Elder Abuse: The Hard Facts
These days, elder abuse is a rapidly growing crime. Elder abuse occurs in every variety of setting, from the family home to assisted living complexes to large medical and skilled nursing facilities. It is important to stay vigilant about protecting yourself and your loved ones from elder abuse by understanding what abuse looks like and who could be at risk. If you or someone you know is suffering from elder abuse of any type, call the Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669.
Who Is At Risk and What Does It Look Like?
The short answer to this is: everybody is at risk, and elder abuse can look very different from one person to another. However, there are certain groups more susceptible to abuse and situations that can cater or lead to abuse more easily than others. In general, women are more likely to be abused as elders compared to men. Also, unsurprisingly, the older the individual is, the more susceptible they are to abuse.
Overwhelmingly—around 90%– of the abused know their abusers. This is one of the reasons that elder abuse is underreported, and it is one of the many challenges with elder abuse cases in general. These perpetrators can be family members, friends, or even caregivers. Other perpetrators are usually scammers who contact the elder via phone or computer asking for money, or fake love interests.
The Bottom Line
Elder abuse is dangerous, and it is happening at unimaginable rates. If you are experiencing elder abuse or you know someone who is, whether it be physical, financial, emotional, or another type, we encourage you to report it. Call the Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669. We offer a free consultation. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
If you or a loved one been the victim of elder abuse in San Francisco 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.