Berkowitz and Hanna LLC specializes in handling elder abuse cases and knows that, unfortunately, instances of abuse of the elderly occur far more often than the public realizes. It’s estimated that six million of these cases happen each year. They can be missed or completely overlooked or even go unreported.

Therefore, it’s important to know how to recognize the signs of elder abuse. In Public Safety has published a noteworthy article on this topic. Though it is geared toward educating law enforcement personnel, the article’s tips can also be used by anyone, particularly families.

Elder abuse can take on many forms, not just physical but also emotional. Examples of elder abuse can include neglect, abandonment, or financial exploitation. In some instances, especially when the victim is dependent on the perpetrator for his or her care, such as in a nursing home, he or she may be afraid or unable to tell someone else what’s happening.

Berkowitz and Hanna LLC has some recommendations. First, visit your friend or loved one often, and at different times, to check in on them so that caretakers can’t be “prepared” for your arrival. Also, pay attention to the elderly person’s living conditions and his or her level of personal comfort.

If elder abuse is suspected, contact an elder abuse lawyer such as the attorneys at Berkowitz and Hanna LLC immediately.

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