Having your elderly loved one placed in a nursing home can be a difficult but necessary decision. If you have questions or concerns about whether or not your loved one is being abused you should contact a Tampa Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer.
What Is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse can be physical, mental, emotional or verbal. A Tampa Nursing Home Neglect attorney would advise you to take verbal, mental, and emotional abuse as seriously as you would take physical abuse. One very common form of non physical abuse against the elderly is that of terrorist threats.
What Is The Legal Definition Of A Terrorist Threat?
A terrorist threat is a criminal threat. Section 784.048 of the Florida Statutes defines Florida’s criminal threat law. Threats can also be implied by a pattern of behavior which places the person on the receiving end of the threat in reasonable fear for his/her safety or the safety of a loved one. The threat must be made with the apparent ability to carry it out.It is not necessary to prove that the person making the threat had the intent to physically carry out the threat as long as the person being threatened feels that the threat is real.
Note: In addition to threatening loved ones abusers may also threaten to harm pets, or withhold nursing home privileges to control their elderly victims. If you are an elderly person who has been threatened, or you know of an elderly person who has been threatened contact a Tampa Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer today.
Who Is At Risk?
Any elderly pursing living in a nursing home, and depending on others for care, is at risk. However, elderly women, the disabled elderly, and those who get confused, disoriented or are mentally impaired, are at an even greater risk.
Contact A Tampa Nursing Home Neglect Attorney
If you know an elderly person who has suffered a criminal threat from nursing home staff, call Tampa Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer Peter Giroux at (727) 895-5399 for a consultation.