If and when our loved ones reach the stage where they need consistent professional support and care, it is very important that they are placed in an environment that will keep them safe and make sure all of their needs are met. Though there are many skilled and qualified nursing care facilities out there, it is an unfortunate fact that elder abuse and neglect is a very common occurrence.
Although all types of abuse are difficult, there are inherent issues with the nature of elder abuse that make it particularly difficult to address. Because of their physical and mental conditions, elderly people completely rely on the staff that cares for them, making them more susceptible to abuse or neglect. It is also very common that elderly people have diminished mental capacity and are unable to communicate that they are being subjected to abuse. Further, because of the complicated nature of the elder abuse laws, it is sometimes unclear whether or not elder abuse or neglect is even occurring.
Our elder abuse and neglect lawyers work tirelessly to help those who have been the victims of abuse. We strive not only to help those who have been abused or neglect, but we also try to educate people to better understand the issues of abuse, to read the warning signs to identify it, and, most importantly, to prevent elder abuse before it occurs, as the damages caused by it are often times irreparable.
One of the first crucial issues in dealing with an elder abuse situation is being able to distinguish between an injury caused by abuse or resulting from neglect.
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Abuse can occur in many different ways. First, the most common sense manner of abuse is a direct, purposeful action that injures an elderly person. This injury can be caused by physical contact, such as beating or sexual assault, but it can also be financial in nature, or caused by abandonment or isolation. Another manner that abuse can occur under the elder abuse laws is where a custodian, who is responsible for caring for the elderly person and making sure they do not suffer harm or injury, fails to provide such care.
Though abuse and neglect both result in injury, neglect is a separate and distinguishable manner of injury. Neglect occurs where a custodian who is responsible for caring for the elderly person provides some care, but does not do so properly or to the necessary degree that is required of them. Injury by elder neglect can occur if the nursing custodian or staff fails to properly assist with hygiene, provide adequate food or clothing, prevent malnutrition or provide adequate medical care.
How We Can Help
At Holm Law Group, our elder abuse lawyers make it a personal mission to vindicate the rights of those who have been the victim of elder abuse or neglect, and to hold accountable those facilities that allow abuse to occur. Our attorneys have extensive experience in bringing lawsuits against large nursing care facilities, and obtaining judgments for the abused victims of those facilities. Each case that comes to us is handled with a personal and caring approach.
Our process starts with your call. Once we are able to learn about your particular situation, we are able to assess whether elder abuse or neglect has occurred, and what the next proper steps are to deal with it. If you or a loved one has suffered any form of abuse or neglect, or if you are worried or suspicious that such acts might be occurring, do not hesitate to contact us today. We are here to help.