Many seniors require some form of caretaking as their physical and mental faculties decline. Caretakers may be granted formal legal powers over the senior’s affairs and act as a fiduciary through guardianship or power of attorney. Caretakers may also be a family member, friend, or other acquaintance who helps a senior manage their affairs.
Elder abuse in Florida is often under-reported and poorly understood. Although criminalized in Florida Law, elder abuse continues to rise within the state, especially within our communities in South Florida. According to recent statistics, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties have seen an increase in elder abuse claims in recent years. Nationally, almost one in ten elderly individuals have been victims of elder abuse, with one study finding that among elderly individuals with dementia, at least 47% had experienced mistreatment by their caregivers. Much like other forms of abuse, elder abuse frequently goes unreported. This means the true statistics for mistreatment of elders by their caregivers are even higher.
If you suspect that a parent other loved one is being mistreated or abused by their caregiver, nurse, in-home aid, or any other person do not hesitate to contact the elder abuse attorneys at The G Law Group. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis. Meaning you never pay us a fee unless we obtain compensation.
Remember, that in the State of Florida, anyone who stands in a position of trust and confidence in an elderly person has a duty to put the elder’s needs first, and not to exploit or use the elder’s assets for their own gain.