What is Elder Abuse?
Much like child abuse, elder abuse is intentional treatment that causes harm and the risk to cause serious harm. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) includes the failure to provide for basic needs and the failure to prevent harm as elder abuse. Connecticut law includes the neglect, exploitation, and abandonment of those citizens aged 60 years and older.
Elders in private homes and those who reside at long term care facilities are at risk. Research by the NCEA shows that those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are at greatest risk. Instances of elder abuse include, but are not limited to:
- Improper or lack of dispensing proper medication dosages
- Failure to maintain proper hygiene
- Financial and material exploitation
- Physical or sexual abuse
Those who are affected by elder abuse are often not able to report it due to their cognitive state. If you suspect your loved is a victim, report the abuse immediately. Like child abuse, the law protects reporters from both criminal and civil retaliation.
If your loved one’s abuse contributed to their loss of life, contact the wrongful death attorneys at McEnery Price Messey & Sullivan. These types of cases are extremely emotional and complex. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable attorneys can help you navigate your claim.
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