Our San Diego elder abuse lawyers have often taken on the task of defending those who cannot defend themselves: Those fathers and mothers who have spent their lives caring for others. Ever year, tens of thousands of elderly Americans are abused by the hands of the people they trust the most: spouses, children, grandchildren, caregivers or financial advisors. As San Diego elder abuse lawyers we have seen it happen to anyone, regardless of sex, social status or ethnic background. Today, elder abuse, and its twin sister nursing home neglect, is considered one of the most common unrecognized social problems facing American healthcare according to the Centers for Disease Control. For more information about this growing problem, visit the National Center on Elder Abuse.
The abuse of elders takes many forms, from physical abuse to nursing home neglect to financial exploitation. The signs of elder abuse may be obvious or very subtle, particularly when the abuse is something other than physical. The most common types of abuse are defined below:
The use of force against an elder resulting in physical pain, injury or impairment. Such abuse not only includes physical assaults and sexual abuse, but the inappropriate use of restraints or confinement may constitute elder abuse as well.
Emotional or Psychological abuse:
Treating an elder in ways that may cause emotional pain or distress such as intimidation, humiliation, isolation or terror.
Neglect or abandonment by caregivers:
Failing to fulfill a caretaking obligation which may be passive (ignoring elder’s needs) or active (intentional harm).
The unauthorized use of an elderly person’s funds or property by an individual, an institution, or person in a position of trust.
This list is by no means exhaustive. Nearly any behavior leading to the harm or mental suffering of an elder may qualify as abuse. Learning the signs and symptoms of elder abuse will not only save lives but will strengthen the fight against elder abuse in the future. With the help of a San Diego elder abuse lawyer from our firm we can make sure that the elderly in your family are not forgotten.