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New Report Finds Elder Abuse More Common Than Thought: Impact In Sc

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New Report Finds Elder Abuse More Common Than Thought: Impact In Sc

Elder abuse is reported in up to 10 percent of lucid elderly adults and up to half of those who suffer from dementia.

An article in Reuters recently discussed a report on elder abuse. Researchers found 10 percent of lucid older adults face elder abuse while up to half of those who suffer from dementia experience abuse. Researchers with the study further note that although cognitive impairment appears to be strongly linked to an increased risk of suffering from instances of elder abuse, those who suffer from physical impairments, psychological distress or social isolation are also at an increased risk compared to healthy, lucid, older adults.

The piece in Reuters encourages individuals to proactively prepare for future needs while young to reduce their risk of becoming a victim of elder abuse in the future. This can include preparing a living will and power of attorney documents.

Unfortunately, even when these steps are taken loved ones can find themselves in abusive situations. Victims of these abuses can hold the guilty accountable for their actions. Both criminal and civil remedies are available.

Criminal charges and penalties.

Elder abuse is not just immoral, it is against the law. There are a variety of criminal penalties associated with elder abuse. In South Carolina, penalties can include:

Civil Remedies.

Civil remedies include monetary awards to compensate the victim for the costs of medical care and rehabilitation associated with any injuries from the abuse, any pain and anguish experienced as a result of the abuse, and any similar losses and harm that may be experienced in the future by the victim as result of the abuse. Punitive damages may also be awarded in some cases. Punitive damages are those awarded to the victim and designed to serve as an additional punishment against the guilty party.

Those who are the victims of elder abuse, or their loved ones, are wise to contact an experienced elder negligence lawyer to discuss the case. This legal professional will advocate for your rights, working to better ensure a more favorable outcome.