Nursing Home Abuse

St. Petersburg Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

Dedicated Legal Support for Abuse Victims & Their Families

Unfortunately, nursing home abuse has become so prevalent in this country that it has resulted in a practice area for many legal professionals. This type of abuse that occurs to our most vulnerable citizens is inexcusable. Despite this, according to statistic by various organizations that track it, nursing home abuse occurs to as many as 5,000,000 individuals every year.

Studies have reported that up 24 percent of nursing home residents experience at least one type of abuse. The older an individual becomes the more vulnerable he or she becomes to various types of abuse in long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and other adult care facilities in this country. It is also a fact that many instances of nursing home abuse go unreported so the real numbers are not known.

Nursing home residents have certain rights under state or federal law and, when violated in terms of abuse, must be protected. If your family member has suffered some type of abuse in any kind of elder facility, you may have grounds for an injury claim.

At Weston Smith Law, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of the elderly living out their lives in such facilities and will work zealously on their behalf. Under no circumstances should these fragile individuals suffer any type of misconduct from caregivers and medical staff upon whom they are dependent.

Has your family member suffered abuse? Reach out to our St. Petersburg nursing home abuse attorney at (727) 408-6100 to discuss your potential injury claim in a free case evaluation.

What Does Nursing Home Abuse Consist Of?

A resident in a nursing home or other caregiving facility for the elderly can suffer various types of abuse.

These can include:

  • Physical abuse, such as hitting, slapping, punching, pushing, shoving, kicking, using objects to cause injury, or restraining the resident with some type of physical or chemical restraint that immobilizes. It can show up as bruises, lacerations, broken bones, over-medicating, and other physical injuries.
  • Actual physical neglect that shows up as bed sores, weight loss, dehydration, lack of hygiene, and injuries caused by slip and fall accidents.
  • Emotional, psychological, or verbal abuse that can cause fear or emotional or mental distress or trauma. This can be done through threats, isolation, insults, name-calling, or the use of overbearing restrictions against such actions as using the phone, speaking, making requests, and more.
  • Sexual abuse, which involves knowing and intentional violation against the resident through unwanted sexual activity. This activity can range from unwanted touching or groping to rape. It can lead to both physical and emotional damage and may be perpetrated on residents who are both cognizant and those that are not.
  • Financial abuse, wherein the resident is exploited or manipulated by another for financial gain. This can be accomplished through forgery of documents, theft of possessions, money, or personal financial statements, gaining trust so as to deceive the victim into gaining financial control, or misusing a Power of Attorney. This can lead to the loss of income and savings needed by the resident for future care.

Nursing home abuse is generally committed by those staffers who have direct care and responsibility for the resident, such as aides and other various levels of nursing home staff. However, it can also be done by other residents or even visitors to the facility.

Nursing home administrative staff can additionally commit forms of abuse despite the fact that they do not interact directly on a daily basis with residents. This can be done through financial manipulation or through withholding information from residents or their family members or by failing to respond to requests or concerns.

Protect Your Loved One with Help from Weston Smith Law

If you suspect that your family member has suffered any type of abuse or neglect in an elder care facility, you should discuss it with the administrator of the facility as soon as possible. If you do not get satisfaction there, you may have grounds for a claim of abuse or injury that could result in civil or even criminal penalties against the perpetrator or the facility. At our firm, we will do everything possible to see that your claim leads to the justice your loved one deserves.

Contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at Weston Smith Law at (727) 408-6100to schedule your free consultation today.

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