Elder abuse is a serious issue in the nursing and medical fields that can lead to potential lawsuits. Elderly care consists of treating and caring for individuals who are physically or mentally dependent, those individuals are more susceptible to abuse or being the victims of neglect. Elder care patients rely on the physicians, nurses, social workers, or assisted-living professions for proper care, as they themselves are often not capable of making a claim in the event of abuse. Expert witnesses are often utilized in such cases to provide testimony on behalf of such victims.
Duty of care, the legally implemented rules and regulations for those working within the medical and nursing fields, must be followed when treating and caring for elderly individuals. Providing geriatric individuals with treatment, medicine, and nursing supervision may be part of a long-term care plan, so it is imperative that those working within the field avoid medical malpractice, as such errors can have more lasting effects for older patients.
Elder abuse can take on various forms, including that of a mental or financial nature. Undue influence, in which a mentally impaired individual is coerced into a contractual agreement, can be an example of elder abuse. Victims in these cases may suffer from dementia or similar ailments related to gerontology, making contracts and other legal and medical documents especially relevant in court cases involving elder abuse, as the medical records may be used as evidence throughout the proceedings of a trial. Elder abuse expert witnesses often provide assessments on the health, wellbeing, and mental capacity of the victims in these lawsuits.
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