Elder Abuse Is An Epidemic
San Mateo County Government Addresses the Problem
Elder abuse is a real problem in San Mateo County, throughout California and the rest of country. Here in San Mateo County the problem is growing as the County’s population ages; the County Health Department predicts the elder population will grow by 70% over the next decade. Seniors in growing numbers need all the help they can get. The San Mateo County and California elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. are dedicated to doing all we can to protect seniors from elder abuse and represent them in pursuing their abusers in litigation.
We represent elder abuse victims and their families against all manner of abusers in San Mateo County including caregivers, nursing homes and staff, persons acting fraudulently under Powers of Attorney, insurance agents selling inappropriate/unsuitable annuities and investments to seniors, brokers, reverse mortgage lenders, financial advisors, unscrupulous fiduciaries, trustees, and more. While you should always report elder abuse to the police and Adult Protective Services, it is also important to seek counsel to pursue all the remedies the law always. That’s where our qualified elder abuse lawyers can help. If you or someone you know is the victim of elder abuse in San Mateo County or elsewhere in California, call Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669.
Elder abusers strike quickly whether their scheme is financial exploitation or physical elder abuse. Seniors may also suffer from neglect and isolation which can be very real forms of elder abuse. Be on the lookout for signs of abuse of any senior loved one or neighbor in your community. The San Mateo Health Department offers some signs that a senior may be abused if he or she
- Appears uncared for and has poor personal hygiene;
- Has bed sores/pressure ulcers or unexplained bruises, burns or other sores;
- Has unpaid bills, unusual activity in a bank account, or is missing funds or has been giving money away too freely;
- Is depressed, confused, afraid, agitated, or withdrawn;
- Shows fear or anxiety around a caregiver or companion;
- Has a caregiver overly dependent on the senior for income or shelter;
- Has changes in appetite or a dramatic weight gain or loss;
- Is unable to do basic things such as make meals, shop, or get around; or
- Is isolated and has restricted visits or phone calls because a caregiver is screening visits and calls.
You know your loved one or neighbor best and other signs may trouble you. Act on any suspicions. Call the police and APS but also seek the advice of qualified counsel such as the San Mateo County elder abuse lawyers at Evans Law Firm.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of physical, emotional or financial elder abuse in San Mateo County or elsewhere in California, contact elder abuse attorney Ingrid M. Evans and the other 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 all types of physical and financial elder abuse, investment and securities fraud and annuity fraud, and nursing home abuse. We can guide your case through a jury trial, or toward an equitable settlement. We also handle qui tam and whistleblower lawsuits, whole life insurance and universal life insurance cases, and cases involving indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.
 The San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services has produced a useful guide to the resources available to elder abuse victims in San Mateo County, which you can find at https://www.smchealth.org/elderabuse. Trained elder abuse counselors are available 24 hours a day in the San Mateo Health Department at 1-800-675-8437 if you are a victim or suspect elder abuse of a loved one or neighbor.