Estimates vary, but it is generally believed that four to six percent of seniors are victims of abuse. The damages resulting from abuse can be devastating and include the loss of the victim’s life savings, home, independence, health, security and personal dignity. Victims of elder abuse have been shown to have shorter life expectancies than seniors who have not been abused. Tragically, abusers of the elderly are often members of the victim’s own family or a trusted caregiver.
If you are a victim of elder abuse, or suspect that someone you care about is being abused, our attorneys can put an end to it and obtain compensation for damages.
Elder abuse is defined as any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an elderly person. It is typically divided into the following categories:
- Financial Abuse—the illegal or improper use of an elderly person’s property, funds or other resources
- Physical Abuse—the use of force resulting in bodily injury, pain, or impairment.
- Sexual Abuse—non-consensual sexual contact of any type with an elderly person
- Domestic Violence—violent behavior by an intimate partner to exercise control and power
- Psychological Abuse—willfully inflicting emotional or mental anguish through humiliation, threat or other forms of abusive verbal or nonverbal conduct
- Neglect—the failure of a caregiver to fulfill his or her responsibilities to provide adequate care
The Livingston and Macomb County elder abuse attorneys at Matecun, Thomas & Olson, PLC are committed to helping the victims of elder abuse and obtaining compensation for their financial losses, pain and suffering. Contact us today to discuss your situation or that of a loved one. Your consultation with us is free and we won’t charge a fee unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.