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Wandering and Elopement Claims

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Wandering and Elopement Claim

At Your Insurance Attorney, we understand the importance of proper supervision and care for nursing home residents, especially those with a history of wandering or escaping. Negligence on the part of staff and facility management can lead to tragic consequences, as evidenced by a recent case in which we successfully won $750,000 for a client whose family member had suffered this issue in a nursing home. Our attorneys Nathan P. Carter, Michael A. Mandeville, Brian C. Guppenberger and Joshua A. Machlus are dedicated to fighting for the rights of nursing home residents and holding facilities accountable for neglect and abuse that leads to wandering and eloping.

Understanding Wandering and Eloping

Wandering and eloping from a nursing home can occur when residents with cognitive impairment or dementia are not properly supervised. These individuals may become disoriented and confused, leading them to wander away from their rooms or the facility. In some cases, residents may even leave the facility unnoticed.

Families should be aware of the signs of neglect and malpractice that can lead to wandering and escape. These can include:

  • Residents being left unsupervised or not being properly monitored.
  • Residents not receiving adequate care or treatment for conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.
  • Residents not being properly secured in their rooms or in common areas.
  • Residents not being provided with proper identification or tracking devices, such as wristbands or GPS locators.

Preventing Wandering and Eloping

Proper staff training and supervision can prevent wandering and escaping in nursing homes. Facility management should have policies and procedures in place to ensure that residents are properly supervised at all times and that staff is trained to recognize and respond to signs of wandering or disorientation. Additionally, the facility should have security measures in place, such as alarms on doors and windows, to prevent residents from leaving the facility unnoticed.

Taking Action

If a loved one has wandered or escaped from a nursing home, it’s important to take immediate action. Report the incident to the facility management and state regulatory agency overseeing the facility. It’s also important to document any injuries and gather any witness statements.

If you suspect that a loved one has been a victim of any kind of neglect in a nursing home, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. You can reach us at 877-857-5677. It’s important to report any abuse or neglect as soon as possible. You can also report any abuse or neglect to the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) hotline at 1-800-962-2873, and the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) hotline at 1-888-419-3456. These hotlines are available 24/7 and are staffed by trained professionals who can take immediate action to protect your loved one.

Legal Representation

At Your Insurance Attorney, our attorneys have the experience and resources to help you navigate the legal process and hold the facility accountable for their actions. We will work to ensure that your loved one’s safety is upheld and that they receive the justice they deserve.

As experienced members of The American Trial Lawyers Association, AAJ Leaders Forum, Florida Legal Elite and American Board of trial Advocates, our attorneys have been handling these cases for almost 30 years and have a proven track record of success in holding nursing homes accountable for wandering and escaping due to neglect or malpractice.

Wandering and eloping can be a serious issue in nursing homes, and it’s important for staff and facility management to take the necessary steps to prevent it from happening. If you suspect that your loved one has been neglected or mistreated in a nursing home, do not hesitate to reach out to our attorneys. We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of nursing home residents and holding facilities accountable for neglect and abuse that leads to wandering and escaping.

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