Protecting Your Loved Ones From Abuse
Countless senior citizens are abused every year in the United States, and it can take many forms depending on the goals of the abuser and the circumstances surrounding the victim. Some of the most common forms of abuse include:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
Far too often, these victims don’t inform their family or loved ones about their situation for a number of reasons, including fear of appearing too weak to care for themselves, fear of retribution from their abusers if they find out they talked about the damage they caused or medical reasons like Alzheimer’s and dementia that prevent or impair their ability to communicate. It’s important to keep an eye on your loved one and pay close attention to any signs of abuse – depending on their situation, you may need to seek legal assistance to secure the help you need.
Sometimes elder abuse isn’t easy to spot, especially if your elderly loved one’s condition has been slowly deteriorating for a number of years. If you suspect that your family member is being abused by another person, it is your duty to help them in need. Our Tampa elder abuse attorneys at Givens Givens Sparks have more than 135 years of experience handling these types of cases and are ready and waiting to use that knowledge to help protect the rights of your elderly loved one.
Signs Of Abuse
Because your loved one may not directly raise any concerns about their abuse, either because they are afraid to say anything or because they are unable to, it’s important to keep the warning signs in mind so you can act accordingly. Some things to look out for include:
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Displaying symptoms of trauma like muttering to themselves or rocking back and forth
- Acting agitated or violent
- Withdrawing into themselves
- Giving up previously loved activities
- Unexplained bruising, burns and/or scarring
- Unkempt look like unwashed hair and dirty clothes
- Appearance of bed sores and other preventable issues
- Issues sleeping
- Depression or confusion
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Hire A Lawyer You Can Count On
If your elderly loved one was the victim of any form of abuse, it’s in your best interest to speak with a legal professional to discuss your options in securing the protection they need. Our Tampa elder abuse lawyers at Givens Givens Sparks, are committed to working with those in need to provide them with the experienced legal representation they deserve. Send us your information through our online form to start out with a case evaluation, or call us at (813) 518-7941 to discuss your situation with one of our lawyers today.