Elder Abuse/Mistreatment

Learning about the abuse and mistreatment of an elderly loved one can be earthshaking news. Most of us wonder who could do such a thing, but the sad fact is that elderly abuse and mistreatment happens more frequently than most people imagine. In many cases, the victims cannot communicate about their abuse, or perhaps they don’t have anyone to tell. At Walker Wallace PLC, we take cases of elderly abuse or mistreatment personally and work tirelessly to make sure the perpetrators pay for their actions.

Educating family members about types of elderly abuse

While the thought that someone would abuse an elderly person is incomprehensible to the average person, it is not uncommon. In the most recent study from the National Center on Elder Abuse, it was found that as many as ten percent of elderly people were abused in the previous year. The numbers may be even higher, because of the inability of many victims to report their abuse. The types of abuse suffered by the elderly include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • False imprisonment
  • Neglect
  • Abandonment
  • Financial abuse

If you have an elderly loved one in a nursing home or under full-time care in his or her own home, make every effort to speak to them away from their caregiver to learn if they are the victim of abuse. If nursing home abuse is present, our attorneys at Walker Wallace PLC provide advice on steps to take to end the abuse.

Helping you identify signs of abuse and mistreatment

Abuse and mistreatment come in many forms. Inattention by caregivers may result in falls when the staff fails to put up bedrails or doesn’t use bed alarms. Patients left in bed or in wheelchairs for long periods may develop bedsores if the facility does not provide low-pressure mattresses. By learning to identify the signs of abuse and mistreatment, you can get your loved one into a better situation. Signs of elderly neglect and mistreatment include:

  • Sudden weight loss
  • Bruising
  • Dehydration
  • Medication errors
  • Bedsores
  • Injuries from falls
  • Malnutrition
  • Infections

If your loved one exhibits any of these signs, don’t be intimidated by nursing home staff or administrators. Our experienced elder abuse and mistreatment attorneys offer advice about how to end the neglect.

What to do if you suspect elder abuse

If someone you know is in immediate, life-threatening danger, call the police or 911. Kentucky law makes it mandatory to report possible elderly abuse. You can report it anonymously on a 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 502-937-1125.

When making the report, be prepared to provide the following information:

  • The name and address of the adult, or any other person responsible for his or her care
  • The age of the adult
  • The nature and extent of the abuse, neglect or exploitation, including any evidence of previous abuse, neglect or exploitation
  • The identity of the perpetrator, if known
  • The identity of the complainant, if possible
  • Any other information that you believe might be helpful in establishing the cause of abuse, neglect or exploitation

If the victim is a member of your family, consult with a seasoned attorney next to discuss what options are available for legal action against the perpetrator or the nursing home administration.

Call our Louisville, KY law firm today to schedule a free consultation

Walker Wallace PLC is committed to providing quality, affordable legal services, and we take the protection of elderly clients personally. Our office is located in Louisville’s South End, conveniently away from downtown. We offer free initial consultations and make nursing home visits as needed. For an appointment that fits your schedule, call us at 502-937-1125 or contact us online.