WHAT IS ELDER ABUSE?

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. a New Jersey Elder Abuse Attorney
Elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. The specificity of laws varies from state to state, but broadly defined in New Jersey to be:
Physical Abuse – Inflicting, or threatening to inflict, physical pain or injury on a vulnerable elder, or depriving them of a basic need.
Emotional Abuse – Inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on an elder person through verbal or nonverbal acts.
Sexual Abuse – Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind.
Exploitation – Illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a vulnerable elder.
Neglect – Refusal or failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care or protection for a vulnerable elder.
Abandonment – The desertion of a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person.
Elder abuse can affect people of all ethnic backgrounds and social status and can affect both men and women. See our section on Types of Abuse for more information on the types of elder abuse.
Contact me personally today to discuss your New Jersey elder abuse issue.  I am easy to talk to, very approachable and can offer you practical, legal ways to handle your concerns.  You can reach me toll free at (855) 376-5291 or e-mail me at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com.