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The Signs of Elder Abuse

Dec 25, 2007
There are many different signs of elder abuse, and when looking for them it is very important to remember that not all elder abuse is physical. There are mental and emotional abuse issues that must be considered as well in order to protect elderly people against abuse and nursing home neglect.

Naturally, those that care for elderly people in nursing homes and other facilities are supposed to actually take care of these people, which means making sure to meet their basic needs and see that no harm comes to them. This is becoming more and more difficult, however, as the population ages and the ratio of elderly people to caregivers becomes larger. Despite these changes, however, there is no excuse for elder abuse or nursing home neglect.

Signs of elder abuse include obvious concerns such as cuts and bruises, especially if these things are repeated. When an injury continues to happen, it becomes suspicious, and rushing out and calling an elder abuse lawyer because an elderly relative has a cut or bruise is certainly not necessary.

Accidents of the slip-and-fall variety happen even in the best-run of nursing homes and elder care facilities. If elder abuse or nursing home neglect is taking place, these kinds of injuries will happen on a consistent basis, and they will be explained away with very tired excuses that are repetitious.

In addition, the excuses might not always match from one worker to the other, and a worker or workers may even be caught in a lie. These kinds of problems, however, are not the only symptoms of elder abuse, nor are they the only reasons that one should consider hiring a nursing home abuse lawyer.

Some elder abuse comes from mental and emotional mistreatment. Care workers that do not care are the chief cause of this type of issue. These individuals often ignore complaints and opinions, and they also often say hurtful things to the elderly people that they are supposed to be concerned about.

A person can only take so much of that before it becomes very harmful to his or her self-esteem. Issues of worth and value are often a concern for elderly people as it is, since they may not feel as though they have a lot to offer society any longer. A nursing home negligence attorney can help recover damages for the wronged party when there are signs of nursing home abuse or neglect.
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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