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Causes of Elder Abuse and Neglect

The increase in the elderly population has brought a rise in the abuse of elderly persons. Such abuse is rampart not only in care facilities but in homes where the elderly live with their families. However, it is sad to say that elder abuse cases are linked to physical, emotional and psychological.

Abuse happens for a number of different reasons. Some are to scam the elderly of their money and or assets. Others emotionally abuse the elderly to control their monthly income. But in elder care facilities neglect or intentional acts result in abuse and other issues.

Causes of Elder Abuse

Neglect often results in abuse and injury to the elderly. When a person is neglected for long periods of time this is a form of abuse. This is because the elderly often are unable to care for themselves. This is due to a number of reasons, such as:

  • Infirmity
  • Confinement to a wheelchair, walker or bed

When any person is confined in an area this may cause injury like bedsores, broken bones and withered muscles. There are often tell-tale signs the neglect or abuse the elderly person suffers. It’s important to enlist the services of a lawyer. The lawyer will ensure the person is taken care of properly and paid compensation due.

As a person ages there are a number of faculties that diminish. These senses may result in the person keeping silent when someone is causing them harm. It is because of this that the elderly are targeted by abusers. Such diminished faculties may include loss of memory, sight, hearing or speech. However, others keep silent out of fear that more harm may be done if they speak out. Or fear of injury of a loved one.

A family whose loved one has been injured through abuse or neglect must seek legal help. Some of these instances need litigation in order to compensate the injury or harm. Contact the Vinson Law Office for advice in a free initial consultation.


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