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May is Elder Abuse Awareness and Elder Law Awareness Month

The question of which was established first — Elder Abuse Awareness Month or Elder Law Awareness Month — is a good one. It is probably no coincidence that both fall in the same month, the month of May, as the two are necessarily intertwined. Though we like to imagine that when people reach a certain age, they are treated with an appropriate level of dignity and respect, this is not necessarily the case. It is equally necessary for us to be aware of the existence of elder abuse and of the solutions that are available when we become aware that it is happening. The attorneys at Perkins Law know that they can’t prevent elder abuse from happening, but they are committed to ensuring that those who are the victims of these indignities and outrages get the justice that they deserve.

Elder abuse is defined as any form of mistreatment of an older person that results in them suffering harm or loss. It can take may shapes, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological or financial abuse, or neglect.  As shameful as it may seem, it is estimated that roughly 5 percent of America’s elderly population are victimized in this way, and the results can be devastating. Those who have been abused have far shorter life expectancy then their peers who have not. Though elder abuse can occur in a domestic setting, the majority of incidents take place in facilities such as nursing homes or long-term care facilities that have been entrusted with their care.

Elder law is an area of practice that addresses issues of particular interest to people as they age. The primary focus is on estate planning, Medicaid and disability, and guardianship, conservatorship and other fiduciary issues. Unfortunately, as elder abuse has become a more prevalent issue, it has become a sad but necessary for elder law attorneys to be available to provide legal protection and advocacy, and the attorneys at Perkins Law take this responsibility very seriously. As nursing home abuse attorneys, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of the most vulnerable among us, so if you believe that your loved one has been the victim of any time of abuse, whether at the hands of a caregiver in their home or in a facility that you have entrusted with their care, contact us right away for immediate assistance.

It is difficult to comprehend what drives a person to inflict abuse upon an elderly person, and especially one whose well-being they are responsible for, but as elder law attorneys, the law firm of Perkins Law is focused on making sure that those who have been victimized are kept safe and that they get the compensation that they need and deserve. During elder law awareness month and all year long, if you suspect that someone you love has been the victim of elder abuse in Connecticut, contact Perkins Law today to get immediate and consequential action.