Elder abuse litigation is the primary focus of the highly experienced trial attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere. Our elder abuse lawyers have more than 100 years of combined legal experience, and with offices in California, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Arizona, we represent clients across the U.S. in these sensitive, important matters.
According to a recent study, 10% of adults aged 60 and older are the subjects of abuse by caretakers, family members, and even total strangers. Our attorneys understand the amount of anguish that one feels after discovering that their parent or friend was manipulated to meet the needs of an abuser.
As a dedicated team of elder abuse lawyers, we have worked with clients on a wide range of complaints. We have sought justice for victims of abuse, carelessness, and everything in between. When it comes time to get justice for your loved ones, we can help bring charges against the perpetrator.
- What is Elder Abuse?
- Signs of Elder Abuse
- How to Recognize & Prevent Elder Abuse
- How to Report Elder Abuse
- Get in Touch with an Attorney
Contact our elder abuse attorneys at (800) 328-2630 today for a free case consultation if you suspect your loved one is a victim of abuse.
An Attorney Can Help
Elder law lawyers are advocates for the elderly and their loved ones. At Garcia & Artigliere, we deal with a wide range of legal matters that impact older or disabled individuals, including problems related to nursing home abuse, financial senior abuse, elder fraud, abuse by home healthcare aides, personal injury related to abuse, healthcare, and long-term care planning.
What Is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse may be defined as any type of physical, psychological, or sexual abuse committed against a senior citizen. Senior abuse can even result in death. It is often committed by someone who oversees caring for the elderly person. In the United States alone, more than half a million reports of elder abuse reach authorities every year, and many cases go unreported.
Abuse of the elderly can take place in institutional settings, particularly long-term care centers, nursing homes, and skilled nursing centers. Often in these settings, elders are harmed when loved ones are not around, which is a thinly veiled attempt at covering up such treatment. Elders can also be abused at home by family members, such as by spouses or adult children.
Signs of Elder Abuse
The physical and psychological effects of senior abuse will vary. Family members and friends should be on the lookout for unexplained injuries or conditions that linger for an extended period.
Physical signs of elder abuse may include:
- Welts, bruises, and cuts
- Dental issues
- Head injuries
- Bed sores
- Consistent physical pain and discomfort
- Nutrition and hydration concerns
- Sleep disruptions
- Worsening of preexisting health conditions
Psychological signs of elder abuse may include:
- High levels of distress and anxiety
- Withdrawal or increasing depression
- A dramatic change in sleeping or eating habits
- Confusion or contradictory statements
- A feeling of helplessness or hopelessness
- Signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
How to Recognize & Prevent Elder Abuse
Signs of elder abuse can be challenging to recognize or may be confused for symptoms of dementia or a senior’s frailty. Many of the signs and symptoms of elder neglect and abuse do overlap with symptoms of mental stress. It is important to be aware and involved, so you can prevent elder neglect and abuse from occurring in the first place.
As a caregiver or loved one, the following actions can help prevent elder neglect and abuse:
- Visit as often as you can, at random times.
- Hold the facility and caretaker accountable; monitor that staff is sufficient and attentive.
- Monitor the elder’s medications to make sure they are being taken according to the prescription from the doctor.
- Ask the elder if you can monitor their checking account and credit card statements for financial abuse and unauthorized transactions.
- Report suspected abuse to an elder attorney or the abuse hotline as soon as possible.
How to Report Elder Abuse
If you suspect harm of a senior, you should call an attorney who specializes in elder law immediately to get help with the reporting process. They will help you navigate the bureaucracy of filing a complaint with the local police department and protective services, as well as provide support for you during the investigation. Your lawyer will ensure the rights of your elder loved one and that you are legally protected throughout the entire process.
Your Elder Abuse Attorneys
At Garcia & Artigliere, we understand that this is a traumatic experience for the elderly loved one and caregiver. It is our mission to put an end to elder abuse and recoup all damages associated with such treatment. If you strongly suspect that a loved one is being abused, or if you have already discovered evidence of abuse, taking a proactive approach will help ensure the best outcome.
Our elder abuse attorneys have been helping senior citizens who have been abused by caretakers at home and in facilities for nearly 30 years. If you or a loved one has been abused, we step in to hold at-fault parties accountable. We have handled more than 2,500 elderly abuse cases around the country, resulting in more than $1.3 billion in recoveries for victims and their families.
For experienced help and guidance, call our team at (800) 328-2630. We look forward to assisting you. Se habla español.