Nursing Home Abuse in Hawaii
It's estimated that between 1 million and 2 million American adults aged 65 and older have been the victim of some type of elder abuse. The abuse can be physical, mental, emotional, sexual and/or financial, and may occur at home, in an assisted-living facility or some other setting. Regardless of the type of abuse or where it occurs, elder abuse is serious and it's a crime. If you or someone you know has been the victim of abuse, contact law enforcement authorities and a Hawaii nursing home abuse attorney immediately.
How a Hawaii Elder Abuse Attorney Can Help You
As soon as you realize that someone is potentially a victim of elder abuse or nursing home abuse, you'll want to take several steps:
- Contact police in the town in which the abuse has occurred
- Contact the Hawaii Long-Term Care Ombudsman, if the abuse occurred in a nursing home
- Hire a local Hawaii elder abuse lawyer
Law enforcement authorities will investigate the allegations, and speak to the victim, suspected abuser and other witnesses. If there's sufficient evidence that a crime has occurred, the abuser will be arrested and charged. He or she then has the opportunity to either plead guilty of a crime or have the case heard in a court of law. If the abuser pleads guilty or is found guilty, he or she faces financial penalties, the loss of professional licenses, probation and even time in jail.
While criminal charges may bring an end to the elder abuse, the victim will not financially benefit from any fines that the abuser pays. Instead, the victim must sue the abuser in civil court to collect money to pay for medical treatment, financial losses, damaged or destroyed property, and pain and suffering.
The civil personal injury lawsuit can be filed regardless of the outcome of the criminal investigation. A Hawaii nursing home abuse lawyer can help you file a lawsuit and obtain the compensation you deserve.
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