Abuse of the elderly is a problem that is growing. We don’t know why it happens or how to stop the spread of this kind of behavior. Below, our Los Angeles elderly abuse lawyers created an exhaustive list of elder abuse in its many forms.
For the list of the more common types, go here. One of the things that can be done is for the concerned person to know the warning signs. That way, if a possible problem exists, people can call for help. Our firm stands ready in service any way needed. Contact us for more info today.
The definition of physical abuse is the use of force, which can result in bodily injury, impairment, or physical pain. This damage can include acts of violence, such as hitting, slapping, pinching, and striking. And this could be done with or without using an object.
For example, pushing, shoving, shaking, beating, kicking, and burning could be the method, not limited to using force. There can also be the inappropriate use of physical restraints, force-feeding, use of drugs, and any physical punishment. All are also physical abuse.
These are the most detailed results of physical abuse but are not limited to these signs or symptoms.
Sexual abuse is a form of physical abuse, which is the act of non-consensual contact with an elderly adult. This mistreatment can be sexual contact with anyone incapable of giving consent.
Sexual abuse and rape are not limited to unwanted touching. So this includes all types of sexual assault and battery, including rape, sodomy, sexually explicit photos, and coerced nudity.
In addition, signs include:
The definition of emotional or psychological abuse is the infliction of pain, distress, or anguish by verbal or non-verbal acts. In addition, this type of abuse includes verbal assaults, insults, intimidation, humiliation, harassment, and threats. Secondly, there are no limits on the types of elder abuse.
Isolating an elderly person from their family or activities or giving them the “silent treatment.” These are all forms of forced social isolation. Hence, they are forms of emotional or psychological abuse. Threatening a senior is analogous to the abuse of an infant. After all, they depend on the healthcare provider or nursing home staff.
These are common signs and symptoms of emotional or psychological abuse but are not limited to these.
Neglect can take several forms, generally refusing the elderly adult shelter, food, water, personal hygiene, personal safety, medicine, comfort, and other essentials, which are agreed upon or implied in the caretaker’s responsibility to an older adult.
Neglect can be the failure or refusal in any way of a person or staff member obligated duties to the older adult. It can also be a failure on the part of a person who has fiduciary roles.
So it’s a failure to provide care for the older adult.
Furthermore, common signs include:
The definition of elderly abandonment abuse is the desertion of an older adult by the individual who has assumed the responsibility of caring for them or by an individual who has physical custody of the older adult.
The signs and symptoms of abandonment can include the following but are not limited to them:
Desertion of an older adult at any of the following:
The definition of financial or material exploitation is the improper or illegal use of a senior’s funds, assets, or property, by another. This abuse can be cashing the older adult’s checks without permission or authorization. It could include forging their signature, stealing or misusing their possessions or money.
Deceiving or coercing an older adult to sign documents, contracts, or wills is part of it. But it can also be the improper use of guardianship, power of attorney, or conservatorship. Seniors in exceptional homes often do not realize the issue. They usually do not know it until it is too late. A steady eye prevents many of these serious concerns. Children or grandchildren play a vital role in preventing these issues.
These are common signs and symptoms of financial or material exploitation of an older adult. Not limited to:
This self-inflicted harm can occur and is not so easily spotted unless the care provider is on their game. This insecurity occurs when an older adult’s behavior threatens their safety. This insecurity typically happens with an older adult who refuses or fails to provide themselves with shelter, adequate food, water, and clothing. Often, personal hygiene or prescribed medications, as well as practicing safety precautions, are at risk.
Self-neglect does not include situations where the older adult is mentally competent. It means they must have complete faculty of their decisions. This is a conscious or voluntary decision to act in a way that could threaten their health or safety and is a choice. So it means they know, rather than unaware of the results.
In addition, common signs of self-neglect often include, but are not limited to:
Above are the many signs and symptoms of elder abuse and neglect. Furthermore, if you have seen this in a person under care or elderly, do the right thing. Report this to law enforcement and help the victim get an elder abuse attorney. Root out the problem at its source. Contact the police as soon as you can.
Our attorneys care about each of our clients. The firm’s head is Michael Ehline. Ehline is a former Marine who angers at the thought of our elders’ abuse. We answer the phone day and night. Our firm also comes to you wherever you are. We offer a free, no-pressure visit. Our decades of experience are on full display. See why our former clients trust us so much. In summary, contact us for more information.
Michael Ehline is an inactive U.S. Marine and world famous legal historian. Michael helped draft the Cruise Ship Safety Act and has won some of the largest motorcycle accident settlements in U.S. History. Together with his legal team, Michael and the Ehline Law Firm collect damages on behalf of clients. We pride ourselves in being available to answer your most pressing and difficult questions 24/7. We are proud sponsors of the Paul Ehline Memorial Motorcycle Ride, and a a Service Disabled Veteran Operated Business. (SDVOB.) We are ready to fight.
Go here for for More Verdicts and Settlements
Downtown Los Angeles Office
633 West 5th Street #2890
Los Angeles, CA 90071
3838 W. Carson Street, Ste 334
Torrance, CA 90503