Have you or a elderly loved one been the victim of physical or psychological abuse, negligence, financial fraud, or injured in a skilled nursing facility?


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       RESOURCES:

California Department of Social Services

http://www.cdss.ca.gov/agedblinddisabled/PG1298.htm


County of San Diego Office of Adult protective services

http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/hhsa/programs/ais/adult_protective_services/index.html


County of San  Diego  Office of Age and Independence Servicess

http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/hhsa/programs/ais/

San Diego County District Attorney Publication Safe Seniors

http://www.sdcda.org/helping/elder-abuse.html


      


San Diego Elder Abuse Lawyers 

Seniors today are more active, independent and in better health than ever before. However, as the population of seniors grows, so does the epidemic of elder abuse and neglect. The elder population is the fastest growing, most affluent and most vulnerable to abuse. San Diego has over 350,000 elders (age 65 and older). Statistics show that 1 out of 20 elders will be a victim of elder abuse in their lifetime. Less than 20% of elder abuse incidents which include physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, neglect and financial abuse are ever reported.

Physical abuse is defined as the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment. It may also include the inappropriate use of drugs and physical restraints, forced feeding and physical punishment of any kind.

Sexual abuse is defined as non-consensual contact of any kind with an elder or dependent person. Sexual contact with any person incapable of giving consent is also considered sexual abuse. It includes unwanted touching and all types of sexual assault or battery (i.e. rape, sodomy, coerced nudity and sexually explicit photographing).

Psychological abuse or emotional abuse is defined as the infliction of anguish, pain or distress through verbal or non-verbal acts. Psychological and emotional abuse includes verbal assaults, insults, threats, intimidation, humiliation and harassment. In addition, treating an elder or dependent person like an infant, isolating an elder or dependent person from their family and friends or regular activities; giving an elder or dependent person the “silent treatment” and enforced social isolation are examples of emotional and psychological abuse.

Financial abuse or material exploitation is defined as the illegal or improper use of an elder or dependent adult’s funds, property or assets. Examples include cashing an elder or dependent adult’s check without authorization or permission; forging an elder or dependent adult’s signature; misusing or stealing an elder or dependent adult’s money or possessions; coercing or deceiving an elder or dependent adult into signing any document such as a contract or will; or misusing conservatorship, guardianship, or other power of attorney.

Elder neglect is defined as the refusal or failure to fulfill any part of a person’s obligations or duties to an elder or dependent adult. Neglect may also include failure of a person who has fiduciary responsibilities to provide care for an elder or dependent adult (e.g. pay for necessary home care services) or failure on the part of an in-home service provider to provide necessary care. Neglect may involve the refusal or failure to provide an elderly person or dependent adult with such life necessities as food, water, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, medicine, comfort, personal safety and other essentials.

If you suspect that an elder or dependent person is the victim of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or psychological abuse or neglect, contact your local authority for more immediate assistance then contact an attorney who specializes in elder abuse cases. If you or an elder/dependent person has suffered abuse or neglect, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for pain, suffering, emotional distress, and punitive damages depending upon the nature of the wrongful conduct of the caregiver or abuser. Please call the experienced elder abuse attorneys at THE GOULD FIRM today to discuss any issues or concerns. We will help you to understand your legal rights and options. We are here to help.