Watch for these signs of elder abuse

Abuse can happen to any older person, by a loved one, a hired caregiver, or a stranger. Abuse can occur at home, a relative’s home, or a nursing or assisted living facility. If you or someone you know has suffered elder abuse, contact the police to file criminal charges.

Your next step should be to contact the elder abuse law experts at Goldman Daszkal. By filing a civil suit, you can receive compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical bills, physical and mental therapy bills, and much more.  

Many older adults cannot care for themselves and must rely on others to help them with everyday activities. Unfortunately, some caregivers take advantage of the situation to steal possessions or money or to fill a twisted physical or emotional desire.

Several types of abuse often are inflicted upon the elderly:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Sexual
  • Abandonment
  • Financial
  • Neglect

Although many signs of abuse are apparent (bruises, cuts, etc.), not all are. Watch for these signs of elder abuse:

  • The person seems depressed, confused, or withdrawn.
  • They become isolated from friends and family.
  • They have unexplained bruises, burns, or scars
  • They appear dirty, underfed, dehydrated, overmedicated (or undermedicated), or not receiving needed care for medical problems.
  • They have bed sores or other preventable conditions.
  • You notice recent changes in banking or spending patterns.

Elderly people rarely are abused by strangers. Sadly, the abuse usually comes from family, friends, or caregivers. It doesn’t matter, though, from whom the abuse comes. It is illegal and must be stopped. If you have suffered elder abuse or know someone who appears to be a victim, call the police.

The elder law experts at Goldman Daszkal know how to uncover all liable parties and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for your free initial consultation.

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