Emotional Elder Abuse
Emotional abuse of the elderly is unfortunately more challenging to detect because family members are often times unable to see any physical manifestation of the abuse. Emotional abuse occurs in the form of yelling at the resident, threatening the resident, and belittling or embarrassing the resident. The caregiver may remove the resident from the view of others, isolating the resident from friends and family members. This type of abuse can also be silent, meaning the caregiver intentionally ignores the resident’s needs.
Physical Elder Abuse and Neglect
Physical abuse occurs when someone inflicts pain on the resident through inappropriate physical touching such as hitting, biting, and scratching. Evidence of physical abuse includes broken bones, bruising, lacerations, bedsores, dehydration, malnutrition, weight loss, and infections.
Sexual Elder Abuse
Sexual abuse of the elderly is devastating. This form of abuse occurs when a caretaker or another resident attacks the victim and engages in sexual acts without consent. This may be incredibly difficult for a resident to discuss and it is of absolute importance to get help in these situations. Evidence of sexual abuse includes pelvic injuries, problems walking or sitting, developing a sexually transmitted disease, panic attacks and signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, and social withdrawal.
If you, a loved one, or someone you care for is showing signs of abuse or neglect, we are here to help. We are truly committed to the people we serve, making certain they receive the appropriate medical and psychological care before pressing forward to get full and fair compensation for these very serious injuries. Talk to our office about your case as soon as you can.