Florida Today-October 24, 2012-According to the article a former nurse at Florida State Hospital has been charged with neglect of a disabled adult for her handling of a mentally-ill pregnant woman. The woman gave birth to a child with severe brain damage.
At the Titusville, Cocoa, and Melbourne, Central Florida law offices of Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., each nursing home neglect and elder abuse lawyer is dedicated to protecting the rights of these most vulnerable citizens and their families and holding all parties responsible for abuse fully accountable under the law.
The 51-year-old nurse was charged with the third-degree felony last week and could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted. The woman is a licensed practical nurse and was on duty December 23 at the Chatahoochee mental hospital when the patient had to be rushed to Tallahassee to give birth. The article goes onto say the infant was placed on life support and died several months later. The Department of Children and Families oversees the hospital, fired the nurse and alleged that she failed to properly care for the patient. The Public Employees Relations Committee this month dismissed the womans appeal of her firing, saying in part that she failed to "take any actions to assist the patient in response to her pleas for help."
Nursing home neglect and elder abuse can be physical, emotional and financial. In many cases in which abuse is involved, victims feel too confused or afraid to make their plight known. If you have made the decision to place a loved one into the care of a nursing home, it is important that you be aware of these potential signs of abuse:
Changes in banking practices
Changes to a will
Our attorneys at the Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. can help victims and their families recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, and other damages.
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