Under California law, elder abuse can be both criminal and civil. According to the National Committee for Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA), elder abuse is an act or omission that results in harm or potential harm to the health or welfare of a person age 65 or older. Elder abuse can be financial, physical, emotional, psychological, and also involve neglect, and abandonment. Recent data has shown that elder abuse is becoming a widespread problem in San Francisco and throughout the States, affecting hundreds of thousands of elders physically, emotionally and financially. However, most elder abuse goes unreported. Elder abuse victims are often reluctant to report the wrongdoings of others as it is highly common for family members and loved ones to be the abuser. Other reasons include the fear of loss of independence, fear of being institutionalized and fear of losing social support.
As the population over the age of 65 continues to grow, the incidence of elder abuse in San Francisco is expected to increase as well. A recent study from the University of California, San Francisco has revealed that around 25% of the nation’s nursing facilities lack the quality of care and safety needed for elderly care. The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse has been setup by congress to help protect the safety, security and dignity of America’s most vulnerable citizens. However, to prevent or stop elder abuse, it is highly encouraged that seniors should speak up, and report to adult protective services, elder abuse attorneys, or the police, if they suspect or have been victims of elder abuse.
With offices located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sonoma County, Evans Law Firm, Inc. focuses on elder abuse litigation in California. If you suspect to be a victim of elder abuse, contact Evans Law Firm, Inc. at 415-441-8669 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a free and confidential consultation.
Elder Abuse is Widespread and Growing in San Francisco