Jackson Elder Abuse Lawyers
Fighting for Mississippi’s Most Vulnerable Citizens
Senior citizens are among the most vulnerable and dependent members of our society. When they experience abuse, those responsible 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, no matter the source of their mistreatment, talk to a Jackson elder abuse lawyer at ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP. You may be entitled to compensation for the harm inflicted. More importantly, our team can work 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 needs of an older adult
- Confinement for reasons other than medical treatment
- Financial exploitation by committing fraud or misusing a senior citizen’s assets
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 can 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 only 1 in 14 elder abuse cases are reported to the authorities.
Signs of Elder Abuse
Since few instances of elder abuse are 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:
- Frequent and unexplained injuries or falls
- Untreated infections and/or undiagnosed medical conditions
- Poor hygiene and standards of care
- Soiled or torn clothing
- Anxiety over living at the nursing home or assisted living center
- Fearful reactions to nursing home staff or fellow residents
- Severe weight loss
- Sexually transmitted diseases
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 our firm.
Choose Our Firm for Skilled Elder Abuse Counsel
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 Jackson elder abuse lawyer and begin the process of putting an end to your loved one’s abuse. Your consultation is free!