facility corporations. I regularly resolve these kinds of cases in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
I understand that elder abuse cases are enraging. For most families, it is about more than just recovering money. It's about righting a wrong so that this kind of neglect does not happen again. I lecture seniors around Palm Beach County about their rights in nursing homes and ALF's. I also belong to various victim's rights groups in and around the West Palm Beach area. As a Palm Beach County nursing home abuse attorney, I have been recognized for the following professional achievements:
- Induction into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum,
- Named a Top 10 Nursing Home Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers,
- Named a 'Top 40 Under 40' Florida injury lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association,
- Named a 'Top Lawyer' and 'Legal Elite' by Florida Trend Magazine for multiple years,
- Named a 'Rising Star' by Super Lawyers Magazine,
- Ten out of Ten Avvo.com rating
Palm Beach Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer FAQ's
Here are some common Palm Beach ALF neglect attorney questions and answers.
Q. How much does it cost to hire a Palm Beach Nursing Home Neglect lawyer?
A. We work on contingency fee only. This means you only have to pay us a percentage (33 1/3% to 40%) in attorneys fees if you collect money on your case. If you don't make a recovery, you don't owe any attorneys fees.
Q. What is a Decubitus Ulcer and why did it develop?
A. A decubitus ulcer, also known as a pressure sore or bedsore, is preventable skin breakdown that forms due to a patient being left in the same position for hours at a time. Pressure sores have been referred to as 'never events' by Medicare; meaning a pressure sore is an error in healthcare that should never occur. If your loved one developed pressure sores in a Palm Beach nursing home, consult with a Palm Beach nursing home attorney immediately.
Q. Why does my Mom keep falling in her nursing home or ALF?
A. Nursing home resident falls are not to be taken lightly. Falls kill almost 2,000 nursing home residents each year and 10-20% of nursing home falls result in serious injury. It is the nursing home or ALF's duty to prevent falls. If your loved one suffered a fall resulting in a broken hip, brain bleed or wrongful death, speak with a Palm Beach nursing home injury lawyer to learn about your rights.
Q. How long do most Palm Beach nursing home injury cases take?
A. That really depends on the case facts and you, the client. Some cases resolve at the pre-suit mediation, which can take place 75 days after the Letter of Intent goes out. Other Palm Beach elder abuse cases take years to go to trial. It really depends on your individual case facts and your expectations as a client. Click here to read my legal guide discussing the steps in pursuing a Florida nursing home abuse lawsuit.