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Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Sarasota, FL

Sarasota, FL Nursing Home Abuse

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Sarasota, FL 34239

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Sarasota, FL Nursing Home Abuse

When you place a loved one in a nursing home, you are led to believe they’ll be cared for and treated with dignity. The unfortunate reality is that nursing home abuse is all too common in Florida. At Morgan & Morgan, you can count on our family to fight for and protect yours. 

Has your loved one suffered from nursing home abuse? Call or fill out our free, no-obligation case evaluation form to have our Sarasota abuse attorneys evaluate your case. 

Nursing Home Abuse Laws In Florida

Florida Statutes Public Health § 400.022 addresses the respective rights of nursing home residents and the facilities’ duties to protect these rights. Some of those rights include:

  • Freedom from physical and mental abuse
  • The ability to present grievances about staff or the facilities
  • The right to be treated fairly and with the fullest measure of dignity
  • The right to receive appropriate health care and protective/supportive services

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

If elderly people in nursing homes are being abused, they may be unable to speak up and seek the help they need. If you’re suspicious that your loved one may have been abused in a nursing home, you need to know the signs.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse may result from any intentional force on a victim that causes pain, injury, and even lasting bodily harm. Signs of physical abuse may manifest as the following:

  • Bruising
  • Hair loss
  • Depression
  • Malnutrition
  • Recurring injuries
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Injuries in areas hidden by clothing
  • Contradicting statements from staff and victim on injuries

Financial Abuse

Financial abuse may result from illegal use or obtainment of elderly person’s assets while in a nursing home. Common signs of financial abuse are:

  • Unpaid bills
  • Isolation from loved ones
  • Increased levels of anxiety
  • Unexplained withdrawals or transfers
  • Unfamiliar signatures on monetary accounts
  • Recently changed or signed legal work an elderly person cannot explain

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse may result from interactions or contact with an elderly person who lacks the mental capacity to grant consent. Signs of sexual abuse may include:

  • Difficulty walking or sitting
  • Withdrawn or aggressive behavior
  • Torn or blood-stained undergarments
  • Unexplained bleed from the genital area
  • Unexplained infections or sexually transmitted diseases

With over 30 years of experience, when you hire our Morgan & Morgan attorneys, you can count on us to help you fight for the justice you deserve. Contact a Morgan & Morgan Sarasota attorney office today to see how we can help you. 

Who Can File a Lawsuit?

In the state of Florida, if any of the above rights are violated under any circumstances, the resident of the nursing home may file a civil lawsuit against the facility’s owners as well as its staff members. Those individuals who have diminished mental capacity will need to determine the victim’s current power of attorney (POA). 

For more information behind your lawsuit or to learn more about how our attorneys may be able to help your case, please fill out our case evaluation form.

Contact a Sarasota Morgan & Morgan Attorney

Our Morgan & Morgan attorneys have been protecting families since 1988, and in times like these, you can count on us to protect yours. If you believe a family member or loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect, you may be entitled to legal support. 

If you suspect you or a loved one are being subjected to abuse while residing in a nursing home, there may be legal remedies available for you. To have your case reviewed by our Sarasota attorneys, fill out our free case evaluation form today.

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