Nursing Home Wrongful Death
If you have lost a loved one in a nursing home and suspect neglect or abuse to have played a role in their death, sadly, you are not alone. While well over a million families in Florida and across the United States trust nursing homes to provide compassionate and professional care for their aging loved ones, statistics show that this trust is often tragically misplaced.
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), one in ten Americans will experience abuse in their senior years. A significant percentage of senior abuse -- physical, emotional; and financial -- occurs in the nursing home setting. Government data also shows that nearly one in ten complaints against nursing homes involve “abuse, gross neglect; or exploitation.”
Even more upsetting is the fact that many instances of nursing home neglect and abuse are fatal. Seniors who are no longer independent and who have faced health challenges in their later years are particularly susceptible to the effects of neglect and abuse. In many cases, their loved ones do not find out what has been going on until it is too late. Nursing home staff and administrators often hide the truth or victims are unable -- or afraid -- to speak up. Sadly, many nursing home abuse victims simply assume their treatment is “normal” and that nothing can be done.
The truth is that something can be done. Anyone who suspects that negligence or abuse contributed to their loved one’s death may be eligible to file a nursing home wrongful death claim with the help of an experienced attorney -- and that is where we step in to assist.
Experienced and Compassionate Advocates for Families Grieving the Loss of Senior Loved Ones
Led by founding attorney Tim Babiarz, the Babiarz Law Firm, PA is a team of experienced legal professionals who are committed to fighting for families who have lost loved ones to nursing home neglect and abuse. Mr. Babiarz has more than two decades of experience representing clients in The Villages and the surrounding retirement communities. We can help you understand your situation and make informed decisions about asserting your family’s legal rights.
Identifying Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
While every situation is unique, there are several signs that are indicative of probable nursing home or assisted living facility neglect and abuse. If your senior loved one experienced or exhibited any of the following while under nursing home care, your family may have a claim for nursing home wrongful death:
- Abrasions, bruises or burns
- Anxiety or depression
- Bedsores (pressure ulcers)
- Broken bones
- Emotional withdrawal
- Over or under-medication
- Poor hygiene
- Symptoms of malnutrition or dehydration
- Unattended medical needs
- Unexplained weight loss
These are just some of the most common examples. If you suspect another reason was behind your elderly loved one’s death, we urge you to contact our wrongful death attorney in The Villages®. We understand what you are going through and are here to help you in your time of need.
Seek Compensation for Your Loss With Your Wrongful Death Lawyer in The Villages®
If you lost an elderly loved one and believe that nursing home negligence and/or abuse were factors, you may be eligible to file a nursing home wrongful death claim and may qualify for compensation. To speak with The Villages® wrongful death attorney Tim Babiarz about your loved one’s death, call (352) 205-7599 or contact us online today to arrange a free and confidential consultation. We represent families in Florida and nationwide whose loved ones resided in nursing homes in The Villages®, Ocala, Leesburg, Lady Lake, Wildwood, Summerfield; and Central Florida’s other retirement communities.