Nursing home abuse and neglect can take a variety of different forms. Medical malpractice and negligent care are common in homes for the elderly. Physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse, and financial exploitation are a few of the serious crimes that are sometimes committed against senior citizens. If you have a parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent who lives in a nursing home, the thought of this type of treatment is horrifying.
Elder abuse is especially concerning to the state of Florida. It is no secret that Florida’s population is graying, and because Florida has such a large elderly population, there are ample opportunities for nursing home abuse and neglect. Florida even has its own Department of Elder Affairs and an elder abuse hotline that are intended to address this very serious problem.
Seniors frequently fail to report nursing home abuse. Especially in cases of financial exploitation or fraud, an elderly person may not know that he is being abused until it is too late. In cases of physical and sexual abuse, victims of any age often fail to report wrongdoing because they feel a sense of shame or helplessness. Thus, it is imperative that friends and loved ones of elderly people recognize some of the common indicators of elder abuse.
The signs of nursing home abuse and neglect can be subtle. If your elderly friend or relative has experienced instances of dehydration, wandering, unexplained injuries, frequent falls, or bed sores, he may be a victim of abuse or neglect in his nursing home. You should also be mindful of an elderly friend’s demeanor. A radical change in personality could be the result of mental abuse or berating by nursing home staff.
The legal landscape for nursing home abuse law is diverse. When an elderly person is abused, statutes, contract law, personal injury law, medical malpractice law, and even criminal law can be implicated. A good elder abuse attorney will be able to navigate through each of these legal practice areas with ease.
If you suspect that an elderly loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, call the South Florida elder abuse attorneys at Anidjar & Levine. Legal action could help stop a facility’s abusive practices, and your loved one may be entitled to compensation for his injury. If your family member actually died as a direct result of medical malpractice, abuse, or neglect, your family could be entitled to wrongful death damages.
To speak with an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorney, call Anidjar & Levine at (800) 747–FREE for a free initial consultation. Our personal injury and criminal lawyers stand ready to help victims of abuse.