This is alarming because it means that many victims of abuse could be treated for injuries caused by their abusers and released back into the care of those same abusers. While the primary job of emergency room staff is not to detect elder abuse, they can and should do a better job of making sure that injuries suffered by their elderly patients are not the result of abuse.

This new study will hopefully lead to a renewed focus in emergency rooms on this important issue and to increased staff training about how to detect potential elder abuse victims.

If you should suspect any situations of elder abuse, please contact authorities or an elder law attorney.

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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