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Risk Factors for Vulnerable Senior Abuse

October 22, 2021 | Category: Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse | Share

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines senior abuse as “…an intentional act or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult.” Senior abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and/or neglect.

Risk Factors for Vulnerable Senior Abuse - SpiveyLaw"Some seniors age 60 and above are more vulnerable than others to abuse. Vulnerable seniors are those who become more physically frail and are unable to care for themselves, stand up to bullying, or fight back if attacked. The ability to see, hear or think clearly may wane as one ages which can lead to openings for unscrupulous people to take advantage of them.

Help Guide International recommends that seniors protect themselves from abuse by:

  • Keeping in touch with family and friends and avoiding isolation.
  • If a senior is unhappy with the care he/she is receiving, whether it's in his/her own home or a care facility, speak up. Tell a trusted person or call an elder abuse helpline.

"Should you or a loved one be injured because of the negligence of another, after seeking medical attention, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.  Nursing home abused seniors may be entitled to receive monetary compensation for:

  • Medical expenses: Past, present, and future expenses.
  • Pain and suffering: A non-economic loss and somewhat subjective, but there is a broad category of damages caused by a defendant’s wrongful conduct.
  • Disability or disfigurement: Damages related to impairment such as an inability to engage in social and personal activities.
  • Aggravation of pre-existing conditions: When a pre-existing condition is aggravated, a person’s condition can change and may be recoverable as damages.
  • Punitive damages: Although punitive damages are not common in Florida, there are situations where a defendant engaged in willful, malicious, and particularly egregious conduct may cause a plaintiff to qualify for punitive damage compensation.

We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. We are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery,” said Fort Myers Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Randall Spivey.


Fort Myers Nursing Home Abuse Attorney  Randall L. Spivey is a Board-Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys.  He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida.  For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact  Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to  Visit for more information.  You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.77

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