Elder abuse and neglect is an unfortunate reality of our society. This type of abuse is important to be aware of, since there are hundreds of thousands of these cases happening each year. It can be difficult for the elderly to speak up and report abuse, because they may not even notice that it is happening and they may be more hesitant to stand up for themselves. Recognizing the signs of elder abuse is vital to family members who can address these issues on their elderly family member’s behalf.
Each state has laws out there that serve to protect its elderly citizens. It’s important to speak with an attorney regarding these laws, since the laws can be complicated and hard to understand. An attorney can help you or your loved one who may be suffering from elder abuse or neglect. Contact the Peck Law Group today to speak with an experienced attorney. Our attorneys can listen to the facts of your individual case and advise you of what steps to take in order to put an end to the abuse. You or your loved one may even be entitled to compensation. The most common form of elder abuse tends to happen at the hands of a caregiver, due to either their actions or omissions.
One way to combat elder abuse and neglect is to educate yourself about the common signs and indicators of this type of abuse. If you know what to look for, you may be able to save a loved one from abuse or neglect, and as a result, you may even save their life. You will find the most common forms of elder abuse listed below.
Neglect: Neglect occurs when an elder is not receiving the proper care. This can occur when a caregiver fails to provide certain basic needs, including food, water, and shelter.
Financial Abuse: The elderly are particularly vulnerable to financial abuse because they can be manipulated into disclosing private financial information. Their financial information may also be stolen by a caregiver who has been provided access to it, whether by the elderly individual or even another family member.
Other types of abuse that are suffered by the elderly include physical, emotional and verbal abuse.
Physical Abuse: Some signs to watch for that may indicate physical abuse include bruises and scratches, and broken or fractured bones.
Emotional Abuse: Emotional abuse may be occurring if you notice your loved one’s personality change, especially signs of withdrawal or symptoms of depression.
Verbal Abuse: A clear indicator of verbal abuse is hearing a caregiver or nursing home staff member inappropriately yell at your loved one. A more subtle sign is if you notice your loved one avoiding a specific caregiver or their personality changing when a certain person is around.
If you recognize any of the above signs of elder abuse or neglect, you may wish to contact the Adult Protection Services to report the abuse. Another step you may be inclined to take is to seek out representation of an attorney. Call the Peck Law Group today to speak with one of our lawyers regarding your potential case. We may be able to help you pursue compensation for the injuries suffered. Contact us today at 866-999-9085.
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