Neglect and emotional abuse are two of the most common forms of nursing home abuse. Estimates indicate that up to 2 million U.S. citizens aged 65 years or older have been mistreated, injured, or exploited by a caregiver.
Seniors are vulnerable to abuse due to risk factors like lack of mobility and isolation. If you suspect a loved one has been taken advantage of by a caregiver in a nursing home it may be beneficial to work with a Stuart FL nursing home negligence attorney to stop the harm before it’s too late.
In the years 2015-2019, there was a nearly 75% increase in reports of nursing home abuse in Florida, yet only about 7% of them get reported to authorities.
Mistreatment of the elderly is defined as undertaking intentional actions which result in harm to an elderly person by a trusted caregiver. Physical abuse is the most prevalent, but emotional, sexual, and financial abuse also occur. Signs to look for include:
Keep in mind that while signs and symptoms may be similar, each case is different.
Florida state statutes regarding nursing homes are designed to regulate the care and services provided by those facilities. All residents are entitled to a set of basic rights and, if they’re violated, you have the legal right to seek compensation and justice.
Has your loved one suffered abuse or neglect in a Florida nursing home? Attorney Gloria Seidule is a fierce and passionate advocate for victims of elder abuse who can sensitively handle your nursing home abuse case, obtaining justice for victims who so often are unable to protect themselves. Contact our offices today for a free consultation. Call 772-287-1220 today.