Definition of Elder Abuse
In Texas law, “elder abuse” is a broadly-defined term that includes physical, emotional, or sexual mistreatment of the elderly; including, but not limited to: neglect, abandonment, or exploitation for financial gain. Elder abuse can happen in many different ways, but it should never be tolerated or excused. Depending on the specifics of the case, justice may be pursued through the civil or even the criminal court system. If someone you love has been the victim of elder abuse – or if you yourself are the victim – seek advice at once from an attorney. You may be able to file a personal injury claim and receive monetary compensation for the injury and suffering you or your loved one has endured. An experienced attorney with the Aqrawi & Nguyen Law Firm, PLLC, can help you choose the best course of action.
Where It Happens
Elder abuse usually happens in either the victim’s own home, a caregiver’s home, or in a nursing home or other healthcare facility. Often, the perpetrator of elder abuse is a family member or another known and trusted people. Abusers typically prey on elderly victims who are confused or actually suffering from dementia; while in other cases, victims are directly threatened or intimidated. Theft or other instances of financial exploitation may go undiscovered for months or even longer. Abusers can be sued if they fail to provide adequate care, commit financial fraud, or inflict any kind of physical, psychological, or verbal harm or abuse on an elderly person in Texas. The Aqrawi & Nguyen Injury Law Firm, PLLC, advocates on behalf of the elderly and their families in elder abuse cases. The abuse of the elderly is never acceptable under any circumstances.
You Must Report Elder Abuse
Elder abuse must be reported in Texas and there are penalties if it is not. The state of Texas has the legal authority to investigate the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elderly or disabled person and to provide protective services for that person. It is important to call an experienced attorney as soon as you are aware of elder abuse. Immediately contact the Aqrawi & Nguyen Injury Law Firm, PLLC, in Houston at 1-844-529-2121 and speak with a lawyer who can help you stop the abuse as quickly as possible.