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New Developments in Florida Elder Abuse Laws

How is the state of Florida taking preventative measures to protect seniors from incidents of elder abuse? The elder abuse lawyers at Garcia, Artigliere & Medby’s Florida location are consistently tracking new legislative changes and public efforts concerning this troubling topic. In this post, we’ll provide some of the latest news on Florida elder abuse laws.

If you are unfamiliar with the specifics of elder abuse, it may be beneficial to first familiarize yourself by learning about  the symptoms of physical abuse, malnutrition and dehydration, medical negligence and other elder abuse definitions.

Citizens and government entities alike have recognized the severity of elder abuse within Florida, and are taking action to ensure seniors stay informed and receive access to protective resources in times of need.

  • The Purple Ribbon Task Force , created by the Florida Legislature, recently compiled a survey  to address the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias and their caregivers. Survey results will help customize a state plan to prevent nursing home abuse, elder abuse and neglect.
  • A Florida elder abuse hotline  has been set up by the Florida Department of Children and Families, providing a reporting portal which accommodates telephone calls, fax and web-based information. It’s also vital to contact a proficient elder abuse lawyer if you have evidence of abuse.
  • Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs Communities for a Lifetime Initiative was recently implemented. This 2012 survey reveals that efforts have been successful: initiatives benefited seniors in areas including housing, transportation and mobility, health and illness prevention, and intergenerational programs.
  • The University of South Florida is running a Collaborative on Aging’s Distinguished Lectureship Series , raising awareness and highlighting recent academic research into topics like loss of financial capacity, physical elder abuse and risks associated with dementia.

Initiatives like these further the well-being of seniors, raise awareness of mistreatment and contribute to the development of new Florida elder abuse laws.  Garcia, Artigliere & Medby believe strongly in contributing to these efforts – the firm’s founder, Stephen M. Garcia , has aided the creation of jury instructions and rules used in elder abuse trials. All of our lawyers handle elder abuse cases with the utmost experience and compassion.

If you are seeking an elder abuse lawyer in Florida, please contact the Garcia, Artigliere & Medby Florida office to receive a free case review.