Elder abuse is a term referring to any intentional or negligent act by a caregiver that causes harm to a vulnerable adult. Many seniors who are frail and vulnerable cannot help themselves and become abused by others whose job it is to take care of them and meet their needs. It can be abuse by friends, family members or workers in nursing home or assisted living facilities.
Elder Abuse Laws: Attorney Andy Van Le
While laws vary from state to state, elder abuse is broadly defined. Abuse can be physical, sexual, neglect, exploitation, emotional or abandonment. Inflicting physical pain on a senior, such as slapping or restraining, is considered abuse. Sexual abuse is the non-consensual sexual contact of a senior. Both family members and health care facilities can exploit and neglect seniors by taking their money illegally, concealing funds or by not providing adequate food or health care. Emotional abuse includes inflicting mental pain or distress on an elder person through verbal or nonverbal acts, including intimidating and humiliating.
Warning Signs of Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes
There are several telltale signs of elder abuse in nursing homes. Here’s a list of some that indicate a problem:
- Abrasions, pressure marks and bruises may be an indication of physical abuse or mistreatment.
- Unusual depression or unexplained withdrawal from normal activities may be signs of emotional abuse.
- Bruises around genital areas or the breasts may be a red flag of sexual abuse.
- Sudden changes in financial circumstances may be the result of financial exploitation.
- Poor hygiene, unusual weight loss and bedsores may indicate possible neglect.
- Tense relationship between the caregiver and elderly person are also signs of abuse and neglect.
Contact Andy Van Le & Associates, PC
If you suspect that a loved one or friend is the victim of elder abuse or nursing home abuse, turn to attorney Andy Van Le for help. He will investigate the circumstances. If there’s evidence of elder abuse, he will put a stop to the abuse, hold the abusers and employers accountable and attain financial compensation for your elderly family member or friend. And if your elderly family member lacks the mental capacity to sue, he’ll assist you in bringing a lawsuit on their behalf. To develop your case, he documents the abuse by taking photos, researching medical records and interviewing witnesses.