As the elder population continues to grow, so do elder abuse cases. Elder abuse occurs in private homes and nursing or care facilities and it’s important that victims of elder abuse, contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can evaluate their case and represent them in court.
There are various types of abuse and one of them, psychological abuse, is also the most difficult to notice at first glance. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) state that “most cases of elder abuse are perpetrated by known and trusted others, particularly family members (including children, spouses, and others).” That makes reporting suspicion of abuse very difficult but it’s imperative that if you’re a victim or suspect someone else to be a victim of emotional abuse, you contact an experienced Sacramento nursing home injury attorney who can help you with your case.
Emotional abuse can also include repeated swearing at, insulting, humiliating, rejecting, ignoring or frightening older people. The elderly population is one of the fastest growing segment in the nation. In 2000, elderly were 13% of the population and in 2030, they will be 20%. By 2030, there will be more persons over the age of 65 than those under the age of 18. California has the largest elderly population in the US at nearly 4 million and it’s only increasing. This makes recognizing crime more important but also more difficult.
Often, victims of elder abuse tend to be the most isolated of all victims and they tend to have fewer social connections to the community. It is important, that if you’re a victim or you know someone who is a victim, contact a Sacramento nursing home injury attorney for legal help.
Some of the warning signs of emotional abuse are:
Often, elder abuse is accompanied by elder neglect, which for a growing population, can be very devastating. Elder neglect is ignoring calls for help or not complying with routine physical care. Seniors are extremely vulnerable to psychological abuse and neglect due to their mental state and total dependence on a caregiver. It’s important that everyone who suspects a loved one is the victim of abuse contact an experienced elder abuse lawyer.
It’s disheartening to know that anyone would abuse or neglect senior adults, however, elderly or dependent adult are targeted usually because:
There are a variety of reasons why the elderly can be abused but regardless of the circumstance, you need to contact an attorney who can legally represent you and help you in court.
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