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Tamarac Physical Neglect

Although more households today are multi-generational, families often cannot provide 24-hour care for a vulnerable or elderly family member. In some cases, families place loved ones in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or other care environments to provide them with better care. When staff at these facilities are negligent and abusive, however, residents can fall victims to neglect and abuse, including physical neglect. Physical neglect in Tamarac and other communities involves situations where a person’s basic necessities for a good life – necessities such as hygiene, food, water, reasonable clothing, and other basics – are not provided. In addition to lowering quality of life, physical neglect can cause serious medical complications and even fatalities.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to physical neglect or any type of abuse, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free legal evaluation of your situation. Flaxman Law group is a full service law firm in South Florida and our legal team can help give you legal advice and can help you understand what your options and rights are in your case.

What are the Warning Signs of Physical Neglect?

Unfortunately, physical neglect often goes undetected until is causes injury. While assault and physical abuse can lead to fractures and other obvious signs, physical neglect can be far more subtle and it can be easier for abusers to cover their wrongdoing. However, there are signs that families can look for. The signs of physical neglect can include:

  • Burn marks
  • Lacerations
  • Bruises or unexplained marks, especially on the neck or wrists
  • Fractures
  • Inadequate clothing for the weather
  • Dehydration
  • Fearful or anxious behavior
  • Personality changes
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Depression
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Swelling of the stomach or abdomen
  • Constipation
  • Open wounds
  • Bed sores
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Body odor
  • Infections
  • Bleeding gums
  • Listlessness

In some cases, families and friends simply notice that something is wrong without being able to define exactly what has happened. Someone in care may behave differently or may seem to experience personality changes once the abuse begins. Family and friends may also notice that a person generally seems to be poorly cared for or seems to be left alone without assistance or interaction for long periods of a time. A resident’s room may also provide a clue. If it is not clean or adequately heated or supplied, it may indicate something is amiss.

Speak With a Personal Injury Attorney in Tamarac or Your Community if You Suspect Physical Neglect

Flaxman Law Group has been helping protect families and has been representing clients for more than 35 years. Our attorneys have more than 60 years of experience as well as a track record of recovering more than $100 million in settlements and court wins on behalf of clients. Our attorneys work with a network of private investigators, accident reconstruction experts, medical experts, expert witnesses, and other professionals and resources to build the strongest cases possible on behalf of clients. If you would like to know whether you have a claim or would like to know more about what Flaxman Law Group can do for you, contact our full-service law firm today for a free appointment.

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