Elder Abuse Lawyer in Tampa, FL
Protecting The Elderly From Abuse
When your family member enters a nursing home or hospital, or is in the
care of someone in a home environment, you expect they will be cared for
with skill and compassion. Sadly, that isn't always the case. Many
forms of elder abuse occur on a daily basis across the United States.
This abuse can lead to severe consequences for your family member, including
overmedication, bed sores, malnutrition, dehydration, actual
physical injuries and even
If you have a loved one who you suspect is being abused, or have evidence
that abuse has actually occurred, it is vital you contact a Tampa personal
injury lawyer right away. With the frail health that many of our elderly
have, you cannot waste any time in obtaining legal representation to protect
your loved one's rights.
Types of Elder Abuse
Many facilities that are guilty of elder abuse do so in order to cut corners,
either through lack of staffing or improper and inadequate medical and
nutritional services. Specific types of abuse include:
Hospital Elder Neglect
When your loved one is in a hospital setting, neglect can occur due to
incorrect or no medication, failure to properly bathe, change or move
your loved one to prevent bedsores and actual physical abuse due to untrained
or uncaring staff.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
When in a nursing home setting, many times these are understaffed in order
to cut costs, resulting in neglect of proper hygiene and physical care
requirements for your loved one. As with hospital neglect, improper medication
and lack of training or care of staff can lead to abuse and neglect.
Neglect and Abuse By Caregivers
You may have your loved one being provided care at home by a professional
caregiver. Many times these caregivers are not properly trained or qualified
to care for your elderly family member and may cause neglect due to this
fact alone. There are also unscrupulous individuals that take advantage
of weak and helpless elders, abusing them physically and even mentally.
Elder Financial Abuse and Fraud
There are many scams both on the internet and over the phone that daily
swindle unsuspecting elders of their hard earned money. In addition, family
members can sometimes take advantage of the elderly and attempt to defraud
them of their money by labeling them incompetent or senile.
Get Help from Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law
If your elderly family member has been abused or neglected in any way,
contact the Tampa elder abuse attorneys at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys
at Law right away. We believe strongly that our seniors deserve the love
and respect they have earned through their life of hard work. No one should
be treated badly because they are unable to defend themselves.
We can be a strong advocate on their behalf.
Contact a Tampa elder abuse attorney immediately to determine your legal options.