Elder Abuse Advocacy

Elder Abuse

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Elder abuse and exploitation has reached epidemic proportions across the United States, including in the state of Mississippi. Elder abuse comes in many different forms and is perpetrated in a variety of different settings.

If you suspect a loved one is the victim of elder abuse, you are wise to take a proactive approach to protect that individual's legal rights and interests. In addition to making reports to appropriate authorities, you should also consider the true value of contacting a Mississippi elder law attorney, like a member of the legal team at Courtney Elder Law Associates.

Types of Elder Abuse

As mentioned earlier, elder abuse comes in many forms. Elder abuse can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. Elder abuse may also be in the form of neglect, including self-neglect by an incapacitated older adult. In addition, an elderly individual can be exploited financially.  Such financial exploitation often occurs at the hands of family members or professional caregivers.  One of our elder law attorneys can talk with you about the warning signs and possible remedies for such abuse.

Governmental Agencies that Address Elder Abuse

An elder abuse advocate will advise that at least two governmental agencies can assist when an elderly person is abused. These include the Adult Protective Services, which is part of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. In addition, local law enforcement and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office can also assist in cases of elder abuse.  The Mississippi Vulnerable Persons Act describes the sanctions for abuse, neglect and exploitation and what agency to call in such cases.

Retain an Elder Law Advocate

In addition to contacting state and law enforcement officials, you should consider scheduling an initial consultation with an attorney who provides representation about elder abuse in Mississippi. During an initial consultation, a Mississippi elder law attorney will evaluate the situation at hand. Legal counsel will provide information about possible strategies to address elder abuse and to obtain justice for the victim.

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions during an initial consultation with a Mississippi elder law attorney. Call Courtney Elder Law Associates today for an initial consultation if you suspect elder abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable family member.