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Finding elder abuse lawyers in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia is not easy. As the World Health Organization so elegantly put it, “Elder abuse is a violation of human rights and a significant cause of illness, injury, loss of productivity, isolation and despair.” As the world keeps moving faster and it seems like there is not enough time in the day, people get too busy to think about the people who were building this country before we were. The elderly should be the most cherished part of a community because they are the ones who built it and worked in it before the people who are there now. However, this is not always the case.
Sometimes the people who are left in charge of caring for the elderly knowingly or unknowingly cut corners in their care to save time or money. This cutting of corners can be extremely detrimental to their health and is considered negligent. Sometimes the caretakers of the elderly knowingly exert their frustration on their elderly patients, causing elder abuse.
Elder abuse can be inflicted by a domestic caregiver or family member, called domestic elder abuse, or can be inflicted by employees of residential facilities who are legally or contractually obliged to provide care and protection, called institutional elder abuse. Within those two types of elder abuse there are six major categories of abuse that may take place. Included in these categories are: emotional abuse, physical abuse, exploitation, sexual abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Although one sign does not inevitably mean that elder abuse is taking place, some things to look out for are: physical injuries that could indicate physical abuse, mistreatment, or neglect, unexplained changes in behavior, unexplained changes in an elderly person’s finances could be a sign of exploitation, poor hygiene or unattended medical needs, and more.
If you’re cherished elderly person is experiencing suspicious groupings of the before mentioned symptoms, take them to a trusted medical professional immediately and have them evaluated for abuse. If the doctor believes that elder abuse is taking place, call the elder abuse attorneys at Cohen & Cohen without delay. Elder abuse is sickening and completely inexcusable so whoever is perpetrating it should be stopped immediately. By contacting the elder abuse attorneys at Cohen & Cohen, you are advocating for the treasured elderly person in your life by standing up to their abusers.
The elderly victim may be entitled to financial compensation to cover their past, present, and future medical expenses, attorney’s fees, and emotional trauma. However, elder abuse can be difficult for the average attorney practicing personal injury cases. This being said, you need a skillful elder abuse attorney who has a wealth of resources and information on the topic. Cohen & Cohen has an immeasurable amount of elder abuse experience and our team of elder abuse attorneys will make sure you get the perfect attorney for your case. Be proactive and call today!