Elder abuse is very similar to child abuse because it is imposed upon a victim who is often helpless and doesn't have a voice. When an elderly adult suffers from Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or is challenged by similar 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.
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If you suspect that your loved one is being targeted for their assets and someone has wrongfully taken the assets or abused your loved one, we urge you to contact the Law Offices of David A. Shapiro, P.C. for help. As a seasoned California litigator with full knowledge of elder rights, 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 their behalf.
What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse is usually associated with the negative treatment an older person receives from someone they know, such as a family member, friend, or caregiver. 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.
Types of Elder Abuse in California
- Physical - Includes slapping, pushing, hitting, or administering improper, inadequate, or excessive medication.
- Emotional - Includes verbal abuse such as shouting, humiliation, or frightening the older person. Also, ignoring, coercion, or blame.
- Financial - Includes 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. Examples are a misappropriation of an elder's income or assets, 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 person for rent or services, and other similar abuses.
If you have an elderly family member who has suffered financial abuse from any person in their environment, you 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.
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