Recognizing & Preventing Elder Abuse in Dallas, TX
According to the National Center of Elder Abuse and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, nearly 6 million cases of elder abuse are reported annually in the United States. This means that 9.5% of the elderly population is subjected to some form of abuse or neglect each year. When examining the specific nature of these incidents, it has been reported that 58% involve neglect, 15% involve physical abuse, 12% involve financial abuse, 7% involve emotional abuse and .04% involve sexual abuse. Although each form of elder abuse is different, the ramifications are usually always the same. For this reason, the Dallas personal injury lawyers at Lenahan Law Firm encourage you to learn more about the warning signs of abuse and the ways in which you can ultimately combat it.
Nursing home abuse and elder neglect can develop under a number of different circumstances. What makes it so difficult to detect, however, is that the victims are often unwilling to speak up about the harm that they have suffered—either because they are scared, ashamed or physically incapable. For this reason, it may be necessary for their loved ones to take protective measures on their behalf once the abuse and/or neglect has been recognized.
Some of the most common warning signs include:
- Sudden changes in behavior, hygiene or diet
- Unexplained bruising, lacerations or broken bones
- Dramatic weight loss / signs of malnutrition
- Obvious signs of fear around a particular caregiver
- Unexplained venereal disease or genital infection
- Untreated physical problems (i.e. bed sores)
If you have noticed any of these red flags, it is important that you do not ignore them. First, you should discuss the matter with your loved one to determine if your suspicions are justified. Should they confirm that they have been abused or neglected by their caregiver or a staff member at a nursing home facility, it may be in your best interests to speak with a Dallas personal injury attorney from the Lenahan Law Firm about your case. In doing so, you will be able to explore your options under the experienced guidance of a legal professional and develop a plan for seeking rightful damages. It is important that you take action immediately if you believe that you have a legitimate claim, however, as no one should have to suffer through the circumstances of abuse or neglect a second after it has been recognized.
To learn more about how the Dallas injury lawyers at the Lenahan Law Firm can assist you in pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, contact our firm today at (888) 473-2820 or submit a free case evaluation form online.