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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Common Signs of Elder Abuse, from a Personal Injury Attorney in Stockbridge, Georgia

There may come a time in your parents' life when they need professional care to stay healthy and safe. When making this decision, you want to be sure that your loved ones receive the respect and quality care they deserve.

However, even though families go the extra mile to insure the best care for their parents, through research, conducting site visits to nursing home facilities and interviewing caregivers, there are still times when those loved ones may show signs of elder abuse and neglect. In fact, it is estimated that over 2 million seniors are the victims of some form of abuse or neglect annually in the United States at the hands of those responsible for their care.

While physical abuse is the most common type of elder abuse, seniors also suffer from emotional abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

Here are common signs of elder abuse that you can watch for when visiting your loved one:

  • Physical Abuse: bruising, untreated wounds, sprains, broken bones or a sudden change in behavior of the elder

  • Emotional or psychological abuse: agitation, depression, being withdrawn or an extreme willingness to please.

  • Neglect: weight loss, extreme thirst, untreated bedsores or other health conditions and unsanitary living conditions.

  • Financial exploitation: unexplained modifications in a will, fear or confusion when discussing finances, forgery, sudden changes in bank accounts, stealing or improper use of a power of attorney, guardianship or conservatorship

If you suspect your loved one is the victim of abuse or neglect you should immediately consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you understand the legal rights of you and the person being abused.

Laws and regulations of nursing homes are complex and vary by state, so it is important to select a personal injury attorney who practices within your state and is knowledgeable about the many issues - medical, social, financial, and legal - that affect your loved one and your family.

For a free consultation regarding nursing home abuse, or for more information on this topic, contact Andrew Gebhardt at agebhardt@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864. Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. Our team of attorneys routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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