Understanding elder abuse and neglect

Aging individuals — especially those who have serious medical conditions — are susceptible to neglect and abuse at the hands of caregivers. Though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aware that over 500,000 older adults face abuse or neglect every year, they believe that the crime is seriously unreported.

Family members might suspect that their elderly loved one is experiencing abuse if he or she has visible bodily injuries like wounds, bruises, lacerations and head injuries. Aside from physical injuries, the CDC notes that sexual, financial, and emotional abuse may go undetected, but can and do happen to nursing home residents. Neglect is more difficult to detect, and cases of neglect are often complicated depending on the person’s physical or mental state. Family members who believe that their elderly loved one is being abused or neglected should understand that they have the right to file a legal claim against negligent parties.

The lawyers at Peck Ritchey, LLC understand that many elderly people suffer serious injuries as a result of abuse and neglect. If you think this is happening to your loved one, we may be able to offer you the legal assistance you need to hold malicious caregivers accountable. Call our office at (855) 328-5787 to learn more about your legal options.

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