Fighting Elder Abuse in North Carolina
Elder abuse is a serious issue in every state. At The Elderlaw Firm, we’re dedicated to fighting for justice for elders and family members that have had to deal with the trauma of elder abuse. If you believe a loved one is suffering from elder abuse, reporting it is the first step. As a full service law firm that caters to elders, we’re here to help. After following the instructions in this article, you can contact us to begin work on a case for those you love. Additionally, you can take a look at our frequently asked questions page to better understand the process and legal action you’re entitled to for situation like elder abuse.
Under North Carolina law, disabled adults of any age are to be protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The law states that “any person having reasonable cause to believe that a disabled adult is in need of protective services shall report such information.”
The areas defined under North Carolina law are:
- Bruises, burns, cuts, scratches
- Sprains, fractures, dislocations, malnutrition
- Untreated medical condition(s)
- Unsafe or unsanitary housing
- Mental anguish and distress
- Mistrust towards others
- Unpaid utility and other bills
- Mismanaged property or savings
- Sudden change in will or power of attorney
- Unable to provide needed care
Financial exploitation is extremely high as well. The State Attorney General’s office has a Senior Consumer Fraud Task Force, with listings at its website for the multitude of scams targeting seniors and their savings. This information can be found at the State Attorney General’s Website at www.ncdoj.gov.