Most of the residents in a nursing home are elderly or infirmed and unable to take care of themselves. They may be at different stages of helplessness and insecurity, but they are usually weak and sometimes frail. The people who live in nursing homes are dependent on the people around them for help in all of the basics of life, as well as to help them improve their quality of life however possible. In short, they are easy targets for those who might abuse them in any number of ways.
When our loved ones have been abused in any way, it is usually by someone who knows his or her victim can’t fight back or even understand what is happening to them. There are more kinds of abuse than just physical, although that is the one that most often comes to mind when we think about nursing home abuse. The major forms of abuse are verbal, emotional, and physical. The following kinds of abuse are most often cited in nursing home cases:
- Degrading the Patient Verbally
- Threatening the Patient
- Emotional Manipulation of the Patient
- Emotionally Threatening the Patient
- Physical Injury of the Patient
- Manipulating the Patient Physically
- Sexual Abuse of the Patient
If you or a loved one has been abused in an assisted living or nursing home situation, contact our personal injury attorney in Tampa, FL, at The Law Offices of James G. Souza III, P.A. Call (813) 254-9205 to discuss your case.