Legal Remedies for Vulnerable Adults

Older people and disabled adults are often vulnerable to abuse because of their condition and circumstances, such as the following:

  • They often become physically weaker with age and less able to defend themselves.
  • They often lose physical and mental abilities, including hearing, vision and awareness. Many suffer effects of dementia, Alzheimer's or other cognitive disorders.
  • Their loneliness, isolation and cognitive disability can make them susceptible to abuse or neglect by caregivers, neighbors, salespeople and others with easy access to their homes, their bodies and/or their trust.
  • Their legal relationships such as guardianships, conservatorships and powers of attorney may open the door to exploitation by people who are in positions of trust and authority over the victims.

Elder abuse takes various forms, including:

  • Theft of personal objects such as jewelry or valuables
  • Theft by swindle through scams, fraud or misleading sales pitches
  • Physical harm in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities such as assisted living homes
  • Rough handling which results in unexplained bruises, skin tears, broken glasses and broken bones
  • Sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, sexual assault or similar affronts to personal dignity
  • Emotional abuse, including threats and harassment

What to Do if You or a Close Family Member has Suffered Abuse Through Negligence or Exploitation

If someone has robbed you or your elderly loved one, call the police and file a report. If your mother, father, husband, wife or other close family member has suffered harm while residing in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, report the abuse to supervisors and managers. If you suspect that physical harm has occurred, get medical evaluation and care. Document all reports of injury or loss.

David Bliss advocates for elders, disabled adults and their family members in cases involving abuse, neglect and exploitation, both physical and financial in nature.

Contact a North Dakota Law Firm which works for Justice for Victims of Elder Abuse and Exploitation

To maximize your ability to recover compensation through a personal injury claim or lawsuit, contact a trial lawyer as soon as possible. The attorney you select should have a legal practice that includes a focus in related areas of the law. For a free initial consultation, call 701-516-8116 or send an email inquiry to Bliss Law Firm, LLC, in Bismarck.