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Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse

It is a sad fact that our beloved parents, grandparents and other family members could be subject to neglect and abuse while receiving care either in assisted living facilities, hospitals or even in their own homes. In our state, more than 12,000 cases of adult abuse are investigated by the Department of Human Services every year.

If you suspect that your loved one is being hurt, abused or otherwise neglected, it is extremely important that you take action. You should always call 911 if the danger is imminent. If you suspect abuse, you can also reach out to the Department of Human Services office in your area.

Some signs to look for that might indicate that your loved one is the victim of abuse or neglect include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Burns or burn marks
  • Unexplained wounds or bruises
  • Unusual or unexplained accidental injuries
  • Untreated sores, rashes or wounds
  • Dirty clothing
  • Dirty bedding
  • Poor hygiene
  • Dehydration

In addition, if your loved one seems unusually fearful, withdrawn, non-responsive or upset, these could be warning signs of abuse or neglect.

At the firm, we have successfully taken on cases of abuse and neglect. It is the ultimate betrayal when an elderly individual is victimized by a caregiver. We understand the difficult and emotional nature of such cases and we will work tirelessly to help you and your family get the justice that they deserve.

If you are in need of a Portland elder abuse attorney, contact us today to discuss the specifics of your case. We are here to help.