Counties Begin To Zoom In And Aggressively Prosecute Elder Abuse
Elder abuse has increased dramatically in the past few years. Whether the abuse be physical, financial, sexual, psychological, or beyond, trends are showing that the abuse of our senior citizens is on the rise. In response to these numbers, district attorneys across the nation, along with other experts, have vowed to keep their elderly community safe at all costs, and some have even promised to educate others on what elder abuse looks like and why it is so important to pursue these charges and cases.
What It Looks Like
Elder abuse looks different in every instance, however, there are some typical warning signs to look out for. One of those is isolation. Oftentimes, abusers attempt to isolate the senior and force them to believe that they are the only one there for them. This forces the elder to trust the abuser’s decisions. Another warning sign of potential elder abuse, specifically financial elder abuse, are unusual transactions on the elder’s bank statements. If you don’t think that the senior would have purchased that item at the grocery store or gone out to dinner at that restaurant, then chances are they probably didn’t. Other typical signs of elder abuse are new friends and difficulty reaching the elder, among others.
Why It Is Important To Pursue
In light of the increasing elder abuse crime, leaders in the field have begun speaking up. Of the messages, these leaders are encouraging individuals to come forward if they or their loved ones have been the victim of elder abuse. They report that one of the strongest defenses that the perpetrators of elder abuse often have is simply the elder’s silence. In Marin County and beyond, we encourage you to speak up and report instances of elder abuse, or we fear that these perpetrators may never learn their lesson.
If you or a loved one has suffered from elder abuse in Marin County or in any California county, contact the Evans Law Firm elder 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.