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Many Elder Abuse Cases go Unnoticed

Dec 25, 2007
All too often, people do not recognize the signs of elder abuse. Much of this comes from the fact that a lot of elder abuse is mental or emotional, instead of physical. When abuse takes place this way, people often do not notice it because they do not see active proof of it, such as cuts, bruises, or other problems.

Instead, they might think that the elder abuse that the person speaks of is a figment of his or her imagination, that it is not real, or that it is being made up because the elderly person does not want to be in the nursing home or other location where the abuse allegedly takes place. In other words, the elderly person might be making up the abuse to try and remain home with family, instead of being placed in an elderly care facility. This is sometimes done by elderly people as punishment directed at their children and grandchildren.

However, it is important to remember that elder abuse cases are very real. Even if the signs and symptoms of it have been overlooked for a long time, it is never too late to do something to help the elderly person. If abuse or nursing home neglect is suspected, an elder abuse lawyer can be contacted. This individual can take the facts and the suspicions and determine whether the elderly person and/or his or her family have a case for abuse.

A nursing home abuse lawyer would be able to more thoroughly investigate the nursing home or facility in question and make a good determination as to whether nursing home neglect or abuse was taking place there. In addition, a nursing home negligence attorney could also help the wronged individual recover damages and therefore receive some compensation for the pain and suffering that he or she had to endure.

Naturally, not all cases of abuse or nursing home neglect require an elder abuse lawyer, because not all of them turn out to be what they seem. Sometimes, what is thought to be abuse or neglect actually is not, because the individuals involved in it did not do anything that broke the law. Accidents can happen, and one accident does not make a case for abuse.

However, a nursing home negligence attorney or similarly-designated lawyer should be called for cases that are obviously abuse, or for "accidents" that seem to keep happening, suggesting that there might be an ongoing pattern of abuse that has been overlooked in the past.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma, maritime injury, and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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