Throughout the United States, adults age 60 and older are likely to be victims of sexual abuse in their own homes, in nursing homes, and in the community. In situations where the offender is a resident or staff member in an institution, failure to involve law enforcement puts other residents at risk for the offender’s repetitive behavior.
In addition, failure of a medical referral for examination puts elders at risk for continuing abuse and for mental health issues resulting from living in a highly sexualized, if not abusive, environment. Unfortunately, age is no protection against sexual victimization as elder sexual abuse is a very complex problem that remains misunderstood.
Statistics are not only believed to be underreported from agencies that specialize in evaluating elders for abuse but are also reported in studies of rape and sexual assault.
If you have a loved one who was subjected to elder abuse in the form of sexual assault, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to work towards obtaining the damages your family deserves.
If you need an attorney to help you seek damages for injuries inflicted on a loved one in a Satellite Beach, FL, nursing facility, then contact an experienced personal injury attorney. At The Law Offices of James B. Coulter, James B Coulter is experienced in handling these types of case. Call to discuss your options today at (321) 586-9944.
As new research continues exposing the harmful abuse patterns in nursing homes, it is crucial for family members to stand up for their loved one's rights. The first step to help prevent elder abuse in nursing homes is learning how to spot the signs. Some of the signs of sexual abuse against an elder include the following:
• The appearance of vaginal or rectal bleeding
• Presence of a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
• Difficulty in sleeping
• Resentment and anger
• Genital scarring or abrasions
• Embarrassment and humiliation
• Depression and anxiety
Usually, if a nursing home is found at fault of nursing home abuse or neglect yet fails to remedy the situation, it can potentially face extensive civil charges and permanent closing of the facilities. This may include both civil and criminal charges.
Department of Elder Affairs- Search this site for information on reporting elder abuse in the state of Florida. Also, find information on protecting disabled adults or elderly individuals from further abuse, exploitation, or neglect.
Agency for Health Care Administration- Visit this site for links to copies of regular inspections and complaint inspection reports for Florida’s nursing homes and health care facilities.
If you or a loved one needs an attorney for an instance of elder abuse, contact the The Law Offices of James B. Coulter for a free consultation to discuss the case. Call (321) 586-9944 today.
This firm handles personal injury claims throughout the State of Florida, including Satellite Beach and Melbourne in Brevard County, FL. James Coulter also represents clients in the surrounding counties of Osceola County, Indian River County, Seminole County, Volusia County, and Orange County.