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Elderly Abuse in Florida

By Boohoff Law, P.A.  Sep. 6, 2011 4:34p

Florida has one of the largest elderly populations in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010 there were over 3 million people above the age of 65 living in Florida. The exact number of instances of elder abuse is unknown because so many cases go unreported. Elders often feel ashamed and embarrassed about the abuse and don't know who to turn to. Elderly citizens are some of the most vulnerable in our society because they are often helpless to protect themselves from the egregious acts of criminals. If you suspect that a loved one is being abused in a nursing home, we strongly urge you to contact a Brandon personal injury lawyer at Boohoff Law, P.A. to investigate the matter.    

Major Types of Elderly Abuse

  • Physical abuse - this is any physical force or violence that results in bodily injury, physical pain or impairment. This can include striking the person with or without an object, hitting, shaking, slapping, kicking, punching, etc. Physical abuse can also include using medication inappropriately, physically restraining the person or force-feeding someone.
  • Sexual abuse - this is non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an elderly person. It can also include sexual contact with a person who is unable to give consent. Unwanted touching, rape, coerced nudity and inappropriate photography are all forms of sexual abuse.
  • Neglect - this is the failure to provide necessary care to an elderly person. In a nursing home situation, this can include ensuring that proper nutrition, medication and clothing have been provided.
  • Financial exploitation - this can include forcing an elderly person to sign documents that he/she does not understand, forging signatures and cashing checks or stealing money or possessions from an elderly person.
  • Emotional or psychological abuse - this can include demeaning and insulting an elderly person, threatening, intimidating, or humiliating the person. This can also include isolating the elderly person from social activities, friends or family.

Do You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse in Tampa?

If you think that your loved one is being abused by someone at their nursing home, don't delay in contacting local authorities, as well as seeking the advice of a skilled and compassionate attorney from Boohoff Law, P.A. A Brandon personal injury attorney who specializes in nursing home abuse cases can recognize the signs of abuse and can advise you on the best way to help your loved one get compensated for the abuse.

Has your loved one been abused in a nursing home? Contact a Brandon personal injury attorney at Boohoff, P.A. to find out what legal remedies are available.  

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