Elder abuse is never excusable. Whether your loved one has been neglected in a nursing home or financially abused by a live-in caregiver, those who take advantage of the elderly deserve to be held accountable for their actions.
At Legal One Law Group, APC our Glendale elder abuse attorneys can help you hold to responsible party accountable as well as receive compensation that will allow you to seek a better elder care option for your loved one.
Possibly the most important facet of the epidemic of elder abuse in America is the fact that, even with stunningly high numbers of cases, the vast majority of incidences don’t even get reported.
As previously mentioned, there is much shame and fear associated with being abused, which prevents people from admitting it happened to them. Some elders may not even realize they have been abused.
To best protect your loved one:
According to some estimates, there are as many as six million cases of abuse in the United States every year, many of which take place in Los Angeles County. The exact amount is almost impossible to estimate, however.
This is because studies suggest that only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse are ever reported to the authorities due to:
The latter is common among scam victims and individuals who suffer from conditions like Alzheimer’s or dementia. Fortunately, California law protects elders (defined as individuals 65 and over) and other dependent and/or disabled adults from many types of abuse and neglect under California Welfare and Institutions Code section 15600.
Still, it is important to watch out for abuse if you have an elderly loved one in a nursing home or if they have their own caregiver. Sadly, this should be done regardless of whether the people or individual caring for your elderly relative are related to them or not—most incidences of elder abuse are perpetrated by relatives, not strangers.
The main forms of elder abuse are divided into five categories:
If your elderly loved one is being ignored by their caregiver, they may be suffering from neglect. Failure to assist in personal hygiene or to provide food, clothing, shelter, or other needs that the elder cannot fulfill for themselves likely fall under this category.
This includes scams, theft, and other ploys to take money from an elderly individual without their knowledge or consent. Financial abuse is the most common type of elder abuse.
Pain and injury inflicted on an elderly adult without their consent.
Non-consensual touching, fondling, intercourse, or any other sexual activity with an older adult, usually done through threats or coercion.
Harassment, intimidation, degradation, threats of abuse, and other hurtful forms of verbal and emotional abuse.
If you believe your loved one has been abused or neglected in any way, act quickly. The sooner you can assess the situation and get them to safety, the better.
Actions you can take include:
We are standing by to hear your case and fight for you and your elderly loved one should legal action be required. Our legal team takes elder abuse very seriously and will not hesitate to get your loved one the compassionate care they deserve.