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Elder abuse has become an epidemic in the United States and unfortunately happens in all manner of settings from in-home care to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. A person who is over the age of 60 is considered to be elderly, and there are a number of legal protections in place to ensure that elderly persons’ rights and safety are protected.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, you could be entitled to compensation to cover all costs and damages associated with your injuries. Speaking with one of the experienced and dedicated elder abuse lawyers from Dan Chapman and Associates will help you understand what your options are, and read on to learn more about elder abuse and its various forms.
Elder Abuse Includes a Variety of Different Forms of Abusive Behavior
There are many common forms of elder abuse, and knowing what they are and the signs to watch out for is the first step towards stopping the behavior and then collecting appropriate damages.
Common forms of elder abuse include:
- Physical abuse – physical abuse happens when an elder experiences pain, injury, illness, functional impairment, distress, or death due to the intentional use of physical force, which includes acts of kicking, hitting, pushing, slapping, and burning
- Psychological or emotional abuse – concerns verbal or nonverbal behaviors that cause mental pain, anguish, fear, or distress in the older adult
- Sexual abuse – concerns forced or unwanted sexual interaction of any kind with an older adult
- Neglect – is when there is a failure to meet the basic needs of the older adult, including food, shelter, hygiene, clothing, and essential medical care
- Financial abuse – refers to the illegal, improper, or unauthorized use of an elder person’s money, property, benefits, belongings, or assets for the benefit of someone other than the older adult
If you or a loved one has encountered any of these forms of abuse from a caregiver, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages. Determining the abuse and what you are entitled to requires a careful assessment of the unique facts and circumstances of your case, and an elder law attorney can help.
Speak with an Elder Abuse Lawyer from Dan Chapman and Associates Today
Recovering compensation for your injuries or the injury of your loved one requires that you collect evidence to prove your damages, then submit a claim with the insurance company of the party responsible for the elder abuse. This process requires the gathering of evidence and follow-up opinions from medical experts, and the assembly of a claim that adheres to the rules and procedures of the insurance company and court if necessary.
Working with an elder abuse lawyer from Dan Chapman and Associates will remove the stress of collecting evidence, drafting a claim, and negotiating a settlement out of your day-to-day life. Your attorney handles everything for you every step of the way, so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries while we focus on recovering the fullest possible compensation for you.
For a cost-free, risk-free assessment of your elder abuse, schedule a consultation with Dan Chapman and Associates now!