A Miami-Dade personal injury lawsuit has been filed accusing a male home health care nurse of sodomizing and harassing a paraplegic in his own home. The defendant of the Miami nursing negligence complaint is A.S.A. Home Care, Inc.
Per the complaint, the nurse started taking care of the victim in 2007. Despite the nurse’s obvious sexual interest in the patient, the latter rejected his overtures. Still, the lawsuit contends, the nurse showed the patient porn, brought him a sex toy, and sexually assaulted him when dressing a wound located close to the buttock area. The nurse then allegedly begged the patient not to tell anyone what happened and threatened to otherwise kill himself.
The plaintiff blames ASA for inadequate supervision, failure to provide him with a secure and safe environment, and neglecting to look into complaints that had made about the nurse.
The plaintiff is seeking more than $5 million in Miami personal injury damages for serious emotional, psychological, and physical injuries, in addition to his humiliation and shame over what happened.
Sexual assault is traumatic, painful, and damaging to the victim. Unfortunately, patients that require nursing care-whether at a Miami nursing home or at home-can fall victim to sexual predators-especially if the patient is extremely, frail, physically incapacitated, mentally ill, and/or unable to fight back/report what happened.
Assisted living facilities and nursing companies can be held liable for Miami nursing abuse if one of their workers abuses or neglects a patient. It can be devastating for your loved one to be hurt or ignored by the person hired to care for him/her.
**Reporting on this case is also important because it serves as a reminder that Florida nursing negligence and abuse doesn’t just happen at assisted living facilities. Unfortunately, there are professional nurses and caregivers invited into a patient’s home that have been known to cause serious into people they’ve been hired to provide with professional nursing care.
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Florida Nursing Home Neglect?: Maggots Found in 76-Year-Old Patient at Assisted Living Facility with Palm Beach County Ties, South Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, September 14, 2010