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:
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.
These injuries are more subtle and are less visible. They include
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.
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.