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 death.
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 elder abuse 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.
We can be a strong advocate on their behalf. Contact a Tampa elder abuse attorney immediately to determine your legal options. Initial consultations are always free.
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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.
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.
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