The Ins and Outs of Elder Abuse
It is estimated that 10% of individuals over the age of 60 are abused during their senior years. Sometimes this abuse comes from caregivers, other times it comes from family members, friends, financial advisors, and even the occasional scam by a stranger. Case-to-case, the abuse can look different, and it is not always easy to ask or help an elder if they are being abused. If you or someone you know is suffering from elder abuse, call Evans Law Firm, Inc. today at 415-441-8669. We have years of experience with financial elder abuse, physical elder abuse, and nursing home abuse. We handle these cases in the State of California only.
Warning Signs of Abuse
As individuals age, the question of “How will they be cared for?” almost always arises. For some, a senior living or assisted living community is the best option. They are able to receive 24-hour supervision/care, and that can be a draw. Many require skilled nursing facilities where the care is round the clock. Sometimes, elders choose to stay in their homes, receiving care from a service, caregiver, or family member or friend. In any of these settings, abuse is a sad, but real potential.
The most common types of abuse are: physical, financial, sexual, and emotional, to name a few. In some cases, abuse occurs out of stress. For example, sometimes caregivers can become overworked and under immense pressure, and this can cause ill-feelings or just a general lack of empathy as they try their hardest to get through their day. In other instances, sometimes the abuse is attempting to take money from the elder, maybe by taking money, exerting power, or giving themselves gifts that are not necessarily authorized.
In any event, it is important that we help the elders, in our community of Alameda County and throughout California, to stay safe and protect themselves from abuse. While it may not seem easy, simple steps can help keep seniors protected. If your family member is getting older, ask their permission to help them monitor their bank account. Be sure to look into individuals hired to help the senior, and remember that no measure is too extreme when it comes to protecting yourself and your loved ones. If you begin to see signs of elder abuse, reporting the abuse is one of the most important things you can do.
If you or a loved one been the victim of elder abuse in Alameda County, or in any California county, contact the Evans Law Firm elder abuse attorneys at (415) 441-8669, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our attorneys have experience with complex financial contracts and large insurance companies. 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.