What Is Elder Abuse?
The United States Department of Health and Human Services defines elder abuse 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 individuals they trust, but only 1 in 24 victims report their case to local authorities.
The Law Offices of Friedman & Throop know that the first step to protecting this vulnerable population is learning how to recognize the types and signs of abuse. Please contact our elder abuse lawyers if you or a loved one have experienced any of the following:
- Physical abuse, including 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, including verbal threats, shaming, forced isolation and other behaviors that cause fear or inflict psychological harm. Signs include anxiety, depression and even declining physical health.
- Sexual abuse, including 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, including 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, including 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.
We Can Help
Elder abuse in Nevada occurs in both nursing homes and home healthcare settings. If you or an elderly loved one have 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 elder abuse lawyer.
Terry Friedman and Julie Throop have a combined six decades specializing in legal cases involving elder abuse, elder injury and elder neglect. They will 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. If you or someone you know is a victim, you need to reach out to an elder abuse attorney right away. Contact the Law Offices of Friedman & Throop today!
All cases handled by Friedman & Throop personal injury attorneys are on contingency. There is no cost to you for an initial consultation or case review.