Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Elder Abuse Case in Eastern PA

Instances of elder abuse are not uncommon in Pennsylvania, which has a large aging population.  Although most people think of physical violence when they hear the term "elder abuse", the term also actually encompasses financial, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as neglect.  The Bucks County Courier Times recently covered an article highlighting a case of elder abuse in the county.  According to the article, the reports of elder abuse in the area have tripled since 2000.  The PA Secretary of Aging also reported that Pennsylvania seniors were scammed out of $2.5 million in the past year. 

Also noted within the Courier Times article, " In 2011-12, Pennsylvania Area Agencies on Aging received 18,454 reports of abuse, up from 18,129 in 2010-11. A few years ago, in 2006-07, the state reported 11,962 cases of abuse. According to the most recent state data, the three most common types of abuse experienced by older Pennsylvanians are self neglect, 41.7 percent; caregiver neglect, 24.7 percent; and financial abuse, 16.2 percent."

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer who takes nursing home abuse and neglect cases in the western and central Pennsylvania areas.  He takes cases in Blair and the seven surrounding counties, and his practice is based in Altoona, PA.  For more information on his firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.

To access Pennsylvania’s resource page for elder abuse, please click this link.

To read more from the original Bucks County Courier Times article, please click here

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