World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Jun 15, 2015 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights
Today, June 15, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), a day set aside each year as a call to action for individuals, organizations and communities to raise awareness about neglect, abuse and exploitation of elders.
The offices of PKSD proudly support this important day. We continually strive to defend the rights of our elders and try to ensure that they are well taken care of and respected in the way that everyone deserves.
Unfortunately, elder abuse, especially in nursing homes, is an all too common problem that continues to grow and still remains underreported.
If you or someone you love has experienced any type of elder abuse or neglect while in a nursing home, contact our experienced team of nursing home abuse lawyers at 877-877-2228 to discuss your legal rights.
WEAAD was established in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action, which acknowledges elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.
Each year an estimated 5 million, or one in 10, older Americans fall victim to elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. Furthermore many experts believe that for every case of elder abuse that is reported, there are as many as 23.5 cases that go unreported.
Abuse and neglect come in many shapes and forms and should be reported immediately. Common types of abuse include:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Financial exploitation
- Neglect by a caregiver or self-neglect
Understanding the signs of abuse and neglect can help protect your loved ones. If you identify any of these signs, contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at PKSD for a free, no obligation consultation.
We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and that victims of abuse or neglect should receive full compensation for their injuries and suffering.