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Types of Elder Injuries/Accidents

Nursing home abuse and negligence attorneys in Hollywood, Miami, Homestead and other South Florida communities work with families whose elderly loved ones have suffered a range of nursing home injuries. If a senior family member has been injured in a case environment, you will want legal advice, even if you’re not sure whether you have a case.

If you need to speak to a South Florida or Hollywood nursing home abuse and negligence attorney, contact Flaxman Law Group. Our offices in Hollywood, Homestead, and Miami serve the entire South Florida area and we offer free initial consultations so you can find out whether you have a claim without any cost or obligation. Reach out to us online or by calling 866-352-9626 today.

Types of Injuries in Nursing Homes

Elder residents in nursing homes in Hollywood and South Florida can sustain a number of injuries, including:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bed sores
  • Bed bugs, lice, and other infestations
  • Dehydration
  • Elder Malnutrition
  • Physical Restraints on the Elderly
  • Falls in Nursing Homes, which can lead to spinal cord injuries, broken bones, hip fractures, and other injuries
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Heart failure, kidney failure, and other organ failure
  • Fractures
  • Bruising
  • Skin Injuries
  • Injuries caused by bedrail accidents, including pinches
  • Scratches

In addition to the above, seniors may experience injury to their emotions and their mental state. Sudden changes in personality, withdrawn behaviors, depressive behaviors, sudden lack of self-care or loss of interest in regular activities should all be signs to investigate what is wrong.

Whenever an injury occurs, whether it is a physical or mental injury, it is important to investigate and to find out what is wrong. Many types of injuries to seniors are signs of negligence or abuse and addressing abuse and negligence before it gets worse or escalates is important and could potentially save your elder family member’s life.

Why Do Elder Injuries and Accidents Happen?

Elder injuries and accidents can happen for many reasons, including:

  • Poor staff training
  • Understaffing, which leaves too few staff to properly support residents
  • Poor lighting
  • Inadequate security
  • Lack of proper property maintenance
  • Poor nursing home policies
  • Intentional abuse
  • Lack of proper vetting of other nursing home residents, which can allow dangerous or violent residents to stay in a home

In many cases, these situations are entirely preventable. Nursing homes can take care to hire correctly and to create a safe environment, with adequate safety and support policies in place. Nursing homes can also choose to respond to “close calls” or any complaints and suggestions to improve their services. When they fail to take reasonable care and a resident is harmed, nursing homes can be held liable for the injuries.

What Can Families Do If They Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?

If you have noticed injuries in your elderly family member and are not getting adequate information or reassuring answers, contact a South Florida or Hollywood nursing home attorney. An attorney understands how to investigate instances of abuse, gather evidence and even file a claim so you can seek compensation for the injuries.

If you need a nursing home abuse and negligence attorney in Hollywood, Homestead, Miami, or any surrounding areas, contact Flaxman Law Group online or at 866-352-9626. Our legal team has more than 60 years of combined experience and we have already recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of injured individuals. Your first consultation with us is free of charge and comes with no obligation.

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