Over 18,000 Reports of North Carolina Elder Abuse and Neglect Made in 2010

May 9, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

According to the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services, the state’s 100 county departments of social services received over 18,000 reports of elderly neglect, abuse, or exploitation last year. Family members, doctors, and community members are among those who submitted their concerns. Elder abuse and neglect are clearly issues that are not going away anytime soon. To raise awareness of North Carolina elder abuse and neglect, the Governor Bev Perdue has declared May 6, 2011 through June 20, 2011 Vulnerable and Elder Abuse Awareness Month.

Research shows that victims of elderly abuse, exploitation, and neglect are three times more likely to die in 10 years than if they weren’t abused. Seeing as over 2 million elderly and vulnerable adults are harmed in these ways each year, these findings are truly disturbing. It doesn’t help that the number of elder abuse incidents are severely underreported.

Throughout the state, our Charlotte, North Carolina nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers have seen the devastating effect abuse, exploitation, and neglect can have on victims and the toll this type of violence can take. The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo LLP represents victims who have been injured, neglected, assaulted, or abused at assisted living facilities and in private homes.

What to do if you suspect elder abuse/neglect:
If you are able to, it is important that you remove your loved one from an abusive situation and keep him/her from any alleged perpetrators. You may need to get your loved one medical help for injuries. You should also speak with a Charlotte, North Carolina elder abuse law firm to explore your legal options.

Because North Carolina is a mandatory reporting state, if you suspect any type of abuse or neglect or exploitation, you must notify your county’s social services department about your suspicions right away. Your name will be kept confidential unless a court order mandates otherwise. You could be saving someone’s life.

North Carolina Observes Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Awareness Month, North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services

Related Web Resources:
National Center on Elder Abuse

Inside Elder Care

Elder Abuse, Medline Plus


More Blog Posts:
Forsyth County-Owned Assisted Living Facility Accused of North Carolina Nursing Home Abuse, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, March 31, 2011

Two People Sustain Burn Injuries in Fire at Charlotte, North Carolina Nursing Home, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, February 12, 2011

North Carolina Nursing Home Negligence: Britthaven of Chapel Hill Sued for Inadequate Care, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, July 10, 2010



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