Sarasota Assisted Living Neglect Attorney
Assisted living facilities can be important places for seniors who want to remain somewhat independent but require enough help such that living at home no longer seems possible. According to the National Institute on Aging, assisted living facilities are designed “for people who need help with daily care, but not as much help as a nursing home provides.” Most assisted living facilities provide varying levels of care within the facility itself, recognizing that some residents will require only limited assistance while others will need help with certain activities of daily living. Assisted living facilities in Southwest Florida have a duty to prevent injuries to residents resulting from passive neglect and from other forms of negligence. When a resident of an assisted living facility suffers harm due to neglect, it is critical to seek help with a claim. You should contact a Sarasota assisted living neglect attorney at our firm today to find out more about filing a lawsuit.
Signs and Symptoms of Neglect in Assisted Living in Sarasota
Neglect in an assisted living facility can take many different forms, from passive neglect due to understaffing to intentional neglect or deprivation in which an employee intentionally deprives a resident of assistance with activities of daily living, food and water, medical devices, or other necessities. Given that neglect can involve various actions and omissions, signs and symptoms can vary widely. If you have a loved one in an assisted living facility and you notice anything that raises your concerns, you should seek advice from a lawyer. In particular, the National Council on Aging says that family members should be particularly aware of the following signs and symptoms that may indicate neglect:
- Bed sores;
- Unexplained infections;
- Unexplained injuries;
- Bone fractures;
- Lack of medications;
- Lack of medical devices;
- Untidy room or living quarters;
- Resident appears unkempt; and/or
- Resident appears to have lost weight without any explanation.
Types of Sarasota Neglect Injuries in Assisted Living
Injuries in an assisted living facility due to neglect can vary widely. When residents require assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or using the restroom, an attempt to do these things themselves because they are not receiving attention from a staff member can lead to a serious fall injury that results in a bone fracture. Or, for instance, when a resident has been confined to his or her bed or chair because of a hip fracture, that resident may need assistance moving in order to prevent bed sores. Residents can also suffer injuries if they do not receive the medications they need, or adequate food and water. In such cases, patients can suffer dehydration, UTIs, and malnutrition.
Contact Kohn Law Today
The dedicated team at Kohn Law is here to assist you with every aspect of your assisted living neglect case. We can review your claim today and help you to determine the best path forward to hold the facility accountable and to seek necessary compensation. Contact our experienced Sarasota assisted living neglect attorney today for assistance with your claim.