Nursing Home Abuse
A series of articles published in recent months in the Miami Herald have shed light on elder abuse occurring in many state-run assisted living facilities, and it appears that Florida lawmakers are taking steps to toughen oversight of these facilities. The newspaper found that elder abuse is rampant in state facilities, often with little or no repercussions for the at-fault parties or the state agencies responsible for oversight. Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham was alarmed to learn of the abuse in many state nursing homes and applauds Florida legislators for the recent passage of committee bills 7176 and 7174.
A female employee at an Ormond Beach assisted living center was arrested recently and accused of stealing from people under her care. One of the more egregious accusations came from a 99-year-old resident who told police that the worker had taken her wedding ring off her finger. The accused, a 26-year-old Daytona Beach woman, faces one charge each of grand theft and exploitation of an elderly person, and Ormond Beach police expect to file additional charges against the woman in the near future. Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham would like to remind readers that theft is a form of nursing home abuse. As a longtime nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer serving residents in Central Florida, he has helped countless residents receive the damages they need to recover from the abuse they have suffered and move to other assisted living facilities.