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Jul 28, 2020 by |

Alameda County and California Elder Abuse Attorneys: Spotting Elder Abuse During Lockdown

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Financial, Physical, Psychological, and Sexual Elder Abuse and Neglect

Protect Senior Loved Ones and Friends: Look for Signs of Abuse

Elders More Vulnerable Than Ever Before

Elder abuse takes many forms, and all are devastating: financial, physical, emotional or sexual abuse or harmed from neglect or abandonment. See Calif. Welf & Inst. Code §§ 15600 et seq. Isolate seniors are most often the victims of abuse. During the pandemic, seniors are more vulnerable than ever before, both to the coronavirus itself and to the perils of isolation. The Alameda County elder abuse litigators at Evans Law Firm, Inc. know how horrible abuse of the elderly can be, whether theft or financial elder abuse or physical abuse involving sexual assault or rape or overmedication, neglect (causing bed sores, pressure wounds or infections), abandonment, or injuries sustained from unsupervised wandering/elopement. If you or someone you know is suffering elder abuse in Alameda County or elsewhere in California, call the elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669, and we can help.

Spotting Abuse

Physical Abuse
With COVID-19 restrictions in place, only visit the elderly after taking every precaution for their safety, including always wearing a mask and maintaining social distance. If your loved one is in a nursing home, you may need to have a trusted staff member or professional check on them in person for you. Also, check in on Zoom and Facetime if someone can help your loved one with the technology. If you can visit, look for any signs of physical abuse or neglect:
• Bedsores/pressure ulcers/pressure wounds or other poor skin conditions;
• Indication of sexual assault, rape, or battery;
• Bruises and scratch marks;
• Poor physical appearance or lack of cleanliness;
• Frequent infections;
• Falls;
• Injuries from wandering off unsupervised (known as elopement);
• Lack of equipment and supplies;
• Overmedication;
• Rapid weight loss;
• Dehydration;
• Abnormal or withdrawn behavior and unusual silence;
• Prolonged sleep or drowsiness;
• Agitation especially when certain caregivers are present or caregivers who do not want the patient to be alone with others;
• Reluctance to speak when staff is nearby;
• Unsanitary and unclean conditions, soiled bed linens and clothes;
• Fear of being touched.

Financial Elder Abuse:
Even if you cannot visit a loved one as frequently as before, you can still review bank statements, bills, and important papers to look for any signs of financial abuse:
• Unexpected changes in wills, trusts, or powers of attorney.
• Sale to the senior of an inappropriate annuity or life insurance policy.
• Changes in spending habits and cash withdrawals or different types of spending than the senior normally incurs.
• An unexplained increase in check cashing, transfers of money, ATM withdrawals, or credit card activity.
• Opening of a new bank or brokerage account (or multiple accounts) or changing banks and brokerage firms.
• Unpaid bills.
• A caregiver or other person screening the elder’s phone calls or going through their mail.

Never ever give a Power of Attorney to a caregiver. Keep valuables and bank information and checkbooks in a secure place. Respond quickly if you suspect any financial elder abuse. Notify the authorities and seek qualified financial elder abuse lawyers, such as the elder abuse lawyers at Evans Law Firm, to pursue all remedies available to California financial elder abuse victims including restitution (getting your money back), rescission (undoing an invalid contract), punitive damages, and recovery of attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in bringing a financial elder abuse action against wrongdoers.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one is or has been the victim of financial elder abuse or elder physical abuse or neglect in Alameda County or elsewhere in California, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other nursing home abuse attorneys at the Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:info@evanslaw.com”>info@evanslaw.com</a>. We can help guide your case through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, qui tam and whistleblower law, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.

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