Alameda County elder abuse lawyers warn that five million Americans are affected by elder abuse each year. By 2050, 20% of the U.S. population will be persons age 65 or older. This means that there is a high likelihood that you or someone close to you may suffer the direct result of elder abuse.
Many defendants are family members, friends, and often people who befriend a senior through church or other community groups, according to Alameda County elder abuse lawyers. Some scammers even make a living off of tricking seniors into signing over deeds to property or bank account funds.
Sadly, only one in twenty-four abuse cases are reported to authorities. This figure could be due to lack of knowledge or lack of cognitive ability of the victim. Alameda County elder abuse lawyers say that seniors with no family or friends are particularly at risk. The elderly can also make unreliable witnesses due to health problems like dementia or poor memory. Attorneys have begun to take an interest in this ever-growing disparate and disadvantage class of seniors. As a result, third parties and seniors may feel safe knowing that competent advocates exist to prevent or seek restitution for Elder Abuse.
The Evans Law Firm, Inc. has offices located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the Sonoma County, and handles all types of elder abuse cases. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been a victim of elder abuse, contact the Evans Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation at 415-441-8669 or firstname.lastname@example.org.