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.