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What you need to know about elder abuse

elder abuseElder abuse may be charged when someone creates (or fails to act against) risk or physical harm to a person who is 60 years or older. About two-thirds of those who cause such abuse are family members of the elder. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), this nationwide and growing concern stems from economic problems as well as the physical and mental states of both the elder and the abuser.

The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services describes abuse to the elderly as:

Other listed forms of elderly abuse include:

If you have been a witness to any abuse of the elderly or have reason to believe that an elder is being treated in a deliberate or reckless manner that causes abuse or fright or neglect, report the suspected problem. Every county in Wisconsin has a specific agency for care and abuse of adults. In addition, if you are involved in any way with possible elder abuse, contact Wisconsin Personal injury attorneys, McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel, S.C.

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