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 lawyer at
(727) 312-1264 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 Weston Smith Law at
(727) 312-1264 to schedule your free consultation today.