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Elder Neglect

Elder Neglect

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:

Physical Indicators:

  • Malnourishment
  • Dehydration
  • 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
  • Bedsores

Behavioral Indicators:

  • 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

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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.

Case Results

  • Family Law Case - Child Custody

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which a child was nearly removed from her mother’s custody and given to the child’s alleged father, although the father had not yet established paternity. Candela filed a written response on behalf of her client (the mother) alleging fraud by the father and had the pick-up order set aside before custody was transferred to the father. The practical result was to allow the mother and child stay in their home state (not Florida) pending the resolution of the case. The Court agreed and granted Candela’s client custody.

  • Family Law Case - Child Custody

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client filed a Petition to Establish Paternity, and the mother was served. After being served, the mother fled the state with the child. Candela filed an Emergency Motion for the immediate return of the child, and at that hearing, which was granted on an emergency basis, the mother was forced to turn the child over to the father, giving the father sole custody of the child pending the ultimate resolution of the case.

  • Family Law Case - Relocation

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client (the father) accused his child’s mother of relocating the child out of state without the consent of the child’s father. Candela was able to obtain a court order to return the child to the state of Florida and to remain in her client’s care while establishing permanent custody and timesharing plans. After Candela’s successful litigation of the case, the Court ruled that the mother’s Petition for Relocation was denied, and that the child shall live primarily with Candela’s client in Florida, with summer and school break schedules allotted to the mother.

  • Family Law Case - Timesharing Violation

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client was accused of violating a timesharing schedule agreed upon by both parental parties at the time the couple was divorced. The client’s child’s mother claimed that Candela’s client did not return the child for holiday timesharing at both Christmas and Easter. Candela had sent formal correspondence to the child’s mother regarding the dispute over the interpretation of the timesharing schedule, and when she did not agree, the father kept the child. The Court agreed with Candela’s interpretation of the timesharing schedule and found that her client was not in contempt for either holiday.

  • Family Law Case - Unilateral Medical-Related Decisions

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which she filed a Motion for Contempt on behalf of her client against the mother of his child for making unilateral medical-related decisions for the minor child without his knowledge. The Court agreed that the mother was in violation of the final judgment of their dissolution of marriage and held her in indirect civil contempt. The Court also ordered that the treatment in question cease immediately and that the mother be solely responsible for any and all costs related to that treatment. Furthermore, the Court ordered that the mother was not to make any unilateral decisions in the future and was to notify the father of any future appointments so that he could be present either over the phone or in person.

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