Tampa Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Nursing home abuse is a grim reality that affects countless elderly individuals across the globe. As the global population ages, the need for nursing homes has increased, and unfortunately, so have instances of abuse within these facilities. Nursing home abuse encompasses various forms of maltreatment, including physical, emotional, sexual abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Tampa nursing home abuse attorney Kim Kohn has vast and unique experience in zealously representing her clients and have had tremendous successes.
- Assault & Battery
- Bed Sores
- Broken Bones
- Emotional Abuse
- Falling Incidents
- Financial Abuse
- Hospital Bed Sores
- Lack of Care
- Malnutrition Abuse
- Nursing Home Death
- Nursing Home Neglect
- Patient Suicide
- Physical Abuse
- Sepsis & Infections
- Sexual Abuse
- Unsanitary Conditions
Types of Abuse
- Physical Abuse: Physical abuse in nursing homes involves inflicting physical pain or injury upon a resident. This can include hitting, slapping, pushing, or improperly using restraints.
- Emotional Abuse: This is characterized by causing emotional pain, distress, or anguish through verbal or nonverbal acts. Examples include humiliation, intimidation, or isolation.
- Sexual Abuse: This involves non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with a nursing home resident.
- Neglect: Neglect is the failure to provide goods and services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness. This may include not attending to the basic needs of the resident, such as hygiene, nutrition, or necessary healthcare.
- Financial Exploitation: This involves the illegal or improper use of a resident’s funds, property, or assets.
The prevalence of nursing home abuse is alarmingly high, yet underreported. Many residents are often unable or afraid to report abuse. Some indicators of abuse include unexplained injuries, malnourishment, dehydration, sudden changes in behavior, and unexplained financial transactions.
What is Nursing Home Abuse Under Florida Law?
The NCOA makes clear that nursing home abuse can take many forms, including “physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment.” Elder abuse under Florida law (Fla. Stat. § 825.102), which the statute describes as “abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult,” is defined as one of the following:
- Inflicting injury upon an elderly person or disabled adult;
- An intentional act that could result in injury to an elderly person or disabled adult; or
- Active encouragement of any person to commit an act that could result in injury to an elderly person or disabled adult.
Florida takes nursing home abuse extremely seriously, and a person who is found to have committed abuse of an elderly person faces criminal penalties for a third-degree felony. The penalties become more serious when a person knowingly or willfully commits elder abuse and it results in great bodily harm or permanent injury to an elderly adult.
Contact An Experienced Tampa Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyer
It is important for families in Tampa to understand that, even though the Florida statute makes clear that there are criminal penalties for elder abuse, seniors and their families also may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for injuries. A nursing home abuse lawsuit is one particular type of personal injury claim, which is a civil lawsuit through which the plaintiff can seek financial compensation for losses. Contact our experienced Tampa nursing home abuse attorney today, we can help.