Recognizing the Warning Signs of Abuse
As the elderly members of a family reach a certain age in which they can no longer provide a necessary level of care for themselves, it is not uncommon for a family to make the decision to place them in a nursing home facility. Most would never think that their loved ones will receive anything less than the appropriate amount of care and attention while there, but unfortunately, instances of elder abuse and neglect are not uncommon. It's a sad realization, but it is important for all families to be wary of the potential for abuse to take place when their loved one is under the care of a nursing home facility or a caregiver.
Recognizing the signs that something is wrong is vitally important, as many times, the elderly victim will fail to tell anyone about the abuse—whether out of fear or physical incapacity. For this reason, becoming informed about some of the most common warning signs is crucial to keeping your loved ones safe from further harm. Elderly abuse can take place in a multitude of ways, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or financial exploitation. Often the indications of abuse will manifest either physically or through behavioral and emotional changes.
This can include any instances of:
- Bruising & scarring
- Broken bones & sprains
- Unusual weight loss
- Bruising of genital area
- Changes in behavior
- Poor hygiene
Although these are just some of the indications that abuse may be taking place, it is important to be alert and aware when it comes to any noticeable changes in your loved one. If it has been discovered that abuse has, in fact, been taking place, you should not hesitate to that the appropriate legal action against the responsible party. By enlisting the services of a legal professional and discussing the facts of your case, you may be able to more accurately determine what course of action to take. Elder abuse is not tolerated under the law, so it is the right of the victim to seek compensation for the pain and suffering that they have been forced to endure.
Protecting Your Loved Ones
If you or a loved one has become the victim of elderly abuse, whether physically, sexually, mentally, or financially, it is your right to seek compensation for any harm that was sustained. When you enlist the help of a knowledgeable attorney from the Doan Law Firm, P.C., you can rest assured that we will work tirelessly in an effort to obtain a successful resolution to your case. By scheduling a free case evaluation, you can review the facts of your injuries with a legal professional and gain a more comprehensive understanding of who can be held liable under the law. Contact our firm today to initiate the process of seeking the justice that you deserve.
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