Posted By Lea Keller, Personal Injury Attorney at Mike Lewis Attorneys on February 22, 2012 in Nursing Home Abuse
According to The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Mary Holly, a Florida caretaker left Belle Sapstein, her 95-year old dementia patient in the car for two hours while she gambled at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Holly is a licensed nurse, who lives with Sapstein.
Police were called after a visitor to the casino noticed that Sapstein had been by herself in the car for at least an hour. When police arrived at the scene they found Sapstein sitting in the car alone without food, something to drink or a cell phone. Although, Sapstein was not in distress when police arrived, she was unable to answer basic questions about herself. Sapstein was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated.
Holly was arrested and charged with one count of neglect on an elderly person. The Sun Sentinel reports that there were two active warrants for her arrest in another Florida county for unrelated charges of exploitation of an elderly person and grand theft.
Elder abuse doesn’t happen only at nursing homes, caretakers and home health aides can also be liable for elder abuse. If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact Mike Lewis Attorneys today to discuss your legal options.