What You Need to Know About Elder Physical Abuse

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Unfortunately, the elderly are more vulnerable to serious injury or harm than the rest of us. Even worse, sometimes, people will exploit this and seriously harm our elderly. If you suspect an act of elder physical abuse is occurring, you should strongly consider reaching out to a competent California elder physical abuse lawyer here at Cowdrey & Jenkins LLP at once. Our firm has handled countless elder abuse cases over the years, and we are prepared to effectively handle yours as well. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some examples of elder physical abuse?

Elder physical abuse is typically easy to spot. Any form of hitting, such as kicking, restraining, punching, or pushing an elderly person that isn’t in self-defense is most likely considered an act of physical elder abuse. It’s important to note that acts of elder abuse can occur between a wide array of people, ranging from family members to nurses, doctors to in-home healthcare aides.

How do I know if elder physical abuse is occurring?

The silver lining of elder physical abuse is that in some ways, it is easier to prove than financial or emotional abuse. This is because physical abuse often leaves traces, such as bruises, scratches, broken bones, and more. That said, physical abuse can also lead to other more subtle changes as well, such as personality changes due to being angry or fearful of the abusive individual.

What should I do if I suspect an act of elder abuse?

If you witness an act of elder abuse or you suspect it is occurring, it is your job to report the incident at once. Doing so can make all of the difference. In fact, depending on your situation, you may even be legally obligated to report the incident to the police or the proper authorities. That said, if you suspect elder abuse is occurring, it is also critical that you retain the services of a competent California elder abuse lawyer as soon as you can. Our firm is here to help you through each step of the process going forward.

Contact our experienced California firm

Here at Cowdrey Jenkins, LLP, we have significant experience representing clients through a wide array of elder abuse matters, and we are prepared to assist you as well. No one should have to face the issue of elder abuse on their own. Contact us today to learn more about how we can guide you through each facet of the legal process ahead.