Seattle Elder Abuse Lawyer
Cases of Elder Abuse in Seattle, WA
Elder abuse is unfortunately a more common problem than many people may be aware of. In their later years of life the elderly can often become reliant on others to care for them. They must put themselves in the hands of another, and those they turn to out of need may not always treat them in the manner they deserve. Elder abuse can come in different forms. It is the intentional action or inaction which results in an injury, neglect, restraint, intimidation or mistreatment of an elderly individual. Estimates state that between one to two million citizens above the age of 65 have faced some form of abuse.
What is considered elder abuse?
Abuse can be done physically, sexually, psychologically or emotionally. A person may lash out against the elderly, causing physical harm that they are unable to defend against. Neglect is also a prevalent issue, when their basic needs are overlooked, including hygiene, medical care, food and more. It may not be an outright act against them, but is the lack of attention they receive. It can even come down to financial exploitation, using their social security or other financial resources for personal gain. When they are unable to take care of these necessities, they are dependent on someone else to do so. When that person fails to it can leave them with an illness that the longer it goes untreated will only continue to worsen.It can occur from friends, family members and in a nursing home by staff that are meant to look after them.
An elder is considered a person that is over the age of sixty and has an inability to take care of themselves, who has a developmental disability, is incapacitated, receives medical care or has been admitted into a facility. Cases of abuse can leave the victim dealing with emotional ramifications that are deep seeded and cause internal scarring. Other times, physical abuse can cause additional health issues to a person that is likely to already be suffering from other ailments. They may suffer catastrophic injuries at the hands of another, or in the worst case situations, a
wrongful death. When a case of abuse is expected, it is important to look into the issue further. Often times those that are suffering are afraid or unable to speak up and many cases go unreported that could have been recognized if others around them were more observant of the signs.
Elder Abuse Attorney Serving Seattle
At our firm, The Law Office of Joanne R. Werner, R.N., a skilled Seattle injury lawyer cares deeply for every client they encounter and looks to provide them relief in these difficult circumstances. They understand how damaging these actions can be and the unfair impact that the victims have to deal with. They look to provide the legal attention each case deserves and have successfully guided many clients through the process. They always put their clients first and consider their goals and desires to be the most important factor in a claim. Personal injury cases are highly emotional and can be trying to take on.
Attorney Joanne R. Werner is an R.N. and understands both the legal and medical aspects of her clients' cases. Her involvement in the medical field has only furthered her desire to see those in need given the aid they deserve. If your loved one has suffered abuse at the hands of another you are already in a situation that is difficult enough. An attorney can come alongside you and offer many valuable resources, as well as the qualified representation to carry you through even the toughest moments of your case. You deserve to be compensated and they will work relentlessly to ensure you are.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, contact a Seattle elder abuse attorney from the firm for compassionate, dedicated representation of a professional.