Surprising Facts About Elder Abuse
Elder abuse a very real and growing problem in the United States, whether we like it or not. There are many different forms of abuse that fall under the elder or nursing home abuse category, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment. We at Rad Law Firm know that elder abuse can be performed by anyone, and we can help you hold abusive parties accountable for their actions.
How Can Elder Abuse Happen?
Before we go over a few interesting facts about elder abuse in America, let’s briefly look at the most common types of nursing home abuse as a refresher:
● Physical abuse – This occurs when someone inflicts pain or injury upon an older adult or nursing home resident
● Sexual abuse – This type of abuse includes touching, fondling, intercourse and any other unwanted sexual activity with an older adult
● Emotional abuse – This includes verbal assaults, threats, harassment or intimidation
● Neglect – When a caregiver fails to provide the senior with life’s necessities, such as food, clothing, shelter or medical care, it is considered neglect
● Deprivation – When an older adult is denied medication, medical care, shelter, food or physical assistance, they are at risk of becoming physically, mentally or emotionally damaged
● Financial abuse – This happens when a caretaker, family member, or nursing home staff member misuses or withholds an older adult’s monetary resources
Elder Abuse Statistics
Now that we have a better idea of what some of the most common types of nursing home abuse are, we can look at some facts about elder abuse in America:
● It is estimated that between 1 and 2 million Americans 65 or older have been injured, exploited, neglected or otherwise mistreated by someone they trusted and depended upon:
○ Some studies indicate the number of abused elders in the U.S. is as high as 5 million
● The majority of elder abuse cases go unreported
○ 70% of these cases are preventable
○ It is estimated that upwards of 90,000 of these cases are fatal or life-threatening
● The most common form of elder abuse is financial exploitation
○ Physical abuse, neglect and emotional abuse follow closely
Let Us Help You Seek Justice
If you or someone you love has been involved in an elder abuse case in Dallas, please contact us or call 972-661-1111 today. Our elder abuse attorneys will go over your case with you and do our best to ensure justice is served.