Understanding the Aspects of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is when somebody intentionally causes harm or fails to prevent an act on someone who is 60 years or older. The abuse typically occurs at the hands of a caregiver in a nursing home or by somebody who the elder trusts, such as a friend or family member. There are a few different kinds of abuse that might occur:

  • Physical: This type of elder abuse happens when they experience illness, pain, or injury due to physical force by the abuser.
  • Sexual: This involves forced or unwanted sexual interaction of any kind with an older adult, which could include unwanted sexual contact or penetration.
  • Emotional: This is when verbal and nonverbal behaviors inflict anguish, mental pain, fear, or distress to an older adult.
  • Neglect: This is when an older adult’s basic needs are not met. This could include food, water, shelter, clothing, and more.
  • Financial: This is when a caregiver or loved one improperly uses an elder’s money, benefits, belongings, and more to benefit themselves and not the elder.

Elder abuse has become a huge issue because the statistics don’t lie: In 2008, one in 10 elders reported some type of abuse over a year period. Many cases will not be reported because the elder is afraid to speak up about the abuse.

Filing a Lawsuit

Have you discovered that a family member is not being taken care of properly by staff at a nursing home and now you want to file a claim? We are attorneys who can help you through this process. Many facilities that act negligently will fail to train employees properly and put profits before care. Because of this, a patient could receive serious injuries like bedsores, falls, and more. You can hold a nursing home accountable by filing today. Call us today for more.