Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Elder Abuse Growing Problem In Lancaster County

According to a recent article, Lancaster County is seeing a significant number of elder abuse allegations.  Police were becoming overwhelmed without official protocol in place to investigate such cases, and have since written explicit elder abuse investigation guidelines for law enforcement to follow.  According to the county Department of Aging, elder abuse allegations have tripled in the past decade; this is reflected in the National Center on Elder Abuse, which estimates that between 1 and 2 million people aged 65 and over are victims of elder abuse each year.  Lancaster County is working now to increase awareness about elder abuse and the steps one needs to take if they or someone else might be a victim of this kind of abuse.

Attorney Doug Stoehr deals with elder abuse in both nursing homes and hospitals. If you suspect that your loved one has been mistreated or neglected by caregivers in a hospital or a nursing home, please contact our law office for a consultation to discuss possible action on your claim.

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