If you or a loved one may be the victim of elder abuse...turn to Kimmel Carter.
Elderly people are often more vulnerable to abuse than others due to isolation and mental impairment. Elder abuse can occur not only in a nursing home, but also in the elder’s own home or in a public place. Perpetrators can be professional caregivers, relatives, spouses, doctors, accountants, or strangers.
Elder abuse can involve physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse. Abuse takes a variety of forms, for example:
- Ignoring or isolating an elderly person
- Failure to provide the necessities of life, such as food, water, shelter, and clothing
- Denial or delay of medical care
- Inadequate help with hygiene or bathing
- Threats of punishment or deprivation, intimidation, or yelling
- Excessive forms of punishment, such as lengthy confinement
- Improper use of an elder’s assets, funds, or property
The signs of elder abuse are often subtle. Absent a statement by the elder that he or she is being abused, loved ones can look for certain injuries or conditions to determine whether abuse or neglect is occurring. Warning signs include:
- Unexplained injuries, such as bruises and broken bones
- Sudden changes in personality or behavior
- Unusual weight loss or malnutrition
- Signs of being restrained, such as rope marks
- Sucking, biting, or rocking
- Loss of assets, poverty, homelessness
Kimmel Carter is familiar with the distressing realities of elder abuse. If your friend or relative shows the signs of elder abuse or neglect, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. In cases where elder abuse results in death, you may also have a wrongful death claim. We can assess your case and help you bring a successful case against the responsible parties.
We are dedicated to representing victims of elder abuse in the Delaware Valley. CONTACT US ONLINE or CALL US AT 302-565-6100 TO SET UP A FREE CONSULTATION.