Warning Signs ChecklistArizona has strong laws to remedy the abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults.  Here is a list of just some of the warning signs of abuse or neglect of which to be aware.

  • Unexplained bruises, welts, sores, cuts or abrasions
  • Bruising and other injuries in different stages of healing
  • Bruises or markings that reflect the shape of objects used to inflict the injuries
  • Bruising on upper arms from being shaken
  • Broken bones, sprains, or dislocations
  • Fractures in different stages of healing
  • Cigar or cigarette burns
  • Submersion burns
  • Rope burns on arms, wrists, legs or ankles
  • Apparent failure to take medication regularly
  • Report of drug overdose
  • Broken eyeglasses or frames
  • Caregiver’s refusal to allow you to see the elder alone
  • Frequent arguments or tension between caregiver and the elderly person
  • Changes in personality or behavior of the elderly person
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections
  • Bruises around breasts or genitals
  • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
  • Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
  • Bedsores
  • Unsafe living conditions
  • Elderly person is unkempt, dirty, body odor
  • Feces on body
  • Clothing is insufficient or inappropriate for the weather
  • Fleas and lice on individual
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Malnourished and/or dehydrated
  • Little to no food available
  • Soiled or urine soaked bedding or clothing
  • Desertion of elder at a public place
  • Lack of medical aids (glasses, walker, dentures, medications, etc.)
  • Elderly person confined in bed without care
  • Elderly person with dementia left unsupervised
  • Caregiver behavior that is threatening, belittling, or controlling
  • Behavior from the elderly person that mimics dementia (rocking, mumbling)

Experienced Attorneys are Here to Help

If you suspect that an incapacitated or vulnerable adult is the victim of abuse or neglect in Arizona and want to explore your legal options, call 480.607.7900 or contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our caring attorneys.