Definition of Elder Abuse

In Texas law, “elder abuse” is a broadly-defined term that includes physical, emotional, or sexual mistreatment of the elderly, neglect or abandonment, and exploitation for financial gain. Elder abuse can happen in many different ways, but it should never be tolerated or excused. Depending on the specifics of the case, justice may be pursued through the civil and/or the criminal court system. If someone you love has been the victim of elder abuse – or if you are the victim – seek advice at once from an experienced Dallas elder abuse attorney. You may be able to file a personal injury claim and receive monetary compensation for the injury and suffering you or your loved one has endured. An experienced Dallas attorney with the Weaver Injury Law Firm can help you choose the best course of action.

Where It Happens

Elder abuse usually happens in the victim’s own home, in a caregiver’s home, or in a nursing home or other healthcare facility. Often, the perpetrator of elder abuse is a family member or someone else who’s known and trusted. Abusers typically prey on elderly victims who are confused or actually suffering dementia; in other cases, victims are directly threatened or intimidated. Theft or other instances of financial exploitation may go undiscovered for weeks, months, or longer. Abusers can be sued if they fail to provide adequate care, commit financial fraud, or inflict any kind of physical, psychological, or verbal harm or abuse on an elderly person in Texas. The Weaver Injury Law Firm advocates aggressively on behalf of the elderly and their families in elder abuse cases. The abuse of the elderly is never acceptable under any circumstances.

You Must Report Elder Abuse

Elder abuse must be reported in Texas and there are penalties if it is not. The state of Texas has the legal authority to investigate the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elderly or disabled person and to provide protective services to that person. It is imperative to call an experienced Dallas elder abuse attorney as soon as you are aware of elder abuse. Immediately contact the Weaver Injury Law Firm in Dallas at 214-238-9000 and speak with a lawyer who can help you stop the abuse as quickly as possible.