Nursing Home Negligence - Poor Hygiene

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It is every nursing home’s legal responsibility to ensure all residents have proper hygiene. Otherwise, seniors can suffer from a range of health problems. In Florida, Freedland Harwin Valori Gander, PL, has attorneys available to assist the elderly and their families in the event that poor hygiene practices have led to health complications. Good hygiene becomes increasingly more important as a person ages. Poor hygiene in old age can quickly deteriorate the individual’s physical health, cognitive state, emotional wellbeing, and sociability.

Causes and Effects of Poor Hygiene in Nursing Homes

Poor hygiene is much more than just a matter of propriety. It can be a serious health hazard that can affect an elderly nursing home resident in a multitude of ways. In a nursing home setting, germs can easily spread to multiple residents, compromising already precarious health, and exacerbating preexisting medical conditions. Poor hygiene can result in infections, illnesses, and worsened physical states. It can also affect the victim’s sense of wellbeing, interfering with social activities and self-confidence.

Poor hygiene is often a preventable problem in Florida’s nursing facilities. It is up to staff members to change bandages and adult diapers, change clothing, help residents go to the bathroom, wash sheets, bathe residents, and clean wounds. These are basic duties all nursing home facilities owe their residents. If staff members are negligent or lazy and do not take care of these tasks, poor hygiene and related harm can arise.

Common causes of poor hygiene in a nursing home setting are understaffing, poorly trained staff members, and lack of sanitation on the premises. These are all preventable issues, and it is up to the facility to take steps to eliminate them. Failure to do so creates dangerously unsafe premises for the elderly and can expose the facility to liability for subsequent illnesses, infections, injuries, or wrongful deaths. When considering taking legal action against a party for the poor hygiene of a loved one, trust Freedland Harwin Valori Gander, PL, with your case.

How We Can Help With Lawsuits Against Nursing Homes

Filing a civil lawsuit against a nursing home or other long-term care facility in Florida is best done with help from an experienced attorney. Having a qualified lawyer by your side can give you peace of mind and confidence during settlement negotiations. If your case happens to require a trial for the compensation we believe you deserve, our trial-tested attorneys are more than ready to represent you before a judge or jury. We’ve secured over $2 billion for our clients over the years and have what it takes to see your claim through until the end.

During your personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, it’s our job to help you prove negligence. This might require a visit to the nursing home to inspect its cleanliness and sanitation procedures. Our team can take photographs and conduct interviews as necessary to help gather evidence against the facility. We also have relationships with qualified experts in the field of nursing home abuse who might be able to testify during your case, to strengthen the argument that reasonable and prudent facility would have prevented the poor hygiene issue.

Proving negligence is no small task in the Florida civil court system. However, with help from our skilled and experienced team, your chances of securing financial compensation significantly increase. We have the resources, education, and abilities to represent your claim with strength and strategy. Let us help your elderly loved one fight back against a facility that lets its residents suffer through poor hygiene. It starts with a free consultation with one of our attorneys, at our Fort Lauderdale office or in your home or hospital. Contact us today to request yours.

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