Potential clues that an elderly person is being abused

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2022 | Medical Malpractice Articles

Ohio law prohibits many different forms of elder abuse. However, it may be difficult to tell if an older friend or family member is being taken advantage of in some way. Fortunately, there are clues that may help you determine that someone is being abused, which may allow you to intervene on their behalf.

Common signs of physical or mental abuse

Elderly individuals who are being physically abused may have bruises, welts or other marks throughout their bodies. They may also have sores that form because they haven’t been allowed to move for several hours or days at a time. Those who are being emotionally abused may be withdrawn, irritable or will otherwise appear to be unhappy while in the presence of other people.

Common signs of financial abuse

An individual may be a victim of nursing home neglect even if no one touches that person inappropriately. For example, a resident who is forced to give money to a caregiver may be a victim of financial abuse. If you notice unusual withdrawals from a bank account owned by your friend or loved one, this may be a clue that something is amiss. Frequent trips to a bank or frequent requests for money from a potential victim may also be worth investigating.

Elder abuse may have a profound impact on victims and their family members. If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, it may be worthwhile to talk to authorities about ways to prevent future harm. You may also be entitled to compensation from those engaging in inappropriate behavior. A financial award may make it possible to put your loved in a better care facility or help reimburse any losses that you or a victim incurred because of a defendant’s unlawful actions.