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Report: Only 1 in 14 Cases of Elder Abuse Are Reported

June 7th, 2018

In 2017, the State of North Carolina received 27,483 reports of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of elderly persons. Sadly, this estimate may be startlingly low. According to a 2013 report issued by the National Research Council, only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse are ever reported to authorities.

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According to the report, elder abuse typically falls into four categories, including:

  • Physical Abuse: Inflicting physical pain or injury through mistreatment.
  • Emotional Abuse: Making verbal threats, intimidation, or other harassment.
  • Financial Abuse: Intentional taking, withholding, or misuse of an elder’s funds.
  • Physical Neglect: Not attending to an elder’s physical or biological needs.

Shining a Light on Elder Abuse

On May 11th, 2018; North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed a proclamation which designates the period between May 13th, 2018 (Mother’s Day) and June 17th, 2018 (Father’s Day) to be “Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Awareness Month.”

With his declaration, the Governor hopes to enhance the focus placed on one of the state’s most vulnerable populations—and the alarming rate at which our elderly suffer abuse or neglect.

We’ll Fight for Your Loved One

If your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, call the experienced North Carolina nursing home abuse attorneys at Henson Fuerst today at 919-781-1107.

If you are concerned about the treatment your loved one is receiving, contact the legal team at Henson Fuerst today. Call 919-781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form. We have a long history of advocating for the rights of people suffering mistreatment—and will treat your case with respect and compassion.

When you call, you will speak with one of our experienced Raleigh nursing home abuse attorneys. They will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you and fight hard to protect your rights. At Henson Fuerst, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front, and you owe us nothing unless we recover for you.

Call Henson Fuerst, Because Your Case Matters