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Elder Abuse Law

There is no excuse for elder abuse.

Elder abuse, or the mistreatment of older people, affects people from all walks of life, regardless of culture, education or social status. Elder abuse can be unintentional or deliberate and occurs within the trusted confines of family, friends, care facilities and neighbourhood.

Abuse of the elderly can take various forms and can be carried out by members of the elderly person's own family, or someone holding a power of attorney. Often situations involve “multiple abuses” where two or more types of abuse are occurring simultaneously, such as:

  • Emotional or psychological inflicting anguish;
  • Financial or ecomonic;
  • Institutional;
  • Physical;
  • Neglect or deprivation;
  • Sexual, or
  • Social abuse.

Abuse can occur anywhere, including in:

  • Someone's own home;
  • Residential care;
  • In a commercial setting;
  • A carer's home or transportation vehicle;
  • Day or respite care;
  • Nursing homes, or
  • Hospitals.

At Bennett & Philp Lawyers, our elder abuse lawyers can provide legal advice about abuse of the elderly, including how abuse can be prevented, what safeguards can be put in place and how to pursue any person who has taken advantage of an elderly person.

  • Prevention and the application of safeguards and intervention strategies;
  • Empowerment;
  • Protection, and 
  • Justice.

If you have concerns about elder abuse Bennett & Philp Lawyers are here to help you. Call our Elder Abuse Law team on T: +61 7 3001 2999. There is no excuse for elder abuse.

We are pleased to be able to offer a range of fee options for clients (depending on their circumstances) as we appreciate different arrangements suit different people. These options include "deferred" payment of fees and speculative (no win no fee) arrangements.

Information about abuse and abuse prevention is also available from the Queensland Government funded, Elder Abuse Prevention Unit, on T: 1300 651 192.