Los Angeles Elder Abuse Lawyer
Advocating on Behalf of Elderly Victims
Elder abuse is very similar to child abuse because it is imposed upon a victim who is not only helpless, but it is often targeted against victims who don't have a voice. When an elderly adult suffers from Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or when he or she is challenged by the symptoms of aging, their abuse can go undetected. Because of the aging population's inherent vulnerability, the elderly often suffer in silence and it is assumed that elder abuse is grossly underreported because many don't have the strength to report their abuse, nor do they have anyone to turn to for help.
If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected or abused by the staff of a nursing home or long-term care facility, we urge you to contact the Law Offices of David A. Shapiro, P.C. for help. Attorney Shapiro is licensed to practice law in all California Courts, including the United District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
As a seasoned litigator with full knowledge on an elderly person's rights and how they pertain to conservatorships of the person and the estate, attorney Shapiro understands how an elderly person is expected to be treated and cared for physically and financially. Whether your loved one is being financially exploited or physically abused, attorney Shapiro can advocate for their rights and seek justice on his or her behalf.
Elder abuse is usually associated with the negative treatment an older person receives from someone he knows, such as a family member or friend or someone he relies on for services or care such as in a nursing home or elder care facility. The common denominator of these types of abuse lies in the power and control used by the abuser to affect the older person's well-being or status.
- Physical: such as slapping, pushing, hitting, or administering improper, inadequate, or excessive medication.
- Emotional: including verbal abuse such as shouting, humiliation, or frightening the older person. Also, ignoring, coercion, or blame.
- Financial: such as the unauthorized use of property, money, pensions, or valuables.
- Sexual: whereby the victim is made to participate in sexual conduct or conversations against his or her will.
- Neglect: such as deprivation of food, clothing, comfort, medication or other essential services.
Elder Abuse as Financial Abuse
Elder abuse can also come in the form of financial abuse perpetrated on the elderly by family members or others whom the elderly depend on. Examples of financial abuse are misappropriation of an elder's income or assets, the improper or fraudulent use of a Power of Attorney, gaining property by coercing an elderly person to sign over investments or
real estate, overcharging the elderly for rents, services or work done, and other similar abuses.
If you have an elderly family member who has suffered abuse in a nursing home or elder care facility or from any other person in his or her environment, you may need legal assistance in handling this situation. At the Law Offices of David A. Shapiro, P.C., we are ready to serve you with their knowledge and skill in this important area of California law. Contact our Los Angeles elder abuse lawyer today!