A broken hand, for a resident of a nursing home in Hollywood or South Florida, represents a serious problem. Broken hands can affect a senior’s ability to dress themselves and to enjoy independence. A broken hand can also dramatically affect quality of life. For seniors, it can take longer to recover from a fracture in the hand and this type of injury can cause significant pain.
For patients who have osteoporosis, a broken hand can occur due to a number of reasons. Even simple activities can lead to fractures. Nevertheless, it is important to evaluate whether the fracture was caused by the osteoporosis or by a preventable incident. Even if a senior has osteoporosis, they should be carefully supervised; it’s important to minimize the risk of fractures.
Unfortunately, fractures of the hand can be signs of physical abuse. Many families are devastated to learn that Hollywood and Florida nursing home abuse and neglect is far more common than most of us realize. Incorrect screening, inadequate staffing, poor policies and other factors can all create situations where nursing home abuse and neglect is allowed to occur. If this neglect and abuse results in injuries such as a broken hand, families can seek compensation on behalf of their family members and so they can afford quality care for their loved one.
If your loved one in a nursing home has suffered a fracture of the hand, you’ll want to do everything you can to support them. You’ll also want to ask questions to determine how the fracture occurred. Was the injury avoidable? Did negligence contribute to the injury? Was appropriate medical help offered immediately? Depending on the answers, you may have a legal claim which allows you to seek compensation so your family member can get proper medical attention as well as financial support so they can heal more fully from the injury. If you are not getting answers or if the answers don’t add up, get legal help.
In many cases, it can be difficult to spot the signs of abuse, so any kind of fracture or injury should be carefully investigated. Talking to a Hollywood nursing home abuse and neglect attorney can help because these experienced professionals have extensive expertise recognizing hidden signs of abuse. If you’d like to speak to a Hollywood nursing home abuse and neglect attorney to offer your loved one maximum protection and support during this difficult time, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) or use our online form to arrange a free, no obligation consultation with a member of our legal team.