The Action on Elder Abuse charity defined abuse of the elderly as far back as 1993. This definition has since been adopted by the World Health Organisation as:
“A single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.”
At the heart of this definition is the 'expectation of trust' that an older person may rightly establish with another person. Unfortunately for some this is violated. It's estimated that the amount of elderly people that will suffer abuse in 2020 will be at least 450,000. Abuse is categorised into five types: physical, psychological, financial, sexual abuse and neglect.
Statistics show that the abuser is often well known to the person being abused, with over half of the abusers living with the person at the time. This may be a partner, child or relative.
We have an Elder Abuse & Neglect Team of specialists who have many years' experience helping clients across a range of elderly abuse claims. From the initial consultation, through to completing the legal paperwork and negotiating your claim, we're on your side every step of the way.
If you've been affected by elderly abuse then you may be eligible to claim. Contact us now and we'll listen to you, assess your claim for free and advise you on the next steps to gaining the compensation to which you're entitled.