Abusive employees and the nursing homes that employ them deserve to be held accountable and their victims deserve justice. If you suspect or are sure that your loved one is suffering physical abuse at the hands of a negligent nursing home or employee, it might be wise to speak to a Miami physical abuse lawyer about your situation. A lawyer who handles nursing home abuse cases can evaluate your case to help you determine whether or not your relative is a victim of abuse and, if so, how you might pursue justice.
A wide range of negligent and outright abusive behaviors contribute to nursing home residents’ physical decline and suffering. These residents cannot buy or prepare their meals, administer themselves the medication they need to survive or secure their necessary medical care without the nursing home employees’ support.
So, neglectful, abusive employees may take advantage of residents’ vulnerability. There are potentially serious emotional and physical costs to suffering abuse. If your loved one is physically abused in a nursing home, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm wants to help.
Call us today for a free consultation at (800) 842-6336. We may be able to help you get justice and hold your loved one’s abusers accountable.
Types of Physical Abuse
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical abuse can include any of the following:
- Pushing a resident
- Unnecessarily restraining a resident (physically or chemically)
Signs of physical abuse can include:
- Excessive or new injuries
- Injuries the staff members refuse to explain
- Restraint marks
- Fear of a specific caregiver, staff member, or resident
- A staff member’s unwillingness to leave you alone with your loved one
It is important to note that abusers may leave marks on places that are not typically visible. Your loved one might also deny that abuse is occurring. Do not ignore suspicions you may have just because there is no evidence of the abuse.
What to Do if You Believe Your Loved One Is Suffering from Abuse
If you believe your loved one is being abused, report it to the nursing home’s management. This can help protect your loved one and will create a paper trail if you later decide to file a claim. You can also report your suspicions to your local Ombudsman.
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Suing the Abuser and the Nursing Home
In cases where neglect or physical abuse occurs, there are two possible legal avenues for justice. A victim and their family may pursue the nursing home as a whole, as well as the individual abuser. When a nursing home employs staff, they become liable or responsible for said staff members’ behavior when the employee is “operating within the scope of their employment.”
A victim may also choose to file a separate lawsuit against their individual abuser. In this case, the victim may be successful in both lawsuits. The benefit of pursuing the nursing home, in addition to the abusive individual, is that nursing homes often have larger insurance policies that allow them to compensate victims of abuse.
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Seeking Justice for Your Loved One
If your loved one suffered abuse in a Miami nursing home, they deserve justice. Our team can help you fight for it. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Any medical bills incurred through the treatment of your loved one’s injuries
- Any counseling your loved one required to deal with the abuse they suffered
- The costs associated with relocating your loved one to a new nursing home
- Pain and suffering
Once our team has investigated your case, we can determine what you may be entitled to recover.
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What a Miami Physical Abuse Lawyer Can Do for You
We know that you have enough to deal with right now, attempting to keep your loved one safe and helping them recover. It is likely that the last thing you want to deal with is taking legal action. However, you do not need to take on that burden. The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will handle the entirety of your case, managing the following on your behalf:
- Determining all possible liable parties
- Gathering evidence
- Building a case against the liable party(s)
- Putting a value on your case
- Communicating with all involved parties
- Negotiating a settlement
- Preparing your case for trial
- Representing your case in court, if necessary
Learn more about how we can help you during a free consultation.
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Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today
If you have reason to believe that your loved one is physically abused by nursing home staff, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm want to help. We offer free consultations, so even if you do not know for a fact that your relative is being abused, we can discuss the situation with you free of charge. If you do know for sure that your loved one is suffering physical abuse, a Miami physical abuse lawyer can help you map out the steps to getting them justice. Abusers and nursing homes should be held accountable for the harm they allow or inflict upon innocent, vulnerable victims. Your loved one deserves justice, and we can help you fight hard to get it.
To learn more about how we can help, call us today at (800) 842-6336 for a free consultation. We handle nursing home abuse and neglect cases on a contingency-fee-basis. This means we require no fees upfront and only obtain attorney’s fees if you recover compensation.