Contact an attorney if you think legal action is required for elder abuse or violation of resident rights at a nursing home in Boca Raton Florida.  There may be multiple parties named in that suit, including a corporation, and the individual site, administration at that site and patient care workers.

Research.

It is important to do research on any residential facility that you intend to place a loved one for care in Boca Raton Florida.  They could have outstanding penalties and deficiencies that may raise red flags and send you somewhere else for piece of mind. Medicare has a website to do some of this research with fairly simple search criteria.

Transparency is important.

When signing documents to place loved ones in nursing home facilities in Boca Raton, make note of language that involves “transparency” of abuse and informing clients of neglect citations or reports filed against the facility so you are aware of potentially dangerous conditions that may cause harm to loved ones, enabling you to make informed decisions on the quality of care you are expecting from the residence itself. Medicare has imposed penalties against four nursing home facilities in Boca Raton from 2017-2019, and a plethora of deficiencies were present in 2019 ranging from patient preferences not being met, to more serious violations including medication errors and unsafe surroundings..

Nursing home abuse.

Nursing home abuse covers acts that inflict injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation or punishment with the result of physical harm or pain or mental anguish, or deprivation by an individual, including a caretaker, of goods or services that are necessary to attain or maintain physical, mental and psychosocial well-being as well as acts of negligence that cause or exacerbate existing health conditions.

Take action against abuse.

If you suspect nursing home abuse and notice severe signs that may be life threatening or emergent, 911 is a resource to call to insure safety of the residents.  In a non-life-threatening incident, you may advise the staff that you are concerned with actions you have witnessed, and if you are financially able, perhaps hire an outside nursing professional to sit with your  loved one until a formal grievance against the nursing home administration has been reviewed, reported, addressed and satisfactorily resolved.  If you are still concerned about the safety of your loved one, you may contact the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) who routinely handle nursing home complaints. You can call (888) 419-3456 or file a complaint online.  An AHCA representative will make an unannounced visit to the nursing home in question and complete a random inspection of the facility along with staff and resident interviews, medical record reviews and an assessment of policies and procedures.

Damages.

Nursing homes that mistreat residents can be liable not only for the amount of actual damages suffered by the resident, but for punitive damages as well. Juries don’t like people who commit elder abuse and there have been awards in the millions against nursing homes. If you think you or a loved one might have a claim against a nursing home, see an experience attorney.

Call an attorney.

It may be in your best interest to contact the Law Offices of Oscar Syger a lawyer who has experience in elder law, because cases can be complex, involving a mixture of both state and federal laws. If criminal charges evolve out of the civil case that is filed, the State of Florida would pursue those charges.

 

Law Offices of Oscar Syger, P.A.

Boca Raton Office

433 Plaza Real Suite 275

Boca Raton, FL 33432

Phone: 561-962-4275

 

Sources:

https://data.medicare.gov/Nursing-Home-Compare/Deficiencies-Displayed-on-Nursing-Home-Compare-Cyc/np3k-uatv

https://data.medicare.gov/Nursing-Home-Compare/Penalties/g6vv-u9sr/data

https://apps.ahca.myflorida.com/hcfc/

https://www.congress.gov/bill/100th-congress/house-bill/3545/titles