ELDER ABUSE

Too often, members of our elderly community are subject to elder abuse at assisted care facilities, nursing homes or while at home. Brock & Gonzales, LLP represents the victims of such abuse.

WHAT CONSTITUTEs elder abuse?

Elder abuse is the “neglect,” “physical abuse” or “financial abuse” of anyone who is 65 or older, or anyone aged 18 to 64 who falls under the legal definition of “dependent” adult.   

“Neglect” refers to recklessly or willfully failing to care for an elder or dependent adult with the same degree of care that a reasonable person in the same situation would use.  Examples of neglect include the failure to assist in personal hygiene, provide food, clothing or shelter, or protect an elder or dependent adult from health and safety hazards. Neglect can result in elders suffering bed sores, infection, malnutrition, falls and other serious unexplained injuries or death.  

“Physical abuse” typically refers to infliction of unjustifiable pain or injury on an elder or dependent adult victim.  

“Financial abuse” includes the illegal or unethical exploitation and/or use of an elder or dependent adult’s funds, property, or other assets.

WHAT IS RECOVERABLE IN AN ELDER ABUSE CASE?

  • Medical expenses, even if health insurance paid for the medical treatment
  • Monetary compensation for past and future pain, mental suffering, anxiety, humiliation, and emotional distress
  • Punitive damages to punish the abuser 
  • Attorney's fees and costs

    

If you believe you or a loved one has been subject to elder abuse, contact us to set up a free consultation.

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