Elder Abuse and Military Veterans

| Jul 16, 2014 | Elder Abuse |

Our veterans have been through so much for our country, you would think they would be honored and celebrated by every single U.S. citizen. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Many companies and individuals target elderly veterans for abuse and scams, rather than celebration.

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There are several ways in which our elders are abused on a daily basis. Let’s take a look at just a few:

Physical Abuse

Abuse that results in physical pain, bodily injury, or impairment is known as physical abuse. Hitting, pushing, slapping, pinching, and other physical acts are just some of the ways in which a caregiver can physically abuse an elderly patient, but there are other ways, as well.

In some cases of physical abuse, the elderly patient is under or over-medicated, resulting in physical pain or impairment.

Financial Scams

Financial swindles and scams are some of the most common types of elder abuse. Telemarketing, investment and insurance scams cheat elders out of millions of dollars, often leaving them destitute and homeless. This is especially sad to think about when you consider how many homeless elders are U.S. Military veterans.

Neglect

In some cases, a caretaker, doctor, or nurse can neglect an elder in different ways. Neglect typically refers to the refusing or failing to provide the patient with life’s most basic necessities, like food, water, personal hygiene, medicine, and more.

If you are looking for resources for dealing with elder abuse, see this site loaded with information for you.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of elder abuse, do not hesitate to contact our offices today. Brayton Purcell, LLP has over 30 years of experience advocating for the rights of our elders and veterans, with many successes in the courtroom.


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