South Miami Elder Abuse
Seniors are vulnerable to abusers for a number of reasons. In some cases, the elderly are lonely or have traditional values that allow them to trust others. Criminals can take advantage of these facts – or of diminishing mental or physical facilities – to prey on seniors. Elder abuse in South Miami and Florida can take many forms, including physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, financial abuse, and medical abuse. All forms of abuse are reprehensible and can leave permanent scars. These scars can be physical, emotional, or financial and those who have been affected by any form of abuse deserve our support and assistance.
The attorneys at the law firm of Flaxman Law Group are committed to improving quality of life for the elderly. We help families fight elder abuse to the fullest extent of the law. If a member of your family has been injured through nursing home or elder abuse, contact our law firm at any time for a free, no obligation case review. You can always reach Flaxman Law Group by using our website or by calling 866-352-9626.An Often Overlooked Form of Elder Abuse: Medical Abuse in South Miami and Florida
There are many types of abuse that can affect the elderly, but when most people think of abuse they picture physical abuse or sexual abuse. In nursing homes and other care environments, however, a common and overlooked form of abuse is medical abuse. This can take many forms:
- Overmedicating a patient
- Under-medicating a patient
- Failing to take a patient to medical professionals
- Failing to give a patient medication or treatment as prescribed by a doctor
Medical abuse takes place for many reasons. Some caregivers fail to take a patient to a doctor in order to cover up other forms of abuse, for example. In some cases, under-medication or failure to provide treatment occurs because of neglect. Some caregivers deliberately overmedicate a patient in order to keep them quiet and compliant.
This form of abuse can have devastating consequences. A patient who is not given the right medical treatment or access to medical care can suffer severe and even life-threatening illness and complications. Over-medication can lead to overdoses or can leave a patient so drugged that they cannot enjoy life and instead live in a frightening type of stasis. In these cases, it is important for the friends and family of the victim to act as advocates and to take steps to stop the abuse.
Do you need legal advice after a family member has suffered an injury due to assisted living or nursing home abuse? Flaxman Law Group is a full service personal injury law firm with offices in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood. Our team of attorneys has served thousands of abuse and personal injury plaintiffs in Miami-Dade County, South Miami Heights, Palm Beach County, Broward County, and throughout South Florida, securing more than $100 million for our clients. If your family member has been affected by negligence or abuse in a care setting, give us a call at 866-352-9626 or use our website to set up a free, no obligation consultation.