As San Diego elder abuse attorneys, we are concerned by the rate at which
elder abuse is growing in San Diego and across the country. According
to a new study published in
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the problem is likely much more common than people think.
As highlighted by the study authors, an estimated 10 percent of U.S. older
adults have experienced some form of elder abuse. Yet only small percentage
of the abuse is ever reported. In many cases, seniors are either too afraid
to report the abuse for fear of retaliation or embarrassment or simply
do not know that they are being abused.
“Elder abuse is a common, identifiable, fatal and costly condition
that occurs across sociodemographic and socioeconomic strata around the
world,” lead study author Dr. Xin Qi Dong, a researcher in aging
at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago,
Elder abuse can take a variety of forms, ranging from physical or sexual
mistreatment to neglect. In addition, all seniors are vulnerable. While
cognitive impairment is most strongly associated with a risk of being
abused, the researchers found that elder use is also prevalent among elderly
people with impaired physical function and those suffering psychological
distress or social isolation.
Based on their findings, the researchers highlight that doctors and other
healthcare workers are often in the best position to spot abuse. “Doctors
or social workers need to ask the patient when they are alone, and if
there is any suspicion at all a home visit should be arranged,”
If your loved one has unexplained injuries, bed sores, or any other warning
signs, and you are suspicious of elder abuse or nursing home negligence,
you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit, including a wrongful
death law suit if the elder abuse has led to death. You can find more
information about the signs of elder abuse
If you or someone you love has fallen victim to elder abuse or nursing
home negligence, don’t hesitate to
contacta San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.