Elder abuse and neglect affect an unacceptable percentage of senior citizens in the United States. According to the National Council on Aging, approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60 and older has experienced some form of abuse, and an estimated 5 million senior citizens suffer abuse each year.
There are several factors that combine to contribute to this high rate of elder abuse. Four of the most common are:
- History of domestic violence;
- Abuser has personal problems;
- And living with others.
One of the best ways to identify and prevent elder abuse is to know the risk factors. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect are often entirely out of the victim’s or family’s control.
If you experienced elder abuse in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A Shreveport personal-injury attorney will evaluate your case to determine if you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and noneconomic damages.
We can gather evidence, interview witnesses and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free consultation.
Until then, read on for a brief overview of four factors that make elderly people vulnerable to abuse:
- History of Domestic Violence
In many cases, elder abuse is domestic violence from the victim’s spouse. This is often motivated by the offender’s desire to exert control and power through emotional or physical abuse.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, senior citizens who have some form of cognitive impairment are at a greater risk of neglect and abuse compared to those who do not suffer from these conditions. People with dementia require additional care and attention, so caregivers may resent them or become impatient. This can lead to physical restraints, verbal abuse and neglect.
- Abuser Has Personal Problems
An abuser’s personal problems can contribute to elder abuse. For example, an addiction to drugs or alcohol can motivate abuse.
Sometimes abusers rely on the elder person for financial support. This can lead to financial exploitation.
- Living with Others
Elder people who live with others are at higher risk of abuse than those who live alone. This is because abusers who live with or provide regular care to elders have more opportunity to mistreat them. According to the NCEA, a wide range of people, including family members, friends, service providers and professional caregivers, can perpetrate elder abuse.
Nursing home abuse can have devastating consequences for both the victim and his or her family. In addition to the psychological damage, nursing home abuse can result in life-threatening medical conditions, financial losses and even death.
If you or a member of your family was the victim of nursing home abuse, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A Louisiana nursing home abuse attorney will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovery. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.