Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse

Senior citizens are vulnerable to all forms of elder abuse, including sexual abuse. Often frail and cognitively impaired, many older people must depend on others for their care. As a result, they are easy prey for abusers. Perpetrators of elder abuse can include nursing home staff, other residents, and family members (including spouses). Residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities are especially vulnerable to elder abuse, especially those that are understaffed and poorly run. Facilities and social service agencies that care for seniors have a duty to thoroughly screen staff for past criminal activity and provide an environment free of elder abuse. When a vulnerable older person is victimized by a predator, the responsible facility or agency can be held liable for the harm done.

At Alonso Krangle, LLP, protecting our elderly is one of our most important priorities. Our elder abuse lawyers are dedicated to ensuring that senior citizens are able to maintain their dignity, and work aggressively to hold the operators of nursing homes and long-term care facilities accountable whenever elder abuse occurs. The knowledge that older person you care about was victimized by a predator at a nursing home or long-term care facility is overwhelming. Filing an elder abuse lawsuit is probably the last thing on your mind, but your loved one is entitled to damages for the physical and emotional pain that has been inflicted on them. If you are considering filing an elder abuse lawsuit on their behalf, you can be assured that the elder abuse lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP will be at your side every step of the way, until justice is achieved.

Sexual Abuse of the Elderly

Sexual elder abuse is contact with an elderly person without their consent. Such contact can involve physical sex acts, but activities such as showing an elderly person pornographic material, forcing the person to watch sex acts, or forcing the elder to undress are also considered sexual elder abuse. It’s hard to believe any of these things could occur at a busy nursing home or long-term care facility, but many of these facilities are so understaffed that predators can go undetected for months or even years.

In most states, long-term care facilities and social service agencies that care for the elderly are supposed to screen employees for past criminal misconduct. But according to results of a survey released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2011, 92% of nursing facilities employed at least one individual with a criminal conviction. However, predators hiding among nursing home staff are not the only threat facing the elderly. A study released by the General Accountable Office in 2006 found that about 3% of nursing homes housed at least one resident who was a registered sex offender.

As our elders become more physically frail, they’re less able to stand up to bullying, or fight back if attacked. In many cases, when a senior is victimized by a predator, they may be too frightened or ashamed to tell anyone. In other cases, dementia or cognitive impairments may prevent them from reporting elder abuse. Because it can be so difficult for an older person to report elder abuse, it is important that their family members and other loved ones recognize signs of sexual abuse. Some of these include:

  • Bruises around the breast or genital area
  • Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections
  • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
  • Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
  • Withdrawn from family and friends
  • Appears frightened by opposite gender

If you suspect that someone you love is the victim of elder abuse, including sexual abuse, immediately make a report to the agency responsible for protecting the elderly in your state. If you believe the individual is in immediate danger, call 911. Once your loved one is safe, contact the elder abuse attorneys at Alonso Krangle, LLP to discuss your legal options.

Help for Victims of Elder Sexual Abuse

Alonso Krangle, LLP offers free, no obligation lawsuit consultations to victims of elder sexual abuse. If an older person you care about was the victim of elder abuse, and you want to discuss your legal rights or just talk with someone about what happened, please contact us today by calling 800-403-6191.