Elder abuse law regulates against the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of senior or elderly persons. Elder abuse is an under-recognized but growing problem that may occur anywhere: even the trusted homes and facilities you depend on for the care of your loved ones.
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:
While assisted living facilities watch their profitability rise, the violations of elder abuse law continue to increase. One in four homes were cited for causing death or serious injury to a resident.
Despite this rise, elder abuse often goes unnoticed and four out of five elder abuse cases go unreported. It is important to understand your rights and the rights of your loved ones under elder abuse law to ensure that the individuals and facilities in violation of the regulations are held accountable.
Attorneys Practicing Elder Abuse Law May See What You Won’t:
Lawyers with experience in elder abuse law are able to recognize the signs of elder abuse. Bruises, bed sores, and disorientation are often perceived as the inevitable but natural results of aging but an elder abuse attorney may be able to assist you in discovering if your loved one has been a victim of abuse.
The Protection of Elder Abuse Law Is Available to Everyone:
No matter what your financial resources, you have the right to access the safeguards elder abuse law may provide.
If You Have Questions About Elder Abuse Law:
Call Sokolove Law today at (800) 995-1212 and speak with one of our case managers experienced in elder abuse law, or fill out the form on this page to request a free no-obligation legal consultation.