In our nation, elder abuse cases are sadly becoming heard of more and more. Often, even more tragically, it is the person who the victim relies on the most who abuses their position of trust.
Abuse can present itself in a variety of ways, from financial to emotional, and while there might not be obvious signs like those from physical abuse the scars can still run deep and alter an elderly person’s life immensely.
In Missouri, a case has emerged of a 27-year old man who beat his grandmother for the simple reason that she failed to write a check quick enough. Mark Christopher Kerpash allegedly abused his grandmother so badly, hitting and pinning her to the floor, that she was left with extensive bruising and unable to walk.
Kerpash, who has a history of violence and drug offenses, went to his 95-year old grandmother’s home to ask for money. When she was reluctant to hand it over to him he allegedly became mad at her, flying into a rage. He fled his grandmother’s house and was picked up in a light blue car, allegedly by his girlfriend. His grandmother made it to a hospital after the extent of her injuries left her in great pain.
Abusers think that they can get away with hurting elderly people because they are often in vulnerable positions. Sometimes they may be in nursing homes or residential care homes or living alone. It is important that if you spot an elderly person being abused in any way or if you are suspicious, to contact someone to ensure that abuse is not actually happening.
Regardless of whether it is a victim’s own family member who is at fault, it is imperative to speak up.
The team at Brown Wharton & Brothers Nursing Home Law Firm know how difficult it can be discussing elder abuse cases and to understand who was at fault, questions must be asked and facts must be gained. The team at Brown Wharton & Brothers have represented many different case types and are on hand to ensure that your case is dealt with compassion and sensitivity.