What Does Elder Abuse Look Like?
According to the Nursing Home Abuse Guide, almost 10% of nursing home and assisted living residents experience elder abuse. This is shocking, considering that we are entrusting our loved ones to people who we hope are better capable of caring for them than we are. Elder abuse can be difficult to detect, but if you suspect your loved one’s injuries or death were caused by abuse, you can take legal action with the help of a Florida elder abuse attorney.
Elder abuse can be divided into four categories:
- Physical: this can include inappropriate restraints as well as physical violence
- Emotional: humiliating, degrading, terrorizing, intimidating, etc. an elder
- Sexual: non-consensual sexual contact
- Financial: often occurs when someone convinces or coerces an elder to provide them with personal information or access to finances, as well as modification of wills
The elderly are often tricked or coerced into these forms of abuse due to weakened physical and mental capacities. Because of elders in nursing homes and assisted living centers are out of your supervision most of the time, abuse can be difficult to identify. One of the best ways you can help protect your loved one is by visiting frequently and ensuring they are being appropriately cared for.
Protecting and Fighting for Victims of Elder Abuse and Neglect
How can I prove elder abuse? Elderly people often have difficulty remembering enough information to make a viable claim, so sometimes proving your case might seem complicated. Our elder law attorneys in West Palm Beach can help you build your case on sound evidence, understand state laws surrounding assisted living/nursing home responsibilities, and collect compensation that can help you provide for needed medical expenses and injuries. Prosecuting can also help prevent abuse to future residents.
If you believe your loved one is being treated inappropriately, get them out of the situation as soon as possible and then contact a Florida elder abuse lawyer to help you litigate your case.
At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, we do everything we can to make complicated legal issues as simple as possible. We offer several options for learning more about Florida elder abuse claims. All of our contact information can be found HERE. You can also use the Live Chat on our Home Page to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have with one of our knowledgeable representatives. To speak to someone by phone, call our number (561) 655-1990.