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Many cases of abuse involve vulnerable individuals who suffer harm at the hands of those meant to protect them. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect continue to occur at places where society’s most vulnerable members go to be cared for.

Types of Abuse and Neglect

Sadly, some caregivers of the vulnerable abuse and neglect people under their care. In every case, these types of abuse and neglect are unjustifiable and are cause for legal action.

Elderly Abuse

The elderly are particularly vulnerable to suffering poor treatment at the hands of caregivers. Common types of elder abuse include:

  • Isolation
  • Humiliation
  • Intimidation
  • Verbal abuse
  • Harassment
  • Threats
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse or coercion
  • Exploitation
  • Financial abuse

Physical abuse is only one way that a person can abuse an elder. Often, money is involved in these types of abusive situations. Elders may be lied to or misled, and abusers profit as a result.

Nursing Home Abuse

Abuse is not uncommon in nursing homes. Nursing home abuse frequently comes in the form of neglect, which occurs when a person does not receive the care that he or she should from a person or entity charged with caring for him or her. Common manifestations of nursing home abuse and neglect include: 

  • Failure to provide adequate food and water
  • Failure to maintain a resident’s personal hygiene
  • Failure to provide proper medical treatment
  • Physical violence
  • Unreasonable restraint, both physical and chemical
  • Financial abuse or exploitation
  • Stealing

In some cases, nursing home abuse may come from other residents. When that happens, it is the responsibility of the nursing home to intervene.

Daycare Neglect and Abuse

Sadly, some daycare facilities are dangerous places for children. If you notice any of the following signs, your child may be experiencing daycare abuse or neglect:

  • Unexplained bruises, scratches or other injuries
  • Behavioral changes
  • Unusual hunger or thirst
  • Soiled diapers and dirty clothes
  • Nightmares
  • Fear of daycare staff
  • Behavioral regression

Your child may also start showing interest in sexual matters or topics if he or she is experiencing sexual abuse or contact.

Liability for Abuse and Neglect

Loved ones of those experiencing abuse or neglect can hold abusers accountable by filing a personal injury claim for compensation or a lawsuit. Through legal action, a party can recover damages for the losses suffered due to the abuse and neglect, including:

  • Medical costs associated with the abuse
  • Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

The abuser may also face punitive damages if he or she were grossly negligent or acted willfully or maliciously.

Contact DLL Law, a firm that is ready to fight for you and your loved one. We offer free initial consultations and are ready to explore your options.


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