As unconscionable as it may seem, some people target seniors for scams and abuse because of their supposed vulnerability. This is especially true when dementia or Alzheimer’s plays a role, or when a senior lacks social connection and feels a sense of isolation.

No person should have to suffer abuse, especially not at the hands of those tasked with caring for them. If you suspect elder abuse, swift action is crucial. Our attorneys at Roybal- Mack & Cordova, PC treat every client like one of our own, which is why we’re so passionate about defending the rights of victims of abuse.

Signs of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse can occur at nursing homes and independent living communities. It can happen at the hands of a family member or a professional caregiver. It can involve financial, physical, or emotional mistreatment.

Being able to recognize when elder abuse is occurring is the first step in addressing it, so look out for the following:

  • Unexplained Injuries – Bruises, cuts, broken bones, and other injuries should signal alarm in the family of the senior. This is especially true when injuries occur within a nursing home since staff must be vigilant about senior care at all times.
  • Bedsores – Immobile seniors must be moved and cleaned on a regular basis. Their bedding must also be changed regularly, as well as their clothing. When these duties are neglected, bedsores will likely develop. Some bedsores even result in life-threatening infections when other health conditions are present.
  • Depression or Anxiety – Both mental and physical abuse can lead to the onset of depression and anxiety disorders. A person may also be withdrawn or uncommunicative after abuse takes place.
  • Poor Personal Care – For seniors who need help with bathing and grooming, poor personal care typically points to neglect. The elderly person may also be lacking in nutrition and proper hydration.
  • Trouble Paying Bills – With financial abuse, the target may experience difficulty covering daily living expenses. The person’s bank account may also be losing funds, even though the account holder has no recollection of spending money.

The best way to protect your elderly loved one is by maintaining a consistent presence in their life. Visit often, ask questions, and let your loved one know that you’re always there should they need help.

When to Contact an Elder Abuse Attorney

Even after the issue has been remedied, your loved one may still want to pursue legal action against the abuser. Not only will this help recoup financial losses, it also ensures the abuser is held accountable for the damage that occurred.

Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC understands how upsetting elder abuse truly is. That’s why our attorneys are so diligent when developing legal strategies for our clients. If you’d like to discuss your case, please call 505.832.3411 to schedule a free consultation.

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