Working With Others To Build A Case

! Consider speaking with a medical doctor for an opinion on the victim’s bruising patterns

  • If possible, consult with a doctor who is knowledgeable about elder abuse


! Request medical records that may reveal important information about the victim’s past function and abilities

  • Specifically ask for the following records:
    • medical photos
    • descriptions and sizes of wounds
    • victim’s statements about what happened
    • their own opinion about the cause (if possible)


! Seek a capacity evaluation by a physician or psychologist if the decision-making capacity of the victim is a question

  • Especially important for cases involving financial abuse or neglect


HIPAA & Law Enforcement Requests

If healthcare professionals express reluctance to share medical information due to HIPAA, refer them to: