World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: June 15
June 15 is world elder abuse awareness day, but unfortunately many people aren’t aware of the significant abuse senior citizens in our country and around the world face. One in three nursing homes may be guilty of abuse according to one study, while another study reveals about half of nursing home residents have reported being abused.
Types of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse can take many forms. It can include:
- Sexual abuse
- Physical abuse, including assault, punching, hitting and other forms of violence
- Emotional and verbal abuse, including intimidation, name-calling and psychological abuse
- Financial abuse, which can include stealing from elderly people or forcing them to sign over assets or bank accounts
- Neglect, including withholding necessities of life
- Medical abuse, including under-treatment or over-medication
- Nursing home abuse, which takes place in care facilities designed to help the elderly
Unfortunately, perpetrators are often in positions of power or trust. They may include caregivers or even family members. In nursing homes, other patients or even staff have been found guilty of abuse.
Senior citizens can be extremely vulnerable. They may be afraid to speak out or may suffer from dementia or other conditions preventing them from speaking out. In addition, they may have a harder time recovering from abuse than younger adults. For example, assault can lead to fractures that take much longer to heal for someone who has osteoporosis or other age-related diseases.
What Is Your Loved One Entitled to If They Have Been the Victim of Abuse?
If your loved one has been the victim of abuse, they may be able to launch a claim against the perpetrators of the crime and also against the nursing home itself, as well as any parent company owning the nursing home facility. If it can be proven the nursing home should have known or did know about the abuse but did nothing to stop it, your loved one may have a claim.
Your elderly family members may be able to launch a claim to seek compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation and long-term costs
- Pain and suffering
- Relocation to a new nursing home or care environment where abuse won’t take place
- Money and assets that have been stolen
The exact compensation your loved one may be able to seek will depend on the circumstances of their care and the abuse itself. To find out more clearly whether you have a claim and how much that claim may be worth, contact an elder abuse attorney at Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm. Our attorneys can give you personalized advice based on the specifics of your case.
How Can We Help?
The attorneys at Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm are firm supporters of the rights of senior citizens. We believe people who have reached their golden years should be allowed to live safely and with dignity. When elder abuse happens, we believe it is imperative to speak out to protect those who have been injured. Our award-winning firm is completely independent, meaning we are able to focus entirely on the client. To find out more, contact our caring attorneys today.