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Deerfield Beach Physical Neglect

Incapacitated patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities often need extra assistance for every tasks such as grooming or using the restroom. They may not be able to get hydration and nutrition themselves and may rely on carers for these tasks. When staff and other carers are physically neglectful and do not provide residents and patients with the basics they need to live comfortably, patients and their families can hold those caregivers liable for injuries and damages that result from physical neglect.

Florida has many laws to protect the residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care environments. Unfortunately, in many cases families are not aware of the laws that protect them and how they can use the laws to their advantage if they suspect that a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect in Deerfield Beach or another community. The reality is that if you suspect neglect or abuse and you are not getting answers from a nursing home facility or the agency that oversees the facility, you will want to speak with a personal injury attorney in your community to ensure that your loved one gets justice as well as the proper care. If you would like to speak with a personal injury attorney today, do not hesitate to contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-FLAXMAN (1-866-352-9626) for a free, no obligation case assessment.

How is Physical Neglect Defined in Deerfield Beach and Florida?

Physical neglect is a form of abuse that involves withholding the basics of life and the basics that can contribute to a standard quality of life. Physical neglect can include:

  • Not providing adequate water or food
  • Not changing IVs
  • Not monitoring someone’s physical condition
  • Not providing adequate heating or cooling
  • Not providing basic comforts and needs, such as a decent place to sleep
  • Not providing adequate clothing for the weather
  • Not offering assistance with hygiene if someone cannot take care of hygiene themselves
  • Not calling a doctor if a patient seems to be ill
Physical Neglect Can Include Other Forms of Abuse and Neglect

The reality is that physical neglect is often compounded by other abuse and neglect issues. Someone who is physically neglected in an assisted living facility or long-term care facility, for example, may also be victim of physical abuse or of other forms of neglect. Someone who has been physically neglected may be targeted by abusers and may be weakened, putting them at risk for:

  • Medical neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Financial fraud or abuse

In some cases, attorneys and concerned family members see that a loved one has been the victim of multiple forms of abuse. In these cases, it is important to pursue all perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.

Getting Help for Someone who Has Suffered Physical Neglect

It can be difficult to tell where to get help if a family member has become the victim of elder abuse and nursing home neglect. If you need assistance, contact Flaxman Law Group at any time to arrange for a free, no obligation case consultation. Our full service law firm can review your options with you and can help you find local resources.