Taking Legal Action With Elder Abuse

elderly abuse lawyer bozemanAbuse of the elderly is too common. Whether the abuse is physical, verbal, financial or emotional, the impact is traumatic on the individual and their loved ones. An estimated 1 of every 10 elderly adults suffer some type of abuse – and many, many more cases go completely unreported. Because so many cases do not get reported to the authorities, it is likely that this number is much higher. Toutlotte Law Firm in Bozeman is committed to providing the best legal help to those who want to take action against abusers of the elderly. 

Do you suspect that your loved one is being abused?

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused, you may be noticing particular signs. Being able to recognize elderly abuse is the first step in protecting the people you care for. You may be noticing that your loved one

  • Has become withdrawn and acts scared or nervous
  • Has had recent changes in personality and character that are unexplainable
  • Has lost his/her appetite or is experiencing weight loss
  • Has bed sores
  • Appears dirty or as if hygiene is being neglected
  • Has repeated, unexplained and/or bizarre injuries likes cuts, bruises, sprains and broken bones
  • Is suddenly depressed or anxious

Some signs of abuse are much more subtle and harder to see at the surface level. Elderly abuse happens in many different forms that aren’t noticeable. Hitting, kicking, scratching and shoving elderly people is a form of abuse, yelling and belittling, overmedicating, withholding food, water, or bathroom facilities are common methods of abuse as well. The elderly can also be tricked or forced into signing legal documents, making changes to legal documents, or have their signatures forged. 

These are just some of the many different ways that the elderly are abused, taken advantage of and neglected. When elderly abuse is suspected, try talking to your loved ones and see if you can get them to open up. They are probably too afraid to speak up so reassure them that you are worried about their safety and want to make sure that they are being cared for in a safe and protected environment. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your loved one’s doctor for a professional opinion and assessment.  

Because the number of aging adults has been on the rise, elderly abuse cases are expected to rise with it. Take this information and pay close attention to your loved one when visiting – whether through an online visit, or in person.  If you suspect elder abuse, you can always contact the professional elderly abuse lawyers at Tourtlotte Law Firm in Bozeman, MT to help you understand your rights and the rights of your loved ones. Our experts are experienced in Elder Abuse/Negligence cases and can help you when you need it the most.

If you are worried about the immediate danger that your loved one may be in, contact Adult Protective Services. You do not have to worry about providing proof or evidence of abuse to contact protective services for an evaluation. Immediate legal consultation regarding the abuse or neglect of your elderly loved one can happen at t Tourtlotte Law Firm.