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

Elderly Abuse Definition:  From the CDC, elder abuse in an intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult. (60 years or older).  

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Elder Abuse Surveillance

Are you needing an elder abuse attorney?  Have you spot 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.

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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 very important 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 has 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 key importance.

Serving State: California, Southern California

Serving Counties: Orange CountyLos Angeles CountyRiverside & San Bernardino CountySan Diego County

 

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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
    1. 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 inappropriate use of physical restraints.
    • Sexual Abuse
    1. Forced and/or unwanted sexual interaction of any kin with an older adult. In essence, forced and/or unwanted non-contact acts of a sexual nature.
    • Emotional / Psychological Abuse
    1. 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.
    2. 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, basic activities of daily living.
    • Financial Elder Abuse / Exploitation
        1. This occurs when a person, typically a relative, exercises undue influence over the elderly person. 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)
        2. 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
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            What are some signs of elder abuse?

            Elder Abuse Signs

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

            Here are some elder abuse signs:

            1. Elder abuse and neglect
            1. Person having trouble sleeping
            2. Seems confused or depressed
            3. Weight loss for no reason
            1. Dehydration
            2. Malnutrition
          1. Signs of trauma, like rocking back and forth
          2. Strange behavior like agitated or violent
          3. Unexplained bruises, scars, burns, etc
          4. Unkempt – look messy
            1. Poor Hygiene
          5. Has bedsores, bone fractures
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            Because we have attorneys who have considerable experience in actually working with elder abuse, you are your loved one is in the right hands with Hess-Verdon.

             

            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.  This is why it is so important to document the abuse your loved one has experienced.

            See Justice.gov: https://www.justice.gov/elderjustice/prosecutors/statutes?field_statute_state=All&field_statute_category=3&page=1

             

            What is the elder abuse hotline?

            Adult Protective Services assist vulnerable and elderly adults to stop and prevent abuse, neglect, or exploitation.  

            Phone: Adult Abuse Hotline: 800-222-8000

            Why does elder abuse go unreported?

            The Department of Justice estimates that 1 in every 10 seniors are abused each year, but 1 out of 23 cases of abuse are reported to the authorities.  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.

            One thing to note however, once law enforcement gets wind, allegations are taken seriously. 

             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. Go to https://ncea.acl.gov for more information. Or, call the Eldercare Locator weekdays at 1-800-677-1116.

            For More Information About Elder Abuse and Where to Get Help

            Eldercare Locator

            1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)

            https://eldercare.acl.gov

            National Center on Elder Abuse

            1-855-500-3537 (toll-free)

            ncea-info@aoa.hhs.gov

            https://ncea.acl.gov

            National Adult Protective Services Association

            1-217-523-4431

            www.napsa-now.org

            National Domestic Violence Hotline

            1-800-799-7233 (toll-free, 24/7)

            1-800-787-3224 (TTY/toll-free)

            www.thehotline.org/get-help

            U.S. Department of Justice

            1-202-514-2000

            1-800-877-8339 (TTY/toll-free)

            elder.justice@usdoj.gov

            www.justice.gov/elderjustice

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