Elder Abuse Cases Triple in Pennsylvania
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Pennsylvania has seen a rise in
elder abuse which has tripled over the years. State officials reported that the volume
of elder abuse calls has tripled and they foresee larger numbers in the
future. The Department of Aging reported that there were shortcomings
in the 30,000 complaints they received last year. The organization is
reacting harder to counties that have not met regulations and mishandling
complaints. The state has evaluated 11 of its counties and scores them
with a rating system that grades green for good; yellow for repetitive
or significant problems; and red for repetitive or significant problems
that could endanger someone. Along with new reporting requirements, some
counties are finding that they need to investigate local facilities that
house seniors. However, many county directors are optimistic that the
changes they have implemented will help improve elder abuse cases.
Elder abuse is on the rise not only in the Unites States but worldwide.
Elder abuse can be defined by several types of abuse which can include:
physical, emotional or sexual abuse, financial exploitation and neglect.
If you have a loved one in a care facility it is important to look for
any signs that abuse may be happening. Physical and sexual abuse can be
visible by scars, bruises, broken bones, and even signs of being restrained.
Poor hygiene, malnutrition and dehydration can be signs of neglect. Financial
exploitation may not be as noticeable as other forms of abuse and harder
to notice. This could range from missing belongings or money from the
resident, large withdrawals from accounts and even being charged for unnecessary
items or services provided by the facility. Always report any suspected
elder abuse and immediately contact an attorney who has a proven track
record with elder abuse cases. Rules and regulations vary in each state
regarding elder care so obtaining an experienced attorney is important
in getting justice for your loved one.
The attorneys at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC are based in St. Louis and
understand the stress that elder abuse can cause. We offer no-obligation
consultations to help determine if you or your loved one has grounds to
pursue legal action for abuse. Our talented team has over a century of
experience with injury cases.
Call today to schedule your free appointment and get the care and compensation
you or your loved one deserves.