On Monday, December 13, 2021, a nurse at Care Center of Pinellas Park was accused of sexually assaulting a patient after another employee walked in on the act. The employee walked into the patient’s room where they found William Ira Cease, Jr. engaging in sexual acts with the 69-year-old female patient. Source.
Cease has been an employee at the rehabilitation center since April of 2019 as a licensed practical nurse, and it is suspected that there are more victims.
Sexual abuse in nursing homes can be extremely damaging both physically and mentally for the victims. Unfortunately, residents in nursing homes are more vulnerable to sexual abuse because they are living in a place where they are relying on the staff, who are primarily strangers, to care for them.
Sexual abuse is just one of the forms of abuse that nursing home residents can suffer from, and statistically is the most uncommon form of nursing home abuse. However, it still happens, and when it does, it is important to seek justice.
Our lawyers know the ins and outs of the state’s regulatory standards and statutes governing nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The personal injury attorneys at Beltz & Beltz have spent many years representing those suffering from nursing home abuse and assisted living facility injuries. Additionally, Jennifer Beltz spent a brief period of time working on the defense side of these cases, which gives her inside knowledge into how these facilities and their insurance companies will try to defend these claims.
The personal injury attorneys at Beltz & Beltz make it our mission to see that all of our clients are compensated for their losses. If your loved one has suffered in a nursing home, contact our office. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys will fight to get your loved ones justice. To read more articles similar to this one, check out the Beltz & Beltz blog section on our website.