Did Your Loved One Receive The Care They Needed?
Hiring the right caregiver to provide your elderly loved one with the daily help they need to live with some level of autonomy through their golden years. However, some caregivers, through inexperience, a lack of understanding of their responsibilities, malicious intent, etc. neglect those in their care. In these situations, you may need to bring in outside help to ensure that your loved one receives the care they deserve.
Call our firm at (813) 518-7941 to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer today.
Far too many elderly citizens are neglected and abused across the United States. Our Tampa elder abuse lawyers at Givens Givens Sparks know just how challenging these situations can be for the victim and their entire family. With more than 135 years of collective experience, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands when you work with us. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options and begin planning out your next steps.
Warning Signs Of Neglect
Neglect can present itself in a number of different ways depending on the intent of the person in charge of your loved one’s health and safety. In some cases, the caregiver actively chooses to neglect their patient, and in others their lack of training and/or resources results in unavoidable neglect. Sometimes your loved one could even be neglecting themselves by refusing outside care. These cases can be difficult to manage without outside assistance in order to help them find a reason to take care of themselves again.
In cases where the caregiver intentionally or unintentionally neglects your loved one, it’s almost that person’s fault. Whether they lack the energy, skills, or training necessary to provide the care your loved one needs, you need to make an extra effort to make sure they receive the care they need. Some warning signs include:
- Untreated medical conditions
- Lack of necessary items like braces, dentures, wheelchairs, glasses, etc.
- Progression of chronic diseases even with a care plan in place
- Worsening dementia
- Poor personal hygiene, including the presence of feces and/or urine, lice, unwashed clothing, etc.
- Wearing the wrong clothing for the weather
- The patient expressing emotional distress
- The patient having constant nightmares or having trouble sleeping
- The patient suddenly losing their appetite
- The patient acting confused or disoriented
- The patient appearing numb, withdrawn, or emotionally detached
- The patient exhibiting regressive behavior
- The patient exhibiting self-destructive behavior
- The patient showing fear of their caregiver
- The patient expressing unrealistic hope that their care will simply improve on its own of that their clearly inadequate care is good enough
- The caregiver showing signs of anger, frustration, and/or exhaustion
- The caregiver attempting to keep their patient isolated from friends and family
- Clear signs that the caregiver lacks the skills necessary to provide an adequate level of care
- The caregiver constantly changing your loved one’s social and healthcare providers
- The caregiver refusing to find extra help when it’s clearly needed
Work With A Firm You Can Rely On
At Givens Givens Sparks, our Tampa elder abuse attorneys have represented thousands of families and individuals in their time of need for decades, and remain dedicated to securing our clients the legal outcome they deserve. If your loved one was neglected by those who were supposed to care for them, call us at (813) 518-7941 to explain your situation over the phone or send us the details of your case through our online form to start out with a case evaluation from one of our attorneys.