Financial abuse of the elderly is often undetected until well after the crime has been committed, and it is much more widespread than many people believe because many thefts go unreported.
Bowling Green, KY (PRWEB) December 03, 2011
Bowling Green nursing home abuse and neglect attorney Lee Coleman said today that he applauds the University of Kentucky for holding a conference last month that was aimed at calling attention to the problem of financial theft and fraud targeting senior citizens.
“As leaders at UK and elsewhere have recognized, the issue of elder financial abuse is a growing problem in need of more public awareness,” said Coleman of Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, a Kentucky personal injury law firm that focuses on protecting the rights and interests of nursing home abuse and neglect victims.
“Particularly in nursing homes, where residents can be more isolated from family and other support, senior citizens are often vulnerable to predators bent on committing theft or fraud,” Coleman said.
In November, the University of Kentucky Justice Center for Elders and Vulnerable Adults held an elder abuse conference titled “Broken Trust: Elder Financial Abuse.”
Pamela Teaster, director of the center, told Kentucky Forward that a 2011 MetLife study, which the center contributed to, found that financial elder abuse in the U.S. costs victims $2.9 billion annually.
“Through our work, we have seen seniors in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities victimized by financial abuse perpetrated by their direct caregivers and even by administrators of the nursing homes,” said Kentucky elder abuse and neglect lawyer and Hughes & Coleman partner J. Marshall Hughes.
Hughes & Coleman, with offices in Bowling Green, Lexington, Elizabethtown and Louisville, has investigated negligent and intentional misconduct at nursing homes and similar skilled-care facilities throughout Kentucky and obtained compensation for victims and their families through personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
“Financial abuse of the elderly is often undetected until well after the crime has been committed, and it is much more widespread than many people believe because many thefts go unreported,” Hughes said.
Anyone who suspects they or an elderly loved one has been a victim of theft, fraud or other elder financial abuse should seek the help of an experienced Kentucky nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer, Coleman said.
“Certain types of fraud perpetrated against the elderly can be complicated and hard to expose without knowledge of various programs for the elderly, such as Medicare and Medicaid,” the veteran attorney said. “We take seriously the duty society has to protect our elders from those who would neglect or abuse them.”
About Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers
Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, with Kentucky offices in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Lexington and Louisville, is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of nursing home abuse and neglect victims, as well as the families who care deeply about their elderly loved ones.
Partners J. Marshall Hughes and Lee Coleman are accomplished injury attorneys and advocates for people who have suffered from nursing home neglect and abuse, as well as auto accidents, brain injury, drug injury, defective products, environmental dangers, fire and burn injury, insurance disputes, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, Social Security disability, stock fraud, truck accident injury, workers’ compensation and wrongful death.
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