Elder abuse is the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of senior or elderly persons. It is an under-recognized but growing problem that may occur anywhere even the trusted homes and facilities you depend on to care for your loved ones.
Elder abuse is rarely reported so it is important to understand the different types and signs of abuse. State Attorney General Offices are seeing an increase of cases brought by elder abuse attorneys. Elder abuse law defines such abuse as:
- Physical abuse – use of force, intentionally or otherwise that results in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment.
- Neglect – the failure of the caregiver to fulfill his or her obligations or duties. The effects of neglect are displayed most often in the form of malnourishment and poor hygiene.
- Emotional abuse – the use of verbal or nonverbal acts that instill fear or distress.
- Sexual abuse – non-consensual sexual contact of any kind.
- Financial or Material Exploitation – the improper use or theft of an elder’s money or property.
Institutional Elder Abuse Is Growing:
Elder abuse has continued to rise despite the increased scrutiny of assisted living facilities. One in four homes were cited for causing death or injury to a resident. If you notice that your loved one exhibits warning signs of abuse, take immediate action. An experienced elder abuse attorney will be familiar with the legal and emotional intricacies of institutional elder abuse and will work to assist you in your fight.
Elder Abuse Attorneys May See What You Don’t:
You may suspect wrongdoing, but an elder abuse attorney will be quick to recognize all of the signs and may be able to assist you in determining if you or your loved one has been a victim of abuse. The effects of elder abuse – bruises, bed sores, disorientation – are often perceived as the natural results of aging. Four out of five elder abuse cases go unreported due mainly to this oversight. An elder abuse attorney will help you understand the underlying dynamics of abuse and show you what to look for.
Elder Abuse Attorneys Are Available to Everyone:
No matter what your financial circumstances are, you do have access to justice. An experienced elder abuse attorney can help you fight back against the abusers and get the financial compensation your loved one deserves.
If you believe you may need an elder abuse attorney, call Sokolove Law today and speak with one of our case managers who specialize in elder abuse cases, or fill out the form on this page to request a free no-obligation legal consultation.