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In order to be connected to a top elder abuse attorney, call Attorney Search Network today.

Elder abuse encompasses many different kinds of behaviors, including physical abuse, financial abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and abandonment. Studies show that about 1,000,000 elder abuse cases are reported annually in the United States. Yet, only one in five of those cases is correctly recorded and checked up on.

Physical abuse of an elder occurs when a caregiver or someone trusted with protecting the safety of an elder causes physical pain or injury to that elder. Forms of physical abuse may include beatings, sexual assault, physical restraint, and depriving an elder of food or drink. Signs of physical abuse include but are not limited to cuts, welts, discoloring, bruises, lacerations, wounds, hair loss, hemorrhaging below the scalp, burns, and weight loss in the absence of illness.

If an elder is being financially abused, they may be having their money or property stolen or misused. Signs of financial abuse could be suspicious bank activity, differing signatures on checks, several unpaid bills, missing valuable property, insufficient amenities, signed checks if the older person can no longer write, changes in the person’s will or trust when that person cannot properly make those decisions anymore, placement of an elder in a nursing home when the home does not match the size of the elder’s estate, and the intentional isolation of an elder so that friends and family can no longer visit and full supervision has been given to a caregiver.

Another form of elder abuse is emotional or psychological in nature. This type of abuse is characterized by a caregiver intentionally causing an elder to mentally suffer. Emotional and psychological abuse encompasses verbal abuse, threats, implanting fear in the older person’s mind, and humiliating, intimidating or isolating an older person. Some signs that an elder has been emotionally abused may be fearful behavior, depression, hopelessness, denial, confusion, improbable stories, and the inability to discuss things in an open manner.

Neglectful caretakers of elderly people are those who fail to provide the reasonable amount of protection and care for the elderly that is necessary for their well-being. Neglectful actions would include failing to properly maintain an elder’s hygiene, to provide clothing or medical attention (except when the older person refuses treatment), and failure to protect the person from dangerous health and safety conditions.

Self-neglect is also a type of elder abuse, which is defined as the failure to maintain oneself due to inattention or dissipated living. Determining if an elder is being self-neglectful can be difficult. One must pay close attention to see if the elder is able to still make lifestyle decisions or if something has changed in the elder’s capacity to manage.

Abandonment is defined by the desertion of an elder by a caretaker or a person with custody of that elder under conditions in which a rational person would still maintain proper care.

Unfortunately, elders experiencing any of the above forms of abuse, or some combination of them, are often reluctant to report the abuse because they fear being put in a nursing home or feeling ashamed in front of family members. If you suspect an older loved one is experiencing any kind of elder abuse, it is important to exercise caution when helping an elder or asking one to seek help. Moreover, if you suspect that abuse is taking or has taken place, you should report your reasoning and evidence in a clear manner to the authorities. When reporting abuse, the reporter should try to include witnesses’ contact information and testimonials, photographs of any signs and indicators of the type of suspected abuse, and any records that may exist.

Attorney Search Network can provide a referral to an elder abuse lawyer who can assist elders and families resolve elder abuse cases and recover any damages. Attorney Search Network works with attorneys that are very experienced in investigating elder abuse and work closely with elders, their families, and healthcare professionals to ensure that elders are protected from any further abuse.

Contact Attorney Search Network for a Lawyer Referral in your local area with Elder Abuse experience.