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Increased Elderly Abuse During COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the start of the pandemic, millions of Americans have seen a change in their lives. While many have fought the illness or know of somebody who has been forced to battle coronavirus, others have been affected indirectly. For example, we’ve seen a shocking number of reports describing the increase in elderly abuse since the start of the global pandemic. Families and friends trust these establishments to look after their loved ones and are horrified to hear of nursing home abuse…and it’s something occurring right across the country.

For the elderly, it has been a tough time. Since they’re highly susceptible to the infection and have weaker defenses, elderly members of society have been requested to stay indoors as much as possible. For many, the lockdown was difficult since they were forced to rely on others for shopping and other simple tasks. For those in a home, the situation has been even worse.

Reports of Elderly Abuse In A Nursing Home

After the COVID-19 virus proved it was a serious threat, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) quickly introduced new guidelines for nursing homes. As well as measures to prevent the spread of the virus inside the home, visitors were restricted from outside the home. In many homes, visitors weren’t allowed at all, and this left elderly residents without contact from family members and friends.

For employees in such nursing homes, they must also follow strict guidelines. This includes the close monitoring of respiratory issues including shortness of breath, sore throat, fever, coughing, and other symptoms. If a worker shows the early symptoms, they are to be sent home and then tested for the virus. If positive, all those who have been in contact with the individual are to be tested too.

With the pandemic placing stress on resources, many families are concerned about the safety and health of their loved ones in nursing homes. Naturally, staff members feel stressed and there has been a wave of concern regarding the quality of care that many are receiving in the United States.

We’ve seen stories of the following types of abuse in recent months:

  • Sexual
  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Financial

With the quarantine, abusers have seen this as an opportunity to ramp up their nursing home neglect and abuse. While some abuse because they feel the stress of the virus, others have personal problems that creep into the workplace; some like the feeling of control and power that comes from abusing the helpless. Either way, there’s no excuse and nursing home abuse is a problem the whole country should address quickly. It damages the victim, it hurts family members, and it makes people lose faith in the nursing home sector (despite the many great nurses in the country!).

Our Advice

We know the whole world is in a difficult position right now, and the COVID-19 virus doesn’t look as though it will go away any time soon. Despite this, we still owe the elderly a good service and we need to meet their needs regardless of what happens. As a relative, it’s frustrating to hear that you can’t visit loved ones. This being said, lots of nursing homes are taking steps so that you can contact your relatives and friends. For instance, they are allowing meetings through windows and offering technology for video calls. Although this isn’t quite the same as a visit, you will definitely brighten their day with a quick video call.

In many cases, all it takes is a daily phone call to assess the happiness of your loved one. If you spot something wrong or feel as though something might be happening behind the scenes, feel free to get in touch with The Injury Firm today. We take nursing home neglect very seriously, and this extends to nursing homes that aren’t taking the correct measures to protect residents from the COVID-19 virus.

Despite all the difficulties faced this year, nursing homes still have a responsibility to keep all elderly residents safe, secure, happy, and healthy. If you feel as though a nursing home isn’t meeting the basic needs of your elderly relative, pick up the phone today.

Filing a Claim and Taking Legal Action Against a Nursing Home

When a nursing home allows neglect or abuse in any capacity, we believe in seeking compensation and holding those guilty responsible for their actions. On the one hand, our motivation is to ensure the guilty party can never work in a nursing home again. On the other, we believe in chasing compensation from those who have contributed to the negligence. Depending on the case, your loved one may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills
  • Disability

Make the phone call to us today and you can enjoy our free case evaluation: 954-951-0000. We’ll assess the details of your situation and determine whether or not you have a case to pursue. In Florida, the laws are actually incredibly strict on nursing homes and other care homes. Yet, we still see a saddening number of nursing home abuse cases. We want to put these cases to an end, and the best way to do this is to claim against those responsible.

At The Injury Firm, we have a passionate, dedicated, and sensitive team for these types of cases. We have the experience and professionalism you need to handle the case with caution and determination. If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, you can trust us to protect their legal rights and bring the case to fruition. We’ll gather evidence, speak to witnesses, get access to security footage, and take the right steps towards compensation.

If the home and insurance company don’t offer an appropriate settlement figure, we have the resources to take the case in front of a judge. With a strong case, we can get compensation while also drawing attention to this heinous crime.

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308

Phone (954) 951-0000
Fax: (954) 951-1000
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