As our population ages, one of the growing concerns for the Baby Boomer generation is ensuring that they are cared for in their twilight years. Unfortunately, some people see the elderly as an opportunity to abuse and take advantage of those who cannot fight back or sometimes even communicate what is happening to others. Elder abuse is a horrific issue, and those who take advantage of our older loved ones must be held accountable for their actions. The experienced elder abuse attorneys at Deldar Legal are here for you and your family if you suspect that someone is committing elder abuse against someone you love. Call or contact our office today to schedule a free evaluation of your claims.
Different Types of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse comes in many forms and is typically perpetrated by a close family member, friend, or caretaker of your older loved one. It is critical that you and others who interact with your elderly family members understand and are able to recognize signs of potential abuse for quick and effective intervention. The four main types of elder abuse are physical, emotional, financial, and sexual.
Physical elder abuse is the intentional use of force against an older person with the intent to harm. This type of abuse can cause physical injuries, and in the most extreme cases, death. Signs of physical abuse include:
- Broken bones
- Sudden hair loss
- Dislocated joints
- Sprains, and
- Tooth loss
In addition, a pattern of hospitalizations for similar injuries, delayed medical care, poor explanations for your loved one’s injury, withdrawal from activities, and discomfort by your elder around specific individuals can also indicate physical abuse.
Emotional elder abuse, also known as psychological abuse, is meant to inflict mental pain, fear, or distress in an elderly person. Signs of emotional elder abuse include:
- Appearing depressed or withdrawn
- Avoiding eye contact
- Different eating or sleeping patterns
- Mood swings
Financial elder abuse is the illegal and improper use of an elderly person’s financial resources without their knowledge or consent. Signs of financial abuse include:
- Missing belongings or property
- A lack of understanding of their own financial situation
- Unexplained banking withdrawals
- Evidence of unpaid bills or utilities being discontinued
Sexual elder abuse is any unwanted sexual interaction of any kind with your older loved one. This includes any sexual act with an elderly person who has dementia or can otherwise not consent to sexual acts. Warning signs of sexual elder abuse include:
- Bruised or bleeding genitals
- Panic attacks
- Pelvic injuries
- Difficulty walking
- Torn or bloody underwear
It is important to note that both criminal charges and a civil lawsuit can be brought against a person accused of committing elder abuse, and furthermore criminal charges are not required in order to bring a civil case for damages. While a criminal conviction for elder abuse is compelling evidence for a civil trial, it is by no means required.
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Talk to an experienced elder abuse attorney today to learn more if you suspect that someone is harming your elderly loved one. Call or contact us now at Deldar Legal to schedule an evaluation of your case.