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Elder Abuse

Giving A Voice To Vulnerable Elders

Finding out that an elderly loved one has been abused or mistreated can leave you feeling shell shocked. You’re probably wondering how this could have happened. You may feel rightfully angry and perhaps even guilty that you couldn’t protect your loved one.

However, it’s not your fault. The blame falls squarely on the shoulders of those who perpetrated the mistreatment and the facilities that allowed it to take place.

Our Commitment

At the Miami area law firm of Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A., we’re committed to protecting vulnerable elders by holding nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other care providers accountable. You and your loved one deserve answers. Above all, you deserve justice.

As one of the few Florida firms that focuses on this area of law, we know how to uncover the truth in these difficult cases.

Taking A Stand Against All Types Of Abuse, Neglect And Mistreatment

Our work focuses on giving a voice to the voiceless. We stand up for the dignity, rights and well-being of those who are physically or mentally vulnerable. Our representation extends to seniors who have suffered harm in nursing homes, assisted living facilities (ALF) or group homes, as well as those who have been hurt while under the care of a home health caregiver. We also represent elderly people who have been injured at day care centers for adults.

Our lawyers handle all types of elder abuse and neglect cases such as those involving:

In many cases, mistreatment of seniors involves medical negligence. Our attorneys are skilled at addressing these complex claims.

We also handle tragic cases involving wrongful deaths.

Our lawyers are ready to file claims and take legal action against HCR ManorCare, Heartland, Brookdale Senior Living, Life Care Centers of America and any other facility responsible for causing harm to an elderly person.

The warning signs of elderly abuse can be subtle. Family members must be diligent in order to spot them early and take action to protect their loved ones, as well as other vulnerable seniors at the same facility. Our experience means we understand what contributes to elderly abuse. We are able to spot the signs and take swift and decisive action when appropriate, so we encourage families to reach out to us if they have any concerns about the treatment of their elderly loved ones.

Discuss Next Steps During A Free Consultation. Put our 40-plus years of experience to work for you. Call (305) 909-6541 or reach out to us online to discuss how we can protect your loved one’s rights and well-being. You won’t have to pay any fees or costs out of pocket.

Elder Abuse and Its Many Forms

Senior citizens have earned their dignity and the ability to enjoy their golden years to their fullest potential. Florida, the U.S. state with the highest numbers of seniors and retirees, is host to millions doing just that.

Elderly people and those who care for them, however, must remain vigilant against mistreatment by family members, caretakers and others in their lives. Elder abuse, together with neglect and exploitation, can involve a variety of crimes and breaches of trust. Statistics are difficult to gather on elder abuse. It is reported that one in ten people above age 60 who live at home have experienced abusive behavior, and there are occasionally reports of abuse in nursing homes.

However, the nature of elder abuse — trust between patient and caretaker, mental illnesses and feelings of humiliation — lead many cases to go unreported. For every known case, there may be 23 cases of elder abuse that are not known.

It is often best to approach the possibility of elder abuse if one or several of its many symptoms are observed. These includes physical, psychological and material effects. Unexplained injuries may be a result of elder abuse, as well as signs of neglect such as malnutrition or skin problems. Problems with sleep and susceptibility to illness are also connected to abuse.

Anxiety is often expressed by abuse victims, as well as the appearance of helplessness or post-traumatic stress. Unusual payments or missing money could suggest an elder’s funds or property are being mishandled.

Senior citizens have rights and protections against every type of elder abuse. An experienced attorney can help you if you believe you or someone you love has experienced physical or mental abuse.

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