Has Your Loved One Suffered Elder Abuse Or Neglect?
In California, elders are defined as persons 65 years and older, and abusing them can have severe consequences. Criminal elder abuse occurs where any person who knows that a person is an elder and willfully causes or permits any elder to suffer or inflicts unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering on the elder. It is the neglect, exploitation or harmful mistreatment of anyone older than 65 that should be punished. Contact a Sacramento elder abuse lawyer at The Weinberger Law Firm immediately.
Elder abuse can involve:
- Physical violence: the infliction of physical pain or injury, sexual assault or molestation, or use of physical or chemical restraints for punishment.
- Psychological abuse: the infliction of fear, agitation, or confusion through threats, harassment or other forms of intimidating behavior.
- Isolation: the intentional preventing of a person receiving contact with the outside world via mail, telephone calls or human interaction.
- Abandonment: the desertion of an elder by someone who is a caregiver.
- Abduction: the removal of a person from one state to another without the consent of the individual or caretaker.
- False imprisonment: the restraint of an elder in a bounded area without justification or consent
- Neglect: the failure to fulfill the care taking responsibilities such as assisting in personal hygiene, providing food, clothing or shelter, protecting a person from health and safety hazards or preventing malnutrition.
- Financial or monetary theft: the stealing or illegal or unethical exploitation of an elders funds, property or other assets.
How To Tell If It’s Abuse
There are a few different clues that can serve as signs of physical elder abuse. Keep in mind, these signs can suggest elder abuse, but can also suggest other complex issues. The best way to confirm is by contacting a Sacramento injury lawyer if you notice any of these signs:
Physical Abuse and Neglect Indicators
- Malnutrition or rapid weight loss
- Physical injury and painful, shocked reaction when touched
- Bruises, skin damage and broken bones
Relative or Caregiver Abuse Indicators
- Substance abuse by caregiver
- Social isolation of the elder by the caregiver
- Conflicting accounts of incidents told by the elder and the caregiver
- Absence of the caregiver
- Obvious anger and mood swings of the elder
Contact A Caring Attorney For Help
Unfortunately, most abusers tend to be the elder’s family members, caregivers or advisors, whom you would expect to be solving the problems and helping the elder. As a result, hundreds of thousands of elder abuse cases are not reported each year. If you are a victim of elder abuse or suspect someone is, you must seek professional help immediately. The most important thing is to put a stop to the abuse, get the help you need and the compensation you deserve.
Help is available. Contact a Sacramento elder abuse lawyer immediately for the compensation you deserve.