Elder abuse, sometimes referred to as nursing home abuse, is an increasingly widespread but under-recognized problem that can have life-threatening consequences. With an aging population and shifting economic realities, incidents of elder abuse continue to increase. It may occur anywhere, even the trusted homes and facilities you depend on to care for your loved one.
Types of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse may take many forms, including:
- 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.
Elder abuse is prevalent in situations where elderly people are partially or wholly dependent upon caregivers who are either paid professionals, or friends or family members who may be ill-equipped, unwilling, or unable to afford to take on the care and responsibility of an ill or aging senior.
Elder abuse can be extremely difficult to detect or identify. The physical effects of elder abuse including — bruises, bed sores, disorientation — are often mistaken as the natural results of aging. This makes it difficult to recognize wrongdoing and explains why elder abuse often goes unnoticed.
In addition, victims of elder abuse are unable to protect themselves from physical attack or sexual assault and are sometimes unable to tell family members that the abuse occurred. Four out of five elder abuse cases go unreported for these exact reasons. An elder abuse lawyer will be able to assist you in determining if you or your loved one has been a victim of abuse.
Elder abuse has continued to rise despite the increased scrutiny of assisted living facilities. It was recently reported that one in four homes were cited for causing death or injury to a resident.
An elder abuse attorney can help you understand your rights and the rights of your loved ones and will assist in your fight to ensure that the individuals and facilities in violation of the regulations are held accountable.
Elder Abuse Attorneys Can Help
If you suspect you or your loved one has been a victim of elder abuse, call Sokolove Law today at (800) 995-1212 and speak with one of our experienced elder abuse case managers, or fill out the form on this page to request a free no-obligation legal consultation.
As a national nursing home abuse law firm, Sokolove Law will fight to get your family the compensation and justice that you deserve.