Nursing home abuse can take many forms in Jacksonville, FL. While many cases involve abuse by staff members, resident-to-resident abuse also occurs. If your loved one has sustained harm because of nursing home abuse by another resident, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages.
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We also have a top-rated reputation in Jacksonville because we get favorable results for personal injury victims. Our personal injury law firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients since opening our doors.
Contact Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers, you can call us at (904) 396-1100 to schedule a free consultation with a Jacksonville nursing home resident-to-resident abuse lawyer. We are here to help your loved one gain justice from the parties responsible for allowing the abuse to occur.
How Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With Your Nursing Home Resident-to-Resident Abuse Case in Jacksonville
Resident-to-resident abuse or resident-to-resident mistreatment can result in severe physical and emotional harm to nursing home patients. The nursing home has a duty of care to protect patients from abuse, including mistreatment by other patients. An experienced Jacksonville nursing home abuse attorney fights for a resident’s right to a safe and respectful environment.
Our Jacksonville nursing home abuse lawyers have earned the respect of our peers and clients for our legal services and results. Martindale-Hubbell awarded our law firm the 2021 Client Champion Award, and we have top ratings on Avvo and Google. Our lawyers have received recognition from Super Lawyers, Florida Trends Legal Elite, The National Trial Lawyers, and Expertise.
When you hire our top-rated Florida nursing home abuse lawyers, you can expect us to:
- Investigate the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s injuries and emotional harm
- Gather evidence proving the resident-to-resident abuse occurred and who is responsible for allowing the abuse to happen
- Document your loved one’s damages to determine how much their nursing home abuse case is worth
- Work with experts in their fields to gather additional evidence supporting the claim
- Aggressively pursue all parties involved in the abuse for the maximum value of damages
- File lawsuits and take the case to court, if necessary
Elder abuse is a severe public health problem, with nearly 1 in 6 people 60 years and older reporting some type of abuse. If you or your loved one is the victim of nursing home resident-to-resident abuse, contact our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys in Jacksonville, Florida, for a free case evaluation.
What Is Resident to Resident Nursing Home Abuse?
Resident-to-resident nursing home abuse is any mistreatment that causes physical, emotional, or mental harm. It can include financial exploitation, physical assault, verbal/mental abuse, sexual assault, and invasion of personal space.
Examples of resident-to-resident abuse in nursing homes include, but are not limited to:
- Yelling, cursing, screaming, and/or threatening
- Entering a private room without permission
- Attempting to steal or coerce a resident into giving away money or property
- Kicking, biting, hitting, shoving, and scratching
- Name-calling and bullying
- Hoarding resources
- Unwanted sexual advances
- Throwing items
- Kissing, touching, exposing oneself, or sexual abuse
- Throwing items
Sometimes, the perpetrators of resident to resident abuse understand what they are doing. However, other perpetrators may have a cognitive impairment or mood disorder that is not being adequately addressed and treated.
Signs of Nursing Home Resident to Resident Abuse in Jacksonville, FL
The signs of resident-to-resident abuse are similar to the signs of nursing home abuse by staff members. A resident may display one or more of these warning signs of abuse:
- Depression and/or withdrawal
- Bruises, lacerations, and other physical injuries
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Suicidal thoughts and/or attempts
- Desire to move or relocate
- Fear of specific residents
- Decreased ability to function in daily life
- Reduced self-esteem
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
If you notice any of the above signs of resident-to-resident abuse, report the abuse to the nursing home management immediately. If you believe your loved one is in immediate danger, contact law enforcement agencies and/or the Florida Department of Children and Families Adult Protective Services.
Filing a Nursing Home Resident-to-Resident Abuse Claim in Florida
Nursing home residents have the right to be free from sexual, verbal, mental, financial, and physical abuse or exploitation. They have the right to be treated with respect and dignity.
Nursing home facilities owe their residents a duty of care. That duty of care includes providing a safe living environment free from abuse, including resident-to-resident abuse. They must investigate and report all allegations of abuse.
If a nursing home breaches its duty of care by failing to ensure the safety of the residents, investigate allegations of resident-to-resident abuse, and/or protect a patient from abuse, the nursing home could be liable for damages. A Jacksonville nursing home abuse attorney can help you seek compensation for the economic and non-economic damages caused by resident-to-resident abuse.
Learn More During a Free Initial Consultation With Our Jacksonville Nursing Home Resident to Resident Abuse Lawyers
Resident-to-resident abuse can be difficult to detect in some cases. If you suspect that your family member or loved one has been abused in a nursing home, don’t wait to take steps to protect them. Report the abuse immediately and then contact Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers to request a free case review with our Jacksonville nursing home resident-to-resident abuse attorneys.