Elder Abuse


Elder abuse is defined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services as “an intentional act or failure to act that causes or creates a risk of harm to someone aged 60 years or older.” The National Council on Aging estimates that as many as 5 million older adults are abused each year by caregivers or trusted individuals, and unfortunately, just 1 in 24 victims report their case to local authorities.

When you’re concerned about elder abuse, you need someone you can trust. The Law Offices of Friedman & Throop are a team of experienced elder abuse lawyers in Reno, Nevada. They know that the first step to protecting this vulnerable population is learning how to recognize the types and signs of abuse.


Elder abuse occurs in both nursing homes and home healthcare settings. If you have questions or suspect you or an elderly loved one has suffered harm as a result of intentional or negligent actions on the part of a caregiver, it is imperative to seek help from an experienced Reno elder abuse lawyer. 

Terry Friedman and Julie Throop have a combined six decades of experience specializing in legal cases involving nursing home, personal care attendant and medical provider abuse causing physical injury and cases where people or entities take advantage of elder persons causing substantial financial loss. We’ll work with you every step of the way to ensure the vulnerable individual is safely removed from the dangerous situation, investigate claims, protect the victim’s rights and seek justice for all.


When it comes to reporting cases of elder abuse, doing so in a timely manner is crucial. Contact Friedman & Throop Law for a free consultation at 775-322-6500, and let our team of elder abuse lawyers in Reno fight to make sure you or your loved one gets the help and justice that’s deserved. Learn more about elder abuse in the below FAQs.

Elder Abuse FAQs

Elder abuse encompasses various forms of mistreatment inflicted upon older adults, ranging from physical and emotional harm to financial exploitation and neglect. At Friedman & Throop Law Offices, our dedicated elder abuse attorneys specialize in protecting the rights of seniors facing such injustices. Whether it involves nursing home abuse, wrongful death cases, or instances of financial exploitation, our experienced elder abuse attorneys are committed to advocating for elderly individuals and their families. For more information on what constitutes elder abuse, visit our blog “What Is Elder Abuse?

Physical abuse: Physical violence, such as hitting, kicking or inappropriately restraining the individual. Signs include frequent, unexplained and/or serious injuries or marks on the body.

Emotional abuse: Verbal threats, shaming, forced isolation and other behaviors that cause fear or inflict psychological harm. Signs include anxiety, depression and declining physical health.

Sexual abuse: Any unwanted or non-consensual sexual contact or harassment. This may coincide with physical or emotional abuse. Signs include injury to the genital area, sexually transmitted diseases, and depression or withdrawal.

Financial abuse: Unauthorized or fraudulent use of the elder’s resources, such as money, assets or identity, to benefit another individual. Signs include sudden or unusual financial withdrawals, new/unknown individuals “helping” with banking or estate planning and confusion on the part of the elder.

Neglect: Lack of attention to basic needs like water, food, hygiene or medical care. Signs include dehydration, malnutrition, soiled garments, bedsores, infection, or otherwise insufficient supervision and treatment.

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Reporting elder abuse in Nevada involves contacting local authorities or adult protective services immediately if you suspect any form of mistreatment, including physical, emotional, or financial abuse, neglect, or exploitation. For detailed steps on reporting suspected elder abuse, visit our article on “What are the steps in reporting suspected elderly abuse?”

Proving elder abuse often requires a thorough approach that includes timely reporting of suspicions to authorities or adult protective services, gathering crucial evidence such as medical records or witness statements, and consulting with an experienced elder abuse attorney. For detailed guidance on the steps involved in reporting suspected elder abuse and securing justice, visit our comprehensive article on “What are the steps in reporting suspected elder abuse?

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