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Panama City Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Representing Victims of Nursing Home Negligence in FL

While nursing homes can provide needed support, reliable care, and safe living to older adults, it's no secret that nursing home abuse is a serious and prominent issue. Not only can assisted living facilities entail complex corporate structures that serve to subvert the justice system, causing harm to elderly residents and their loved ones, but they are also susceptible to nursing home negligence and elder abuse. 

At Perry & Young, P.A., we understand the emotional and sensitive nature of nursing home abuse cases, which is why our nursing home abuse lawyers are here to guide your steps with wisdom and integrity. With over 15 years of experience advocating for the wrongfully injured in Panama City, our attorneys are well-equipped to prioritize your family's best interests while fighting for the fair compensation you deserve. 

If you or an elderly loved one suffered nursing home abuse in Florida, call (850) 215-7777 to request a free consultation with a Panama City lawyer.

What Constitutes Nursing Home Abuse?

In Florida, nursing home abuse is defined as any action or inaction by caregivers that causes harm to an elderly resident. There are many ways that nursing home abuse can manifest in assisted living facilities and lead to substantial physical and emotional harm to elderly loved ones. There are various types of elder abuse, including:

  • Sexual Abuse

    Sexual abuse in nursing homes is a deeply disturbing type of elder abuse that involves non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an elderly person, such as:

    • Forced involvement in sexual interactions
    • Taking explicit photographs without consent
    • Making unwelcome sexual comments

    This type of nursing home abuse includes sexual acts with individuals incapable of legally consenting due to their health or mental capacity. Victims of sexual abuse often struggle to disclose such incidents due to fear, shame, or cognitive difficulties, making detection and prevention challenging.

    Some common signs of sexual abuse in nursing homes include:

    • New and unexplained sexually transmitted diseases
    • Injuries to the genital area, such as bruises, bleeding, torn clothing, or stained undergarments
    • Sudden changes in behavior, such as increased agitation or withdrawal from social activities
  • Financial Abuse

    Financial abuse is a serious but often overlooked form of nursing home abuse. Also known as economic abuse, financial abuse entails inappropriate use of an elderly person's funds, property, or other financial resources without their consent.

    This form of abuse often occurs in nursing homes when caregivers or other unscrupulous individuals exploit the vulnerability and trust of the elderly for personal gain. Common examples of financial abuse in nursing homes include:

    • Unauthorized use of an elderly person's funds or credit cards
    • Deception or coercion to alter a will, deed, or power of attorney
    • Stealing money, checks, or belongings from the resident
    • Forcing or manipulating the elderly into financial transactions or investments
    • Fraudulently charging for healthcare services is a practice known as healthcare fraud.

    Due to dementia, cognitive impairments, or related health conditions, victims of financial abuse are often unaware that the abuse is occurring at all, making it all the more vital for their loved ones to know the warning signs and secure representation as soon as possible if financial abuse is suspected.

  • Emotional Abuse

    Emotional abuse, also known as psychological abuse, can lead to serious harm for elderly victims in Florida. While many assume emotional abuse isn’t as harmful as other forms of nursing home abuse, such as physical or sexual abuse, research indicates that emotional abuse can be just as harmful, if not more so, than other types.

    Emotional abuse can be verbal—such as direct threats, intimidation, humiliation, and name-calling—or nonverbal, such as isolating an elderly person from their friends or activities. Common examples of emotional abuse in nursing homes include:

    • Ignoring or dismissing the elderly person's feelings or needs
    • Yelling, criticizing, or belittling the elderly resident
    • Threatening or intimidating the resident
    • Isolating the resident from social interactions
    • Refusing to speak to or treating the elder like a child
    • Creating a hostile environment through arguing or fighting
    • Manipulating the resident through deceit or mind games
    • Mocking, ridiculing, or making fun of the elderly person
    • Habitual blaming or scapegoating
  • Physical Abuse

    In assisted living facilities, physical abuse entails using force against an elderly resident, resulting in physical pain, injury, or impairment. Common examples of physical abuse in nursing homes include:

    • Force-feeding or withholding food
    • Striking or hitting with a hand or object
    • Pushing, shoving, or roughly handling the elderly
    • Inappropriate use of restraints or confinement
    • Neglecting to assist with personal care, leading to pressure sores or infections
    • Overmedication or medication errors, causing health complications

    It's imperative for individuals and families in Panama City to know the common warning signs of physical abuse to prevent serious harm to themselves or an elderly loved one. If you suspect nursing home abuse, seeking sound counsel from a trusted lawyer is vital to protecting your family's safety and demanding justice and compensation from liable parties.

  • Elder Neglect

    Elder neglect, often a silent form of elder abuse, occurs when nursing home personnel fail to fulfill their caregiving obligations by depriving elderly residents of basic needs, such as:

    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Clothing
    • Hygiene
    • Necessary medical care

    Neglect can be intentional, such as direct harm or gross negligence, or unintentional, such as ignorance or inability to provide adequate care. This type of nursing home abuse can leave victims at high risk of health complications and a diminished quality of life. Warning signs often include malnutrition, bedsores, poor personal hygiene, unattended medical needs, and unusual weight loss.

Compassionate Representation in Panama City

Our dedicated nursing home abuse lawyers at Perry & Young, P.A. have handled thousands of cases in Panama City and the surrounding areas. From medical malpractice to personal injury to workers’ compensation disputes, our extensive knowledge and diverse experience in various legal practice areas empower us to provide high-quality representation to the voiceless. Since 2008, our firm has committed itself to tirelessly protecting the rights of victims injured due to abuse or negligence. Our team takes pride in equipping clients with needed knowledge, resources, and fierce representation to seek justice and take back their lives.

Nursing home abuse can have serious consequences. Our firm can help. Contact us online to discuss your case with a nursing home abuse attorney.

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Common Signs of Nursing Home Negligence

No one deserves to be mistreated, especially by caregivers entrusted with our safety and protection. Sadly, nursing home negligence is more common than many Floridians realize. With nursing home abuse affecting thousands of families every year, it's imperative to recognize the warning signs and take legal action as soon as possible if you suspect you or a loved one is experiencing elder abuse. 

Below are some common warning signs of nursing home abuse:

  • Bedsores or infections 
  • Weight loss and malnutrition
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, or injuries 
  • Changes in behavior, such as increased anxiety or withdrawal
  • Poor hygiene and unsanitary living conditions 

If you notice any of these signs, seeking sound counsel from a trusted nursing home abuse attorney in Panama City is crucial to seeking fair compensation and demanding justice. 

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