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Financial Exploitation in Nursing Homes
TALLAHASSEE NURSING HOME ABUSE LAWYERS
Financial abuse can happen when you least suspect it and often occurs in nursing homes or in situations where a vulnerable adult has handed over power of attorney to another individual. Financial exploitation happens when someone takes or misuses the assets of the vulnerable, often elderly, adult without their consent and for their own benefit. Many times, the person exploiting the vulnerable individual is someone close to them, like a caregiver, nurse or other nursing home worker.
TYPES OF FINANCIAL ABUSE AFFECTING FLORIDA RESIDENTS
There are many ways a vulnerable nursing home resident can be financially exploited, including cashing checks without permission, forging signatures and credit card theft. Other, less well-known forms of exploitation include providing and charging for unnecessary services, coercing patients to sign documents and the improper use of guardianship, power of attorney, or conservatorship.
If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of financial abuse or exploitation, immediate investigation is vital. Contact our Tallahassee nursing home abuse attorneys at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, P.A.
PREVENTING FINANCIAL ABUSE & EXPLOITATION
According to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, approximately 4 to 6% of the elder population are abused. Understanding the warning signs of elder abuse can help you protect yourself and your loved ones.
Ways you can prevent financial abuse include:
- Know the warning signs such as a caregiver who isolates their patient, unusual withdrawals from bank accounts the individual cannot explain, missing belongings or property, or suspicious signatures on documents.
- Set up automatic bill payment and direct deposit to limit financial obligations.
- Visit, review and research caregivers and facilities before hiring them.
Exploitation of the elderly has become a widespread issue in Florida, and the Tallahassee financial abuse lawyers at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, P.A. are prepared to answer your questions and help you prevent yourself or a loved one from being exploited financially.
Call Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, P.A. for your free initial case consultation: (850) 222-2000