New California Laws Protecting Seniors
California leads the nation in State law protections for seniors. Our laws protect seniors through broad definitions of what constitutes abuse, additional remedies for the injured, wider mandatory reporter rules, enhanced patients’ rights, and government agency investigation guidelines, among other protections. The San Francisco and California elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. know the elder protections under California law and are dedicated to doing all we can to protect seniors from elder abuse and represent them in pursuing their abusers in litigation. If you or someone you know is the victim of elder abuse here in San Francisco or elsewhere in California, call our attorneys today at 415-441-8669.
There is always room for greater protections for seniors and the California legislature has enacted some important additional protections we want to bring to your attention:
- Assembly Bill 937 (2013) by Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont: This law prohibits a conservator, appointed to protect an elder, from depriving the elder of personal rights, including but not limited to the right to receive visitors, phone calls, and mail.
- Assembly Bill 217 (2014) by Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont: This law codifies resident rights in privately operated care facilities for the elderly to be accorded dignity relationship with staff, a reasonable right of privacy in their accommodations, treatment and personal care, and confidential treatment of their records and medical information.
- Assembly Bill 1085 (2015) by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale: In response to the widely reported isolation of radio personality Casey Kasem before his death in 2014, this law protects the right of all adults to visit and communicate with anyone they wish.
- Senate Bill 1191 (2018) by Sens. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont: This law updates State and local law enforcement manuals to clarify that elder abuse is a crime, isolation is a form of abuse, and the law enforcement has jurisdiction over elder abuse. It is hoped that the law will prompt law enforcement to take action against elder abuse.
The attorneys at our firm applaud these advancements in California law. We represent elder abuse victims and their families against all manner of abusers including caregivers, nursing homes and staff, persons acting fraudulently under Powers of Attorney, insurance agents selling inappropriate/unsuitable annuities and investments to seniors, brokers, reverse mortgage lenders, financial advisors, unscrupulous fiduciaries, trustees, and more.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of physical, emotional or financial elder abuse in San Francisco or elsewhere in California, contact elder abuse attorney Ingrid M. Evans and the other Evans Law Firm elder abuse attorneys at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>. Our attorneys have experience with all types of physical and financial elder abuse, investment and securities fraud and annuity fraud, and nursing home abuse. We can guide your case through a jury trial, or toward an equitable settlement. We also handle qui tam and whistleblower lawsuits, whole life insurance and universal life insurance cases, and cases involving indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.