Senior citizens are among the most vulnerable and dependent members of our society. When they experience abuse, individuals who inflict this abuse must be held accountable for their actions. Sadly, instances of elder abuse are shockingly commonplace.
While your initial instincts might be that elders who are abused are victims of their caretakers, recent evidence suggests that elders abuse one another. A recent U.S. study concluded that one in five nursing home residents may endure physical or verbal abuse from their roommates or other residents.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of elder abuse, talk to a Mississippi elder abuse lawyer. You may be entitled to legal compensation for the harms inflicted. More importantly, your elder abuse attorney will help put a stop to the abuse once and for all.
What Is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse is a far-reaching term meant to describe various forms of abuse against elders and senior citizens, including:
- Physical abuse that inflicts physical injuries and pain on a senior citizen
- Emotional abuse involving intimidation, harassment, verbal assaults or abusive threats
- Neglecting to provide for the food, clothing, shelter and medical care needs of an older adult
- Confinement for reasons other than medical treatment
- Financial exploitation by committing fraud or misusing a senior citizen’s wealth and resources
Perpetrators of these abusive behaviors could be a close family member, a nursing home staff member or even a fellow resident at a nursing home or assisted living center. Mississippi’s Vulnerable Persons Act clearly states that such abusive behaviors are unlawful. As such, if you or a loved one have been subjected to one of the abuses described, an elder abuse attorney in Jackson, MS will fight for your right to receive deserved compensation.
Elder Abuse by the Numbers
According to the National Council on Aging, approximately 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have experienced elder abuse in some form. By some estimates, 5 million elders are abused each year. Incredibly, abuse and neglect research has found that only1 in 14 elder abuse cases are reported to the authorities.
Signs of Elder Abuse
Since few instances of elder abuse are actually discovered and reported to authorities, Mississippi caretakers and loved ones of the elderly must monitor for signs of elder abuse. All too often, seniors are too proud or embarrassed to admit they have been abused, manipulated or exploited. Worse, some less scrupulous nursing homes will try to hide the evidence of elder abuse to protect their own interests.
You can be the eyes and ears for the elderly and vulnerable by paying attention to the following signs of abuse and neglect:
- Continuous unexplainable bruises and/or falls
- Untreated infections and/or undiagnosed medical conditions
- Poor hygiene and standards of care
- Soiled clothing
- Anxiety over living at the nursing home or assisted living center
- Fearful responses to nursing home staff or fellow residents
- Severe weight loss
- And more
If you notice any of these signs or any other suspicious treatment of the elderly, report it to proper authorities. Then, if the elder in question is your loved one, contact an elder abuse attorney in Jackson, MS immediately.
Ignoring the eldest and most vulnerable Mississippians who are victims of abuse is not an option. Maggio Thompson, LLP is ready and willing to provide you and your loved ones with the legal counsel needed to protect your rights and recover damages when elder abuse occurs. Contact our team to speak with a Mississippi elder abuse lawyer and begin the process of putting an end to your loved one’s abuse.