Pennsylvania Physical Elder Abuse Attorney
Elder abuse is a growing problem in America that is worsening as much of our population begins to retire. As a result of this wave of retirement, many aging citizens are being taken care of by others, whether in a hospital, nursing home, or home care setting. Many of these caregivers are responsible and caring workers, but some take advantage of their patients and abuse them in a variety of ways. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that between 1 and 2 million people aged 65 and over are victims of elder abuse each year. Elder abuse takes shape in four main ways-physical, sexual, emotional/psychological, and financial.
Physical Abuse of the Elderly
Physical abuse of the elderly is one of the most common forms of abuse and is perhaps the easiest to spot. Common signs of physical elder abuse include, but are not limited to:
- Inappropriate use of restraints that leave bruises, cuts, or cut off circulation
- Unexplained bruises or cuts, especially around the neck or groin areas
- Over/under medication for pain or other health conditions
- Unusual bone fractures or head injuries
Additionally, a report of abuse from the elderly individual is also something that should be taken seriously. Another common sign of abuse is patient withdrawal from interactions with the caregiver, as well as looking uncomfortable when near the caregiver.
Physical Abuse And Your Legal Claim
If you suspect that an elderly loved one has been physically abused while in the care of another, it could be time to take legal action. Contact an experienced elder abuse lawyer, Attorney Doug Stoehr, for more information about your possible legal claim.
If you would like more information about this page or Attorney Stoehr's areas of practice, contact our Altoona, Pennsylvania, law firm by calling 814-946-4100. Home and hospital visits can be arranged. Evening and weekend hours are available for your convenience.