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The Hess-Verdon Law Firm, located in Newport Beach, Orange County works diligently to give you an in-depth overview of elder abuse.  What makes us different? Our foundation is Trusts and Estate planning which give us a clear vision on all types of elder abuse including financial elder abuse, undue influence, neglect and so on.

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Do you need an elder abuse attorney? Have you spotted some warning signs that are alarming you? 

Under Penal Code 368 PC, elder abuse can take many forms, including physical abuse, financial abuse, or physical neglect. 

Here at Hess-Verdon, we know the emotional feelings you are going through. It’s hard to consider a family member or a close friend being neglected or exploited. Elder abuse is hurtful. Everyone deserves dignity and respect.

If you feel there may be some financial, physical, verbal, mental abuse is taking place, glad you are taking prevention! Elder abuse can only get worse, leading to suffering and even death.

Elderly Abuse Definition: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that elder abuse in an intentional act or failure to act by a caregiver. It can also involve an expectation of trust that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult. (60 years or older).  

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Should I hire an elder abuse attorney?

Remember, elder abuse is “intended or planned, done deliberately, knowingly, willfully, or voluntarily. Therefore, Yes, it’s imperative to seek counsel on this critical matter.

What can an elder abuse attorney do?

First of all, it’s vital to seek professional and experienced counsel. Hess-Verdon & Associates, A Professional Law Corp. is a full-service law firm, established in 1990. The firms founding principles and its dedication to a proven philosophy of client-centered service have remained unchanged.

When setting up your appointment, we will go over your notes, materials, pictures, etc., and match them to the definition of “elder abuse.” Time is of the essence, however, and privacy is our crucial importance.

What are some types of elder abuse?

To learn more about elder abuse, we have compiled a list of abuse types. They are as follows:

Elder Abuse Types

  1. Physical Abuse: This is the intentional use of physical force that results in acute or chronic illness, bodily injury, physical pain, functional impairment, distress. Physical abuse can also be inappropriate use of medications and improper use of physical restraints.
  • Sexual Abuse
  1. Forced or the unwanted sexual interaction of any kind with an older adult. In essence, forced and unwanted non-contact acts of a sexual nature.
  • Emotional / Psychological Abuse: Verbal and nonverbal behavior that results in the infliction of anguish, mental pain, fear, or distress. May also include humiliation, disrespect, threats, harassment, isolation/coercive control.
  1. Failure by a caregiver or other person in a trust relationship to protect from:
  • Neglect
  1.  Failure by a caregiver or other person in a trust relationship to protect from:
  1. HarmEssential medical care, nutrition, hydration, hygiene, clothing, shelter, necessary activities of daily living.
  • Financial Elder Abuse / Exploitation: This occurs when a person, typically a relative, exercises undue influence over the older adult. An example is where the relative starts managing the checking account. Instead of going about the proper channels, they appropriate the estate by fraud or undue influence. See: (California Welfare & Institutions Code Section 15610.30)
  1. Sub-definitions can include Fraud, Misappropriation, 

Others such as:

  1. Abandonment
  2. Abduction
  3. Identity theft
  4. Medical Abuse
  5. Self-Neglect
  6. Violation of Rights

What are some signs of elder abuse?

Elder Abuse Signs

If you have a loved one in a nursing home or family care, there are signs one can see during visits. 

Here are some elder abuse signs:

  1. Elder abuse and neglect
  2. A person having trouble sleeping
  3. Seems confused or depressed
  4. Weight loss for no reason
  5. Dehydration
  6. Malnutrition

Symptoms of trauma, like rocking back and forth

Strange behavior like agitated or violent

Unexplained bruises, scars, burns, etc

Unkempt – look messy

  1. Poor Hygiene

Has bedsores, bone fractures

Is Elder Abuse a felony?

To determine this, the DA (District Attorney) will make a decision based on the definition of “elder abuse.” Generally speaking, if the caregiver violated a clear legal duty and exhibited conduct that would cause bodily harm or even death, then a felony may be warranted. It is so important to document the abuse your loved one has experienced.

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Many people believe to search for “elder abuse attorney near me” is ok but that may be a downfall. You see, there are dozens of estate planning attorneys in Orange County, and they do quite well in their endeavors, but elder abuse is an entirely different situation.

What is the elder abuse hotline?

Adult Protective Services assist vulnerable and elderly adults in stopping and preventing abuse, neglect, or exploitation.  

Phone: Adult Abuse Hotline: 800-222-8000

Why does elder abuse go unreported?

The Department of Justice estimates that abuse occurs to 1 in every ten seniors per year. Even worse, 1 out of 23 cases is reported causing abuse to continue. 

There are a few reasons that may contribute to these statistics. 

  • One is that the cognitive abilities of the elderly are impaired and are confused as to what is right.
  • Second, when it comes to the family, the lack of recognition of the signs of elder abuse.

The Administration for Community Living has a National Center on Elder Abuse, where you can learn about how to report abuse, where to get help, and State laws that deal with abuse and neglect. 

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