A 65-year-old woman suffered injuries after allegedly being assaulted by her nephew in New Braunfels in early January, according to KGNB News Radio. The incident happened in the evening on a Thursday night, “when several family members inside a home were involved in a disturbance that at one point turned physical,” the radio reports. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the woman with injuries to her face and back “that officers say were consistent with having been assaulted.”
Her nephew, 35-year-old Jim Gomez was arrested and “booked into the Comal County jail on a third-degree felony charge of injury to an elderly person and a Class A misdemeanor charge of interference with an emergency call,” according to KGNB. Gomez posted bail just a few days after being booked and was released. The trial is pending.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “every year an estimated 4 million older Americans are victims of physical, psychological or other forms of abuse and neglect.” Like other forms of domestic abuse, most perpetrators of elderly abuse are relatives or trusted household members, according to the APA. Most elder abuse occurs at home, not an institutional settings, though there are some highly-sensationalized news stories every year of elders being abused at nursing hoes and the like. The APA reports that 95 percent of older people live in a non-institutional setting, and that many live with family members or paid in-home caregivers.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of elder abuse, you may be eligible for compensation. Don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated New Braunfels personal injury attorney today.