New Jersey Elder Abuse Attorney
Elder abuse describes the physical, mental, sexual, or financial abuse of an elderly individual, and, tragically, approximately one of every 10 elderly Americans has experienced some form of elder abuse. Roughly 60% of abusers are relatives of the victims. Elderly individuals may face abuse at home, in a nursing home, or an assisted living facility. Some estimates indicate that only one out of every 14 cases of elder abuse receives attention from law enforcement. Most are unreported. The attorneys at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, understand how to handle elder abuse cases; give us a call and a compassionate New Jersey elder abuse attorney will review your claim with you.
Two of the main factors enabling elder abuse are isolation and medical impairment. An elderly person living in a nursing home or an assisted living facility likely doesn’t have family or friends nearby for help if needed. Additionally, our bodies wear down over time, and some elderly individuals suffer from cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, making them easy targets for abusive caregivers.
Types of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse takes many forms, and some of the most common forms that our New Jersey personal injury lawyers have seen include:
- Physical abuse. This can include hitting, slapping, or striking an elderly person, or intentionally being too rough with a frail patient when repositioning or moving him or her.
- Sexual abuse. Any unwanted sexual contact with an elderly person constitutes sexual abuse, but this can also include forcing an elderly patient to view pornographic material, forcing elderly patients to perform sexual acts, or taking sexually explicit photos of elderly patients.
- Emotional abuse. Elderly patients in nursing homes are susceptible to intimidation, threats, ridicule, and psychological abuse at the hands of abusive caregivers. For example, emotional abuse can include prolonged teasing of a patient suffering from dementia or other psychological condition.
- Financial exploitation. Some caregivers will steal money from elderly patients, or even steal their identities for fraudulent credit cards or investments.
- Neglect. Elderly patients in nursing homes and other care facilities require consistent treatment and attention from staff. Neglect can include failure to change a patient’s bedding or clothes or failure to reposition bedridden patients to prevent bed sores. Neglect can also include the willful deprivation of a patient’s medications, food, or other essentials.
- Abandonment. A caregiver must remain with an elderly patient as required. Leaving an elderly person who cannot independently survive alone puts the person’s life in jeopardy.
These are just a few examples of elder abuse. It’s imperative for the friends and family of elderly people in care facilities to carefully check for signs of abuse. If you visit a relative in a nursing home and notice that he or she seems depressed, anxious, irritable, or has inexplicable bruises or other injuries, take these warning signs seriously and investigate them fully. If you suspect a loved one is facing abuse or exploitation, remove him or her from the dangerous situation as quickly as possible and contact the authorities to report the abuse. Your next step should be to contact a reliable Ne Jersey elder abuse attorney to help you file a lawsuit against the abusive party.
Compensation for Victims of Elder Abuse in New Jersey
Elder abuse is a crime, so anyone guilty of abusing an elderly person in any way stands to face criminal prosecution as well as civil action from the victim’s family. Damages in a civil claim for elder abuse can include pain and suffering compensation, medical expense coverage for any illness or injury resulting from the abuse, lost income if the family must miss work to provide care and handle their loved one’s lawsuit, and property damage if the abuser financially exploited the victim.
Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP | Caring New Jersey Elder Abuse Lawyers
At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, we understand the complexities of elder abuse cases and have the experience to hold abusive parties responsible. Contact our team in New Jersey today for a free consultation about your elder abuse claim. We can meet with you wherever and whenever is most convenient to let you know your options and what type of compensation to expect from a lawsuit.