Types of Abuse
Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse & Emotional Abuse
Elder abuse in Tampa nursing homes may take on several forms. Physical abuse, emotional/mental abuse and sexual abuse are the three main forms of abuse which may occur in an assisted living facility or nursing home.
If you have noticed any of the signs that may identify nursing home abuse, it is important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible. A Tampa personal injury attorney at Distasio Law Firm can help you in determining your rights and options at this point. At our firm, we believe that you deserve the opportunity to hold the facility or caregiver responsible for their wrongdoing. A lawyer can help you by recovering financial compensation on your behalf, bringing a civil lawsuit or claim against the responsible party.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse in Tampa
Monitoring your elderly loved one’s mental and physical condition is crucial in order to identify the signs of nursing home abuse. Acting quickly will be in your best interests, as it will be easier to prove wrongdoing and to be successful in whatever action you take. A competent elder abuse attorney can help you in stopping nursing home abuse.
Physical abuse involves the infliction of physical pain, discomfort, or injury. Physical abuse can lead to an elderly or dependent adult sustaining extensive injuries or even being wrongfully killed. In nursing homes, physical abuse may include beatings, sexual assault, malnutrition, deprivation, or use of inappropriate or unnecessary restraints. Some examples of physical abuse in a nursing home may include:
- sexual assault
- continual deprivation of food
- continual deprivation of water
- unnecessary restraints
Verbal and mental abuse is not physically harmful, but the side effects are just as damaging, as people who are verbally or mentally abused often feel exploited, hopeless, and uncared for. In nursing homes, verbal and mental abuse can be very hard to detect, as victims will usually not have any physical signs of abuse on their bodies. However, victims of verbal and mental abuse in nursing homes will usually display certain behaviors, or act in a strange manner, especially around their loved ones. For example, people who have been extensively verbally or mentally abused may be withdrawn or overly agitated.
Residents at nursing home facilities frequently fall victim to financial exploitation. Nurses, caretakers, administrators, and other nursing home staff may also resort to physical or emotional abuse in their efforts to procure funds. Our firm stands up for victims and families and works to hold wrongdoers and/or facilities liable for allowing the abuse to happen.
Looking for an attorney for nursing home abuse in Tampa?
Once any indications of nursing home abuse or elder abuse of any form are observed, it is a good idea for friends and family to speak with the elderly or dependant adult about possible abuse, and then to consult with an experienced nursing home abuse attorney.
The Distasio Law Firm is an excellent choice if you are looking for the legal representation you need. Elder abuse lawyer Scott Distasio is not only experienced and knowledgeable, he is dedicated to his clients and to protecting their interests and future. Attorney Distasio believes that elder abuse should be stopped, and he is committed to achieving this through his exceptional legal counsel.
Contact an attorney at Distasio Law Firm today to find out more about the types of elder abuse and what an attorney can do to assist you in making it stop.