South Miami Assisted Living Negligence
Most of us who enjoy good health take basic tasks for granted. We prepare meals, get dressed, and go outside without thinking twice. For those who are seriously injured, ill, or elderly, however, these everyday tasks can become insurmountable obstacles. In some of these cases, families make the difficult decision to place a loved one in an assisted living facility, which is supposed to help provide a high standard of care as well as a good quality of life for residents.
When assisted living facilities are negligent, however, residents are often severely injured or face a decreased quality of life. If this has happened to someone you care about, there may be legal options that allow you to help your loved one. To find out more, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free, no obligation case review.Many Are Affected By Negligence and Elder Abuse in South Miami and Florida
Each year, many Florida residents are injured in assisted living facilities and in many cases these injuries are the result of negligence or preventable accidents. These accidents can occur because a loved one was not given adequate medical care or medication or was overmedicated. In some cases, a loved one does not get the support and supervision they need during everyday tasks, such as grooming. In other cases, residents are simply not provided with adequate food, water, and other necessities of life. All are examples of serious negligence and unfortunately can result in devastating harm and illness for vulnerable residents.Common Injuries Sustained In Assisted Living Negligence and Abuse Cases
Personal injury attorneys in South Miami who deal with assisted living abuse and negligence cases often find catastrophic injuries sustained by residents, including:
- Head injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Infected bedsores
- Lice and other infestations
- Poor hygiene
- Infected wounds
- Dehydration or starvation
- Sti's and sexually-transmitted diseases
- Untreated wounds, infections, and illness
- Illegal restraints
- Over- or under-medication
These injuries are devastating, especially for residents of assisted living facilities, who may already be vulnerable. In some cases, negligence and abuse is allowed to go on for months or even years because residents are too frightened, too embarrassed, or simply unable to speak. In many cases, it is brave friends and family who notice something is wrong and come forward to try to make changes. In these cases, families have a few options. If something illegal has occurred, they may contact law enforcement in order to seek criminal charges against those responsible. They can also file a civil claim to seek compensation and justice on behalf of loved ones. If you're not sure what course to take, speaking with a personal injury attorney in South Miami or your community can help you review your options and can help you understand whether you have a case.
Are you looking for a personal injury attorney because a loved one has been injured in an assisted living facility? You can always reach Flaxman Law Group to arrange for a free consultation. Our attorneys can help you understand your rights and options as well as what steps you can take to protect a loved one. Your initial consultation costs nothing and comes with no obligation, so there's no risk involved.