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South Carolina law states that elder abuse is any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an older person. It is generally divided into five categories:
No one knows for sure. Elder abuse is often referred to as a “silent problem” because so many incidents go unreported, because the older person is either afraid to say something or is incapable of doing so. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that 1 in 10 older individuals are victims of abuse or neglect, but only 1 in 5 or fewer cases are reported. The abuse could take place anywhere – in a nursing home, private home or in any other setting.
South Carolina law states that anyone who suspects that a vulnerable adult is being or has been abused, neglected, or exploited should report it. A person who reports the alleged abuse and acts in good faith is immune from criminal or civil prosecution and is not responsible for investigating the abuse.
There are several sources, depending on where the suspected abuse is taking place. The elder abuse attorneys at the Louthian Law Firm can also counsel you on your loved one’s legal options when his or her rights are being violated.
Elder abuse and neglect is a crime. The compassionate attorneys at the Louthian Law Firm in South Carolina want to help restore the dignity, safety and basic rights that you or a loved one have lost as a result of elder abuse in the Palmetto State. Call our lawyers toll free at 888-662-0434 or(803) 454-1200 or fill out our confidential online form.
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