Tampa Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Tampa nursing home abuse attorney Kim Kohn has vast and unique experience in zealously representing her clients and have had tremendous successes.
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.
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.