Sarasota Nursing Home Lack of Care Attorney
Sarasota nursing home residents should be able to expect that they will receive a reasonable level of care, and that the care provided by the nursing home will be tailored to each resident’s needs. When you are looking for a nursing home in Southwest Florida for your elderly loved one, it can be difficult to know with certainty whether a facility will provide the type of care that your parent or loved one needs in order to live comfortably and safely. While you can review reports of safety violations at nursing homes in the area, injuries resulting from a lack of care can occur at any facility. Lack of care injuries frequently result from understaffing, or situations in which the nursing home does not have sufficient nurses on duty to provide the requisite level of care to each patient. If you believe your loved one sustained injuries because of a lack of care, it is important to contact a Sarasota nursing home lack of care attorney today.
Sarasota Injuries Due to Lack of Care in Nursing Homes
Sarasota nursing home residents can suffer various types of injury due lack of care, which is sometimes described as passive neglect. In some circumstances, a lack of care may be intentional because a caregiver might withhold foods or medicines to abuse the resident, or may intentionally deprive the resident of medical devices like a walker or hearing aids. However, in most circumstances, lack of care is not intentional but is instead a result of staffing shortages and other structural problems at the nursing home. Yet it is important to be clear that lack of care does not have to be intentional in order for the facility to be liable for injuries. Some of the most common injuries resulting from lack of care include but are not limited to:
- Bed sores;
- Dehydration and malnutrition;
- Bone fractures
Sarasota Nursing Homes Have a Duty to Provide Care to Residents
Florida law expressly outlines the rights of nursing home residents in the state, including at all facilities in the Sarasota area. Those rights include a right to necessary health care. The statute identifies the following as a right of every nursing home resident in the state:
- “The right to receive adequate and appropriate health care and protective and support services; including social services; mental health services, if available; planned recreational activities; and therapeutic and rehabilitative services consistent with the resident care plan, with established and recognized practice standards within the community, and with rules as adopted by the agency.”
There are many additional rights outlined in the Florida Statutes, but the above right makes clear that residents are owed a duty of care —and must receive adequate care based on their needs — concerning assistance with medical care and activities of daily living.
Contact Kohn Law Today
Kohn Law can assist you with a claim against a nursing home if you have an elderly loved one who was harmed. Nursing homes owe a duty of care to residents, and lack of care that results in harm can lead to the facility being liable for damages. Contact our experienced Sarasota nursing home lack of care attorney today for assistance with your claim.