Elder abuse is vastly underreported in the United States, particularly when this abuse occurs in the nursing home setting or another long-term care facility. In many cases, the elderly are sexually abused. At The Kaufman Law Firm, we are here help if you need a Los Angeles elder abuse attorney after discovering that your loved one has been sexually abused. Our team will conduct a complete investigation into the incident in order to secure any compensation your loved one may be entitled to.
Most news stories about sexual abuse revolve around children or high-profile Hollywood individuals. Unfortunately, the sexual abuse of the elderly is far too common, often goes unnoticed, and is underreported even when it is discovered. This type of behavior is disgusting and must be dealt with both criminally and in civil court.
Elder sexual abuse takes many forms, including the following:
Data indicates that residents with dementia are more likely to be victims of elder sexual abuse because of their impaired communication skills and memory.
Authorities have said that abusers in these scenarios can be any person that has contact with the elderly person. Often, the victims of elder sexual abuse know their abusers, which can include family members, friends, nursing home employees, or volunteers.
There are various signs and symptoms that loved ones should look out for when determining whether or not their loved one has been sexually abused. This can include:
Family members should also look out for various behavioral signs and symptoms that could indicate sexual abuse, including:
If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse in a nursing home, long-term care, or an in-home setting, contact the team at The Kaufman Law Firm today. Our qualified and experienced attorneys pledge to conduct a complete investigation into your case in order to secure any compensation your loved one may be entitled to. This can include:
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