Elder abuse is abhorrent. It is a gross violation of the rights of the most vulnerable people in our society. Unfortunately, elder abuse is not uncommon in and around the Philadelphia area. This type of abuse can occur in a number of places, including a person’s home, in assisted living facilities, in hospitals, and other locations. At the Weitz Firm, we are here to help when you need a Philadelphia elder abuse attorney by your side. Our team has experience handling these abuses, and we are ready to investigate your case in order to secure the compensation your loved one is entitled to.

Types of elder abuse and Philadelphia

Data provided by the National Council on Aging shows that approximately one out of every ten Americans over the age of 60 have experienced some type of elder abuse. Estimates show that as many as five million elderly people are abused each year in this country. There are various types of elder abuse that an elderly person may endure, including:

  • Physical abuse: This includes the intentional infliction of physical pain or injury on an older adult.
  • Sexual abuse: This includes any non-consensual sexual activity with an older adult, including touching, fondling, intercourse, etc.
  • Emotional abuse: This includes verbal assaults, harassment, intimidation, or threats of abuse.
  • Financial abuse: This type of abuse refers to misusing or withholding an elderly person’s resources.
  • Neglect: This refers to the willful deprivation of basic necessities for an older adult. This can include shelter, food, therapeutic devices, physical assistance, medical care, etc.

 Perpetrators of elder abuse

There is no one set demographic that makes up the perpetrators of elder abuse in the Philadelphia area. When our attorneys are conducting their investigation, they often discover that perpetrators of this type of abuse are those close to the victim, including:

  • Family members
  • Friends
  • In-home caregivers
  • Employees in nursing homes or other types of long-term care facility
  • Employees at hospitals or other type of medical facility

Very rarely are the perpetrators of elder abuse complete strangers to the victim.

What kind of compensation is available in these cases?

There may be various types of compensation available to victims of elder abuse. While the total amount of compensation will vary depending on the facts related to each specific situation, our attorneys are regularly able to help secure the following:

  • Compensation for any medical expenses caused by the abuse
  • Costs to relocate to a new facility if necessary
  • Compensation for pain and suffering damages
  • Compensation for loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the abuser

Contact our Philadelphia elder abuse attorney today

If you discover that your elderly loved one has been the victim of abuse, speak to an attorney immediately. At the Weitz Firm, our qualified and experienced team is ready to conduct a complete investigation into the allegations of abuse so we can obtain any compensation your loved one is entitled to. We will not hesitate to stand up to the perpetrators of elder abuse to ensure you and your loved ones are treated fairly. When you need a Philadelphia elder abuse attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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