Physical Elder Abuse Attorney in Charleston, WV
When loved ones stay at a nursing home or in similar circumstances, it is expected that they’ll be able to live peacefully, without fear of physical injury from nursing staff or others. It is for this reason that physical elder abuse is a serious issue, one that should never be tolerated. If you suspect abuse, you need to contact an experienced physical elder abuse attorney in Charleston, WV, as soon as possible.
By calling Charleston attorney Charles M. Love, of the Love Law Firm, you can help protect your loved ones while receiving compensation for the terrors your loved ones had to suffer. Call us today at (304) 344 5683 to help stop physical elder abuse.
Common Types of Physical Elder Abuse
In some cases, your loved one may not want to report abuse due a culture of fear instigated by the abusers. If you notice elder abuse, you should always report it, even if your loved one says that no abuse is happening.
Described as the use of physical force that results in injury, physical elder abuse takes many forms. This can include striking, beating, shoving, slapping, pinching, burning, inappropriate use of drugs and physical restraints, force-feeding, and many others. Some signs to look out for include:
- Bruising, rope marks, lacerations, welts, etc.
- Bone fractures
- Open wounds, cuts, punctures, etc.
- Laboratory findings of medication overdose
- An elder’s offhand comment about being hit
- An elder’s sudden change of behavior
- Caregiver’s refusal to allow visitors to see their elders alone
Reporting Elder Abuse in Charleston, WV
The unfortunate reality of elder abuse in West Virginia is that far too many cases remain unreported, even right here in Charleston. At the Love Law Firm, we believe it’s essential to take action as soon as possible, providing the protection your loved ones deserve while hopefully persuading other abusers of the far-reaching consequences of their physical actions.
Nonetheless, if you suspect physical elder abuse, you can and should report to the following organizations:
- Adult Protective Services (APS)
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
- Local law enforcement, especially if you believe that it is an emergency
Additionally, to help procure a solid case against your loved one’s abusers, it is important to complete the following actions:
- Acquire and organize any piece of information that you can, including any names, any specific types of suspected mistreatments, injuries you believe your loved one suffered, and anything else. Relevant or not, document everything.
- You can then file your report, in person and anonymously, at your local Department of Health and Human Services, or you can call the elder abuse hotline at 1-800-352-6513.
- Also file a report with both the APS and the West Virginia ombudsman program.
Contact Charleston’s Leading Abuse Attorney Today
In addition to following the other steps, getting an attorney is a crucial step in this process. In addition to relentlessly fighting to prove that the abuse occurred, the Love Law Firm can help acquire the compensation you and your loved one deserve for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
To protect your loved ones from this heinous crime, contact Charles M. Love IV of Love Law Firm at (304) 344 5683 for a free consultation.
Contingency fees are available.