No one should ever have to worry about whether or not their loved one will suffer from abuse in a nursing home or in-home care setting. Unfortunately, elder abuse occurs regularly in and around the Los Angeles area. At JML Law, we are here to help protect elderly vulnerable and at-risk adults. If you have discovered that your elderly loved one has been physically abused, let our Los Angeles elder abuse lawyers get to work helping you today. Whether your loved one is in a nursing home or other type of care setting, we want to help them get through this.
Elder abuse against the elderly should never happen
When we turn to data provided by the National Council on Aging, we can see that approximately one out of every ten elderly people in this country will experience some form of abuse each year. There are some estimates that say as many as 5 million elderly people are abused each year in the United States.
One of the main types of abuse that the elderly endure is physical abuse. Whether inside of a nursing home, another long-term care facility, or in an in-home setting, physical elder abuse is devastating to victims. This type of abuse is meant to inflict direct pain or injuries on an older adult, and can include behaviors such as the following:
- Unnecessarily using restraints
- Pushing or pulling with tremendous force
- Using unnecessary roughness when moving the elderly person
Signs and symptoms of physical elder abuse
Family members and friends of an elderly person need to be vigilant and continually lookout for signs and symptoms that abuse has occurred. Some of the physical symptoms of this type of abuse can include:
- Unexplained skin tears, bruises, broken bones, lacerations, etc.
- Unexplained and recurring infections
- Signs of dehydration or malnutrition
- Sudden weight loss
Additionally, there are behavioral indicators that abuse has occurred that loved ones should be on the lookout for as well. This can include:
- Sudden changes in personality
- Sudden withdrawn behavior
- The elderly person not wanting to be around certain people
- Newfound depression or anxiety
Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of physical abuse of the elderly are often hard to detect because these signs and symptoms mimic other common issues the elderly may endure as they age. The abusers often use the victim’s age when explaining away certain indicators of abuse. For example, an abuser could claim that a sudden and unexpected fall caused the visible injuries when, in reality, the injuries were caused by abuse.
Call our elder abuse attorneys for a free consultation
If you suspect that your elderly loved one has suffered from some type of physical abuse, contact an attorney immediately. At JML Law, our attorneys have extensive experience handling elderly abuse cases arising out of nursing homes and in-home care settings. Our goal is to secure the compensation our clients need, which can include:
- Coverage of medical bills arising due to the abuse
- Coverage of the cost to stay in the facility or relocate to a new one
- Possible punitive damages against the perpetrators of the abuse
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Pain and suffering damages
If you need a Los Angeles elder abuse attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800.
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