Incidences of elder abuse are, unfortunately, common across all walks of life and socioeconomic groups. However, elder abuse in less affluent populations is something that is becoming increasingly common. Senior adults in lower-income brackets have reported increased incidences of physical, financial, emotional, and sexual abuse in recent years. The Huffington Post also recently ran an article about the phenomenon, which can be viewed by clicking this link.
In all states, elder abuse crimes are punishable under various criminal codes for assault, sexual assault and fraud, among others. However, victims of elder abuse and neglect may also be able to collect punitive and other damages in a civil lawsuit. For example, an individual injured by negligent personal care could sue for damages resulting from that injury. Similarly, damages for injuries caused by negligent maintenance of the facility and its equipment may also be pursued in civil court.
Elder abuse is a serious problem and seniors deserve to be compensated for injuries sustained from abuse or neglect. To find out how to hold the responsible party accountable for your or a loved one's injuries, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania. He takes nursing home and hospital claims for elderly victims of abuse and neglect. For more information on his Altoona, PA practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at 814-946-4100.