Vulnerable elderly residents may be a victim of elder abuse or neglect. Most elderly residents have to rely on their caretakers to tend to their daily needs such as cleanliness and hygiene, food intake, shifting in bed and so on. Many elderly residents are almost helpless and they cannot look after themselves. If they are not properly taken care of, they may become neglected over time. At times, isolation can also be overwhelming for most residents.
Elder abuse and neglect can take a number of forms, such as physical or mental anguish. If a loved one has fallen victim to abuse, neglect, or exploitation, their families or loved ones can get in touch with an elder abuse lawyer. The victim could be exploited at the hands of the spouse, children, family or friends, or even by a healthcare professional. The healthcare provider could be at a nursing home, or may be visiting the elder at home.
Elder abuse is defined as the knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or serious risk to the elderly. Whether the elderly is rich or poor, abuse can affect residents of any walks of life. Even the best rated nursing homes can fall victim where the older people may experience some sort of abuse, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that the mortality rate rises by 300% among older people who are a victim. Moreover, according to the Office of Justice Programs, over 11% of older people admit to experiencing some sort of neglect or abuse.
Identifying signs of elder abuse is important so you can take appropriate action as needed. Elder abuse can happen both in an institutional setting as well as in a residential setting. The person could experience in different forms. However, since they have limited mental and physical conditions, they are unable to speak for themselves.
If a loved one is a victim, you must contact an elder abuse attorney right away. Holding the elder abusers accountable for their reckless and negligent actions sends a message across to other elder people that any kind of mistreatment will not go unnoticed and will be punished accordingly.
Arizona Victims Attorneys at Hirsch & Lyon are experienced in handling elder abuse cases. Call our office at (602) 535-1900 for an initial consultation so we can help you recover a fair and reasonable compensation for the harm and negligence caused to your loved one. Our attorneys also have experience handling lawsuits against long-term care providers.
Choosing the right elder abuse attorney is crucial to handle your case and to ensure that your loved one receives a fair compensation. Protect your rights to access the court system by taking prompt legal action. The good thing about elder abuse cases is that you don’t have to pay the attorney anything until they recover compensation for you.
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