One of the most vulnerable segments of our society are the elderly. Unfortunately, some people find it fit to take unfair advantage of them, either through financial or physical abuse. The largest contributor to such abuse is isolation.
California has some of the strongest laws in the country to protect seniors. Not only do such laws provide for compensatory recovery, but also punitive damages – damages that are designed to punish and deter others from conducting such acts.
Abuse can come in many forms. Physical abuse can stem from nursing homes neglect, hospital neglect, and even from family members. Financial abuse can come in many forms, including changes to wills and trusts, mortgage fraud, consumer fraud and undue influence in finances from friends, care takers, and even family members.
If you suspect abuse, you should immediately begin documenting evidence. This includes photographing signs of abuse, obtaining medical records and in the case of financial abuse, obtaining documents demonstrating financial changes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices.