Hollywood Medicinal Abuse
Medicinal abuse can involve withholding medication on purpose or intentionally overmedicating a resident or patient so that they require less care from a caregiver. Unfortunately, medicinal abuse in Hollywood and other communities is far too common and is a common type of medical malpractice and elder abuse.
If you suspect that someone you love is the victim of medicinal abuse, contact Flaxman Law Group at any time to arrange for a free, no obligation consultation. Florida law does protect your loved one and does allow you to seek compensation in cases of abuse and negligence in order to secure compensation for injuries. This compensation can help you get an elderly loved one or another loved one to safety and into a healthier environment.Medicinal Abuse and Elder Abuse in Hollywood
Although anyone can fall prey to medicinal abuse, it is very frequently a type of elder abuse. It can be especially prevalent in understaffed nursing homes and in private homes where family members have a hard time coping with an elderly family member who needs care. Medicinal abuse can take many forms:
- A doctor may overprescribe pain medication rather than pursuing other forms of treatment or pain management
- A caregiver may overmedicate an elderly person because they do not know how else to manage a serious condition
- A caregiver may unintentionally overmedicate a charge
- A caregiver may overmedicate or over-sedate an elderly person as a form of punishment or abuse
- An elderly person may be kept heavily sedated because they are neglected or to make them compliant for other forms of abuse (such as financial abuse or sexual abuse)
Overmedication and other forms of medicinal abuse steal time from an elderly person and reduce their life to a drowsy state in which they cannot fully participate in and enjoy the world around them. Sedation and other drugs can also make it hard for an elderly person to fight back and report the abuse. Overmedication can also leave a victim dependent on pills and addicted to a substance that may hurt them and may interact with other medication they are taking.What You Can Do
If you suspect that an elderly loved one is the victim of abuse, contact a personal injury attorney. If you are looking for a personal injury attorney for your family, contact Flaxman Law Group. All consultations at Flaxman Law Group are free of charge and come with absolutely no obligation. Our staff speak Spanish, Creole, and English so that you can speak in the language that you are most comfortable with. Our easily accessible offices in Hollywood, Homestead, and Miami make it easy for you to reach us when you need to. Our staff is also willing to travel to your workplace, hospital room, or home to discuss your situation with you. Our attorneys are committed to helping victims from all walks of life get the justice and compensation that they deserve.
With more than sixty years of combined legal experience as well as a reputation for compassionate and professional legal advice and advocacy, our attorneys work around the clock to provide their clients with the best possible representation and advice. Contact Flaxman Law Group today to find out what can be done in your situation.