Aging puts physical and mental strain on the body. By the time people reach their senior years, they may need some type of physical, emotional, or cognitive assistance. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of the elderly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 10 percent of men and women over the age of 60 who are living at home experience some type of elder abuse.
Elder abuse comes in many forms, and it can cause victims to suffer emotionally, physically, or financially. If you suspect that a loved one is suffering elder abuse, you should seek legal assistance from experienced elder abuse attorneys, such as those at Charpentier Law Firm.
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Types of Elder Abuse
When people hear the word abuse, they tend to think of physical harm. Physical abuse is certainly a problem, but it is only one form of elder abuse. Because they are vulnerable in many different ways, older individuals may fall victim to several different types of abuse:
- Physical abuse: Examples of physical abuse include hitting, biting, and the use of restraints.
- Emotional abuse: Emotional abuse includes name-calling, beratement, and humiliation.
- Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse is defined as any type of unsolicited or coerced sexual encounter.
- Financial abuse: Financial abuse may involve misusing or stealing money, or pressuring someone to modify financial arrangements.
- Abandonment: Abandonment, or leaving older individuals to care for themselves despite knowing they are incapable of doing so, is another form of elder abuse.
Recognizing Elder Abuse
Elders may not always speak up about abuse. Some are embarrassed to share how they are being treated, while others fear that no one will believe them. In some cases, the victim is not capable of reporting abuse.
It is important for loved ones to be on the lookout for common signs of elder abuse:
- Bruises or other unexplained injuries
- Sudden weight loss
- Change in mood or demeanor
- Difficulty sleeping or excessive sleeping
- Poor hygiene
- Unpaid bills, unexplained bank withdrawals, or sudden changes to financial documents
Victims of elder abuse or loved ones who suspect elder abuse should work with our experienced legal team to seek financial restitution. Our attorneys will work alongside experts in the field to investigate cases of elder abuse and collect the evidence that is necessary to present a strong argument to the court.
Although no amount of money can erase the physical or emotional pain that elder abuse victims are subject to, it is important to hold abusers accountable. Financial compensation can be invaluable moving forward, getting loved ones the type of quality care and assistance that they deserve.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of elder abuse, the experienced attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm are here to help. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about your legal options. Call our practice at (321) 308-8020 to discuss the details of your case.