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Criminal Case Types – Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse/neglect

Elder abuse or neglect cases are often civil in nature, but occasionally they come to us with criminal charges as well. If the case involves a nursing home it is typically related to pressure ulcers and failure to turn the patient to prevent these wounds. More often in criminal cases, elder abuse is from residences where a family member or live-in caregiver is charged with abuse or neglect. We can help sort through the medical records in these cases and determine how/if the medical conditions of the victim contributed to their condition. In neglect and wasting, the victim may have conditions that prevent them from eating or absorbing nutrients. In abuse, there are many conditions and medications that cause the elderly to bruise or fracture easily. We can asses skin integrity to determine susceptibility to skin tears as well.