According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), it’s estimated
that 5 million elder Americans are victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation
every year. In 2006, the International Network for the Prevention of Elder
Abuse declared June 15 as “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” (WEAAD).
Identifying Elder Abuse
The first step in identifying elder abuse is noticing the warning signs.
The abuse can be physical, mental, and sexual – some symptoms of
abuse can be consistent with dementia or Alzheimer’s, so it’s
important to take each possible indication of abuse seriously.
Some signs of elder abuse may include:
- Unaddressed infections and sepsis
- Lack of proper care
The Importance of Awareness
Understanding the emotional and physical damage elder abuse and neglect
can cause is a crucial component of awareness. When we leave our elder
loved one at a nursing home, we depend on medical professionals to prioritize
their wellbeing and safety. Unfortunately, dependent adults often find
themselves at the hands of negligent medical professionals and suffer
from emotional and physical abuse. Because victims typically stay silent,
it is up to the family members to be their voice and advocate –
for every instance of abuse that goes reported, experts at the NCEA believe
that as many as 23 cases go unreported.
Turn to Us if You Suspect Abuse
At Norman Taylor & Associates, we have more than 50 years of combined
experience in assisting clients handle claims of elder neglect and abuse.
During a time characterized by stress, worry, and uncertainty, the dedicated
team of legal professionals at our firm take the time to address your
concerns. Should you hire our services, you can trust that we will pursue
justice and hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.
Put us on your side today. Call (888) 510-8619 or schedule a free consultation
online to speak to a skilled Los Angeles elder abuse attorney.