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Signs & Symptoms of Elder Abuse & Neglect

Fighting For Elder Victims of Mistreatment

Elder abuse is defined as any mistreatment of an elderly person by someone who is caring for or somehow acquainted with the victim. Sadly, elderly abuse happens everywhere and occurs in all types of households. Since the family members or close friends of the elderly person are often the ones responsible for the abuse or neglect, the elderly person can easily feel trapped and hopeless. It is up to you to investigate any suspicions of elderly abuse.

It is estimated that over five million cases of elderly abuse occur in the United States every year. This is far too high of a number, which is why our firm is working hard to hold abusive parties responsible for their actions. Your elder family member may be reluctant to voice the elder abuse they faces, requiring you to keep eyes and ears open for any signs of neglect. If you suspect mistreatment or abuse, some common signs you can look for include the following:

Visible Injuries
You will be able to observe these right away. Examples are broken bones, cuts, scars and bedsores. It is vital to ask questions of all available personnel and document their statements. Questioning the resident, the attending nurse, staff supervisor and attending physician. Insist on inspecting the medical chart. When you have difficulties, it is always advisable to seek the assistance of a legal professional.

Neglect-Related Injuries
These injuries are more subtle and are less visible. They include malnutrition, dehydration, insufficient exercise and failure to attend to adequate hygiene. Do your own inspection of the premises for cleanliness, check for odors and observe the cleanliness of your family member's hair and nails. If these are not up to the standards you expected to receive, it is better to act immediately than to wait for your loved one to develop serious illness or infection.

Emotional Change
Pay attention to how your friend or relative responds to you. For instance, does he or she seem depressed? Is he or she less talkative than on earlier visits? Do you observe any weight loss? These are less tangible indicators of abuse, but they should alert you to take action and investigate.

Los Angeles Elder Abuse Attorney

Norman Taylor & Associates is dedicated to holding unscrupulous caregivers accountable for their abuse and mistreatment of elder victims. Once your parent or beloved family member becomes a resident of a nursing home or assisted living facility, you will want to make sure that they are getting the care they deserve. A Los Angeles elder abuse attorney from our firm is an advocate for elder rights and fights for justice in cases of abuse or neglect. Contact us today to start pursuing the legal counsel you need for your case.