Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Mar 08, 2011 in Nursing Home Abuse
Elder abuse is a growing problem in Arizona and in the rest of the United States, and perhaps the worst aspect of this real problem is the fact that for the most part, it's a silent problem. Older people who are being abused are often times unable to bring attention to the situation, and many other older people who suffer from abusers simply do not come forward because of fear and/or embarrassment. While the specifics of the situation are unfortunate, it could turn out to be the positive impetus that leads those who need it to seek the help of Arizona elder abuse lawyers now that Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney has spoken out in regards to his own horrifying experience.
Mr. Rooney, who has been a known Hollywood name since he was a child, spoke to the United States Congress last week regarding the issue of elder abuse after having suffered through this treatment, allegedly at the hands of his stepson, although Mr. Rooney's wife and stepson deny these allegations. Mr. Rooney told the legislators about his experiences that included being denied food and medicine and having his Oscar sold for cash. Mr. Rooney decided to speak publicly in regards to this situation because he wanted to bring awareness to the issue.
Elder abuse is a problem that does undetected by many people, but most experts agree that the situation is likely to get worse in Arizona and around the United States before it gets better. That's because the population of the United States is aging collectively, and this aging process is placing a growing strain on meeting the growing demand for beds, facilities and ongoing care for older Americans. As a result, mistakes will occur with the hiring of staff and problems regarding Arizona elder abuse will slip through the cracks.
The bottom line is that elder abuse is a crime in Arizona, and it can also be met with Arizona personal injury lawsuits that are intended to hold both the abusers and their employers accountable for the harm they have done. These situations can and should be met with both of the available arms of the law, as now is an important time to make it clear to those who tend to abuse the people who depend on them that they will pay a heavy price for this type of conduct if they engage in it.
If you suspect that someone you love is being abused, you need to trust your instincts. Start by contacting the Phoenix personal injury attorneys at the Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation. If the firm feels that enforcement officials should be involved, they will help you take that step. Contact the firm today to make sure your loved one is protected.
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