Can you imagine placing an elderly relative in a nursing home or senior care facility thinking they are receiving the care and support they need, only to find out your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect?
Unfortunately, cases of nursing home abuse and neglect happen all too often in Florida. If you believe an elderly friend or relative is the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, it’s important to take immediate action. This includes sharing your concerns with nursing home administrators, removing your loved one from the facility, or filing a complaint with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
If a loved one has been injured as a result of suspected nursing home abuse or neglect, you’ll want to retain the services of a Tampa nursing home abuse attorney. Depending on the circumstances, your loved one may be entitled to recover compensation for the damages you and your elderly loved one have endured.
Lisa Levine P.A. is a nationally recognized Tampa nursing home abuse attorney who has been defending the rights of clients in nursing homes, retirement communities and senior care facilities in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Largo, Palm Harbor, Brandon, Dunedin, Riverview and other Gulf Coast Florida communities for almost 30 years. Lisa possesses the knowledge, skills and resources needed to successfully pursue even the most complex Tampa nursing home neglect/abuse cases.
Nursing Home Neglect versus Abuse: What’s the Difference?
What is the difference between nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect? Generally, neglect refers to the failure of nursing home staff to provide residents with the proper care, whether physical or psychological neglect. Abuse is characterized as the maltreatment of a person, physically or psychologically. Nursing home abuse can include:
- Physical Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Psychological Abuse
- Financial Exploitation
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
These are signs of possible nursing home neglect or abuse that you should be alert for:
- Complaints of poor treatment
- Bedsores or decubitus “pressure” ulcers
- Unexplained injuries
- Cuts and scrapes
- Silence around caretakers
- Broken bones
- Poor hygiene
- Unsanitary conditions
- Unclean bedding and clothes
- Agitation, withdrawal, or fear
- Poor nutrition or unexplained weight loss
- Sudden changes in behavior or habits
- Infections or disease
- Hair loss
- Identity Theft
- Sudden financial difficulties
- Unpaid bills
- Changes in a will
- Change in power of attorney
Lisa Levine Protects the Rights of Tampa Seniors and Their Families
Florida state law guarantees elderly citizens the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to be free from physical, mental, emotional or financial abuse. If the nursing home facility that cares for your elderly relative has violated these rights and injury or death has resulted, Lisa Levine is here to see they get justice. If you suspect your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, reach out to Tampa medical negligence attorney Lisa Levine.
As a nursing home abuse attorney, Lisa Levine has successfully represented victims of neglect and abuse in Tampa and other Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk County communities for almost 30 years. Her clients and their families know they can depend on Lisa to expose any elderly abuse taking place in a Tampa nursing home, take the necessary steps to protect their loved one’s rights and ensure they receive the full and proper compensation for any damages resulting from nursing home negligence and abuse.