Detecting Elder Abuse
What To Look For
Elder abuse is a true epidemic in this country with millions of victims and families seriously harmed each year. Elder abuse takes many forms and the perpetrators range from caregivers to con artists to insurance agents and financial advisors and even family members. We have spent years at Evans Law Firm Inc. combatting the exploitation of seniors, subject to financial or physical elder abuse, and want to share some thoughts below on preventing abuse. Our financial elder abuse attorneys in particular have vast experience in investment and securities fraud cases, FINRA Arbitration, annuity and life insurance cases and financial elder abuse of every variety. If you or a loved one has been the victim of fraud or financial elder abuse call us today at (415)441-8669 and we can help. We take cases in San Francisco and throughout California.
We often write in this column that isolation is the biggest danger for seniors. A dependent, isolated senior is particularly susceptible to manipulation and fraud. We have seen caregivers, insurance agents, advisors, and door-to-door scammers financially abuse lonely seniors, with no one to stand by them or confront the abusers. We at Evans Law Firm want to offer some tips on prevention. First and foremost, stay involved in your beloved senior’s life. Check in unannounced, keep an eye on their belongings and money, know who’s coming and going, call frequently and always speak directly to your loved one. Don’t let someone else keep them from the phone. If your loved one needs help you cannot provide, do background checks on anyone they hire and drop in as much as you can while the caregivers are on the scene. Monitor the senior’s bank accounts and credit cards and make sure their valuables are safely stored away. Be at any meeting or discussions about financial matters they may have with anyone else. Encourage old friends and other family members to check in too. You can’t do it all, but stay as involved as you can.
If you suspect abuse, act at once. We encourage you to report any elder abuse to the authorities. But also be sure to pursue all the remedies afforded by law. California leads the nation in protection for seniors and provides expedited trials, extra damages, and mandatory attorneys’ fees and costs in elder abuse cases. While law enforcement may get restitution for moneys paid that is usually not the only loss suffered and it is not the responsibility of such agencies to pursue all other relief to which you and your loved one may be entitled. At Evans Law Firm our elder abuse attorneys can help; we know what the California elder abuse laws provide and we know how to represent you in pursuing your claims.
If you or a loved one been the victim of elder abuse in San Francisco or any California county, contact the 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 complex financial contracts, such as annuities and life insurance, and large insurance companies. We can help guide your case through a FINRA Arbitration, 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.