Advocates For The Elderly
An unfortunate result of Americans’ increased life expectancy is increased occurrences of elder abuse. The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.
Abuse of elders takes many different forms, some involving intimidation or threats against the elderly, some involving neglect, and others involving financial scams and exploitation. Sometimes the abuse comes at the hands of family members; other times it comes from paid caregivers, either in the home or in facilities.
Involuntary seclusion, intimidation, deprivation, and humiliation also fall under the legal category of abuse. These actions are considered abusive even if the victim is not able to hear or comprehend the abuse.
Pasadena Elder Financial Abuse Lawyers
If you believe you or a loved one has suffered from elder abuse or nursing home neglect, contact the attorneys at DeWitt Algorri & Algorri. Serving the Pasadena area and the state of California, we are committed to helping seniors and their families through challenging situations.
We have experience litigating against nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities. Sadly, we have also protected victims of elder abuse from their own family members.
The following are types of elder abuse and their warning signs:
- Physical abuse, which includes beating, pushing and shoving or using physical restraints.
- Sexual abuse, including nonconsensual sexual contact of any kind.
- Emotional abuse is the infliction of anguish or pain through verbal or nonverbal acts. This includes assaults, insults, threats, intimidation, humiliation, and harassment. It can also include isolating an individual from his or her family, friends or from regular activities.
- Neglect, which is the refusal or failure to fulfill any part of a person’s obligations or duties to an elder. Neglect may include failure to provide a person with such life necessities as food, water, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, medicine, personal safety and other essentials.
- Another example would be abandonment or the desertion of an elderly person by an individual who has assumed responsibility for providing care.
- Financial abuse, which includes the illegal or improper use of an individual’s funds, property or assets. Examples include cashing a person’s checks without authorization; forging a signature; misusing or stealing money or possessions; or coercing or deceiving an elderly person into signing any document such as a will or contract.
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Our experienced California elder abuse lawyers can review the facts of your case, answer your questions and recommend the best course of action during a free consultation. Call (626) 568-4000 or email us to schedule an appointment.