Gainesville Nursing Home Abuse
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Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in Gainesville, Florida
One of the most difficult decisions you can make is the one to place an elderly loved on in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Such facilities are places that can handle medical and day-to-day living needs that they cannot handle on the outside themselves any longer. The hope is that the people and facilities we entrust the care of our loved ones to would provide them the same level of personal attention that they experience on the outside. Sadly, however, nursing home abuse is becoming an epidemic in the United States as more and more people reach elderhood. An estimated 5 million seniors are the victims of some form of abuse each year, and there are innumerable other cases that go unreported. If you suspect one of your loved ones in an assisted living facility is being abused, our experience attorneys can help bring the ones responsible to justice.
Types and Signs of Elder Abuse
Nursing home abuse takes many forms, including physical or emotional abuse. These different forms often overlap, and can include:
- Bruises or cuts that are unexplained
- Clothing that is torn or bloody
- Broken bones unrelated to a fall
- Intimidation, either through yelling, threats, or a combination
- Humiliation or degradation
- Flat-out ignoring the patient
- Isolating the patient from other residents or activities in the facility
- Terrorizing or mocking the patient
In the worse case scenario, physical abuse can lead to wrongful death.
If your loved one has been neglected you may notice:
- Some or all of their medications being administered improperly, or not being administered at all
- Clothing or bed linens that are soiled
- Dirty or unsanitary living conditions
- Obvious signs of malnourishment or dehydration
If the abuse is sexual in nature, he or she may show or suffer from:
- Bleeding around the genitals or anal area
- Symptoms of venereal disease
- Undergarments that are bloody or torn
- Bruising in intimate areas
In some cases, sexual abuse takes the form of senior citizens being forced to watch pornographic material or sex acts performed by their caretakers.
The most common form of non-physical abuse of the elderly is financial exploitation. Unscrupulous caregivers may take advantage of a senior’s mental state and:
- Misuse checks, accounts, or credit cards belonging to the elder
- Steal cash, checks or other belongings from their rooms
- Forge signatures on check or other financial documents
- Authorize withdrawals or money transfers without the elder’s consent
- Steal the elder’s identity
Frequent rackets used to swindle elders out of their money are phony charities, shady or falsified investment opportunities, or telling them they have won a “prize.”
Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in Gainesville
Nursing home abuse is a crime on the rise, given how often it goes unreported. If you suspect a loved one you entrusted to an assisted living facility is being abused or mistreated, you have the right to seek damages and hold them legally responsible.
We will answer any questions our clients may have, explain their legal rights, and help them through every step of this difficult process. We are committed to each client and helping them receive the compensation they deserve.
If you suspect nursing home abuse, contact The Eberst Law Firm online or call our Gainesville office at 772-225-4900 to discuss your case in a free consultation with one of our experienced Gainesville nursing home abuse attorneys. Our compassionate and experienced attorneys will be happy to help while excercising the understanding and care that these cases deserve.