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Common Signs of Elder Abuse

In many cases, elder abuse cases are brought forward by the relatives of the person being abused. It can be difficult to tell if your loved one is being abused by medical or nursing home staff, but there are some common signs you can look out for.

The following are a few common signs of elder abuse or neglect:

  • Bruises on the wrists or ankles that could have been caused by ropes used to restrain your loved one
  • Your loved one frequently complains about the staff or says they feel unsafe in a nursing home
  • Your loved one frequently needs treatment for new injuries
  • Your loved one has lost or gained a lot of weight in a short amount of time
  • Your loved one was able to leave the premises of a nursing home without anyone noticing
  • Other residents of the nursing home show signs of malnutrition or injury
  • Your loved one stays in their room most of the time and interacts with others as little as possible
  • Your loved one has started taking a lot of medications they didn’t need before.
  • Your loved one is being overcharged for services and amenities at their nursing home

How To Report Elder Abuse

If you suspect that you or someone you love is a victim of elder abuse and may be suffering from immediate danger, please contact 911. Otherwise, here are some helpful resources on how to report it:

Enough is enough. Senior citizens are not second-class citizens and their perpetrators are not above the law. You don’t have to allow this deceitful class of corruption to be swept under the rug any longer. 

Contact Berberian Ain LLP to speak with our Glendale elder abuse attorneys. Our team has extensive experience handling these types of cases. We can gather the evidence needed to prove instances of abuse, explore your available legal options, and help you seek the compensation you deserve. There’s no age limit to safety, dignity, and respect; California’s most trusted elder abuse attorneys will see to it that your rights as a citizen and a human being are protected. 

Initial consultations at our firm are offered at no charge. Call (818) 808-0048 for a free consultation today.

What is Elder Abuse?

The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.” It can be physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, psychological, or financial. It can also be neglect–whether it’s intentional or unintentional. 

The abusers come from all walks of life (family members, nursing home attendants, doctors) and the abuse can take both obvious and non-obvious forms. When it comes to physical abuse and/or neglect, the victim may display visual signs such as bruises or broken bones from physical attacks or restraint, bed sores from being left in the same position for too long, weight loss from malnutrition, unsanitary living conditions such as soiled bedding or clothes. 

But the abuse is not always so conspicuous–emotional and verbal abuse is the most underreported type of elder abuse, especially among dementia patients who are impaired in memory and communication skills and often can’t or won’t report it. It can come in many varieties: yelling, swearing, threatening, humiliating, blaming, and scapegoating. These underhanded aggressions can lead to depression and other psychological issues, manifested in behavior such as rocking, sucking, or mumbling to themselves. Sadly, these symptoms are often mistaken for (or even willfully masked as) common signs of dementia or mental deterioration, leaving the victim to suffer silently. 

Moreover, you often see financial exploitation (for example, significant withdrawals from the elder’s account, suspicious changes in wills, items or cash missing from the elder’s household) and medical mismanagement (such as refusing to provide necessary medications and physical therapy).

Types of Elder Abuse

Under California’s elder abuse laws, victims are defined as persons 65 years or older and the abuse can include:

  • Physical Abuse: The infliction of physical pain or injury, sexual assault or molestation, or the use of physical or chemical restraints for punishment.
  • Mental Suffering: The infliction of fear, agitation, or confusion through threats, harassment or other forms of intimidating behavior.
  • Neglect: A caregiver’s failure to assist in an elder’s personal hygiene, failure to provide food, clothing or shelter, or protect an elder from health and safety hazards.
  • Abandonment: The desertion of an elder by someone who is a caregiver.
  • Abduction: The removal, without the consent of the conservator, of a conservatee to another state.
  • Financial Abuse: The wrongful taking or use of an elder’s funds, property, or other assets.
  • Isolation: The intentional prevention of an elder from receiving mail, telephone calls or visitors.

How Prevalent is Elder Abuse?

Although frequently overlooked, the statistics on elder abuse reveal that it is a tragically widespread issue affecting 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60, with estimates ranging as high as 5 million cases each year. Too many of these cases still go unreported–one study suggests that only 1 in every 14 elder abuse cases is reported to the authorities. This needs to change.

We Can Help You Stop Mistreatment of Seniors

Elder abuse is a worldwide epidemic that often gets overlooked. Recent data suggests an uptick in reported cases in the United States, but sadly, most cases still go unreported. The reasons for this vary, but a sense of isolation and lack of social support is an important risk factor. As senior citizens become older, not only do they become more physically and mentally frail, but many of them lose friends and family members. They are either put in a nursing home, tended to by a family member, assigned an at-home caregiver, or placed in a medical facility. Unfortunately, elder abuse occurs in ALL of these places far too often, in the form of neglect, mistreatment, medical malpractice, physical and verbal abuse, and financial exploitation. z

Many abusers think they can get away with it, because the victim is too physically or mentally frail to fight back (they may not even know it’s happening). None of this is to be taken lightly: elders who experience some form of abuse, even if it’s mild, have a reported 300% higher risk of death. This has grown as an important public health issue, and thankfully, the law is here to help put a stop to these practices.

Speak To An Elder Abuse Lawyer Today

Our elder abuse attorney has extensive experience litigating these types of cases. Pursuing an elder abuse case is extremely important because if it’s happening to you or someone you love, chances are it’s happening to others as well.

You can learn more about the elder abuse cases we handle from the links below:

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