Thousands of elder abuse cases are reported each year. However, because elder abuse, neglect and exploitation are easily hidden from view and largely underreported, no one really knows how many of our vulnerable elderly are being abused each year. What is clear is that abusers can be anyone, including family members, nursing homes, and health care agencies.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, you have legal rights that must be protected. At the Nourmand Law Firm, our legal team includes the top elder abuse lawyers in Los Angeles who are dedicated to helping our elderly clients rectify what was done wrong.Common Types of Elder Abuse
We have handled many types of elder abuse cases in which the abuser is a nursing home facility, an assisted living facility, a hospital or another similar type of institution. Some of the most common types of elder abuse cases include:
- Physical abuse, which involves infliction of pain and injury on a senior citizen
- Emotional abuse, which can include mental abuse that involves ridicule and/or isolation
- Endangerment and neglect, such as putting the senior citizen in an unhealthy situation
- Financial exploitation
Regardless of which type of elder abuse you or your loved was subject to, you need to immediately consult an attorney to protect your legal rights. There are strict time limits you need to meet to file a lawsuit against the liable party. It is in your or your loved one’s best interest to speak with an attorney who specifically handles elder abuse cases as soon as possible.Signs and Symptoms of Elder Abuse
The majority of elder abuse cases occur in a facility away from the victim’s loved ones. As such, it can be hard for an elderly victim’s family members to clearly pick up on signs of elder abuse. However, experts note that there are some signs of elder abuse that can alert family members to the possibility of problems. Although you should not jump to conclusions, these signs and symptoms should be taken seriously.
Some common signs of elder abuse to watch for include:
- Physical injuries, such as bruises, burn marks, rope burns, broken bones and welts.
- Lack of attendance to medical needs.
- Malnourishment and inadequate physical care, such as dehydration or lack of poor hygiene.
- Emotional changes, such as fear, anxiety and apathy, especially if the victim did not suffer from these symptoms in the past.
The bottom line is, it is difficult to detect elder abuse. However, if you have noticed any of these signs or symptoms or suspect that a loved one is possibly the victim of elder abuse, it is imperative that you immediately consult proper authority. You should also contact an elder abuse attorney as your loved one may be entitled to compensation.Trusted Elder Abuse Lawyers
If you or a loved one is the victim of elder abuse, the compassionate legal team at Nourmand Law Firm will fight for your rights. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call us at (310) 553-3600 or contact us online.