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Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Community Members

The Administration on Aging (an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services) defines elder abuse as “any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult." At Christopher C. Vader PC, we firmly believe that the parties responsible for this type of abuse should be held accountable for their actions. While financial compensation cannot right the wrongs committed against your loved one, we believe it can help contribute to a better future for all concerned.

What Are the Most Common Types of Elder Abuse in California?

Elderly people are more vulnerable to abuse because they may be weak and unable to protect themselves. They may depend on others for help with daily activities, like bathing, eating, or taking medications. They also may not understand the consequences of their decisions or have difficulty speaking up for themselves. This makes them especially vulnerable to being taken advantage of by those who want to hurt them.

Scrupulous individuals often take advantage of these weaknesses by committing:

  • Physical Abuse – This encompasses actual physical harm or even threats of physical harm, such as hitting, pushing, slapping, pinching, force-feeding or any type of restraining that causes pain and distress.
  • Emotional Abuse – This includes verbal assault like insults and belittling language as well as anything that results in humiliation or fear.
  • Psychological Abuse – This involves behaviors intended to scare the elderly person into submission by manipulating their thoughts through intimidation tactics and other methods meant to break down a person’s spirit over time.
  • Financial Exploitation – Exploiting the vulnerability of elderly individuals for personal financial gain is regrettably widespread, with unscrupulous individuals seeking to exploit the lack of understanding and awareness among vulnerable seniors. This exploitation often takes the form of deceiving seniors into signing contracts or agreements related to investments or other financial matters that they may not fully comprehend.
  • Neglect – Neglect occurs when an individual fails in his/her duty of care for an elderly individual. This can occur when a senior's basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and medical attention are neglected. This can be very dangerous if left unaddressed for long periods of time.
  • Sexual Abuse - Any sort of sexual contact against the will of the elder constitutes sexual abuse.

At Christopher C. Vader, PC, we specialize in elder abuse law and provide dedicated legal representation for cases involving the mistreatment of the elderly. Our dedicated team of lawyers for elderly neglect understands the profound impact that elder abuse can have on seniors and their families. With a focus on Palm Springs and serving clients throughout California, we are committed to helping victims seek justice and recover compensation for the damages or losses incurred as a result of their loved one's mistreatment. With our aggressive approach, we will tirelessly fight to hold those responsible accountable for their actions and ensure that justice is served.

Signs of Elder Abuse

Signs of elder abuse include:

  • Inexplicable physical injuries (bruises, broken bones, abrasions, or burns)
  • Sudden changes in financial situation, such as a dramatic decrease in funds
  • Depression or withdrawal from daily life
  • Poor hygiene, excessive weight loss, or bedsores
  • Verbal abuse, including mocking or making threats
  • Obvious strain between the caregiver and patient

It’s important to act quickly if you notice any of the above when visiting your loved one. Heartbreakingly, elderly adults can be abused physically, sexually, or emotionally by the individuals or groups charged with caring for them. The Administration on Aging released a list of signs that could indicate the presence of elder abuse. If you see any of these, contact an elder law attorney immediately.

Putting a Stop to Unacceptable Behavior

There are special laws in place which state that if a vulnerable adult is subjected to neglect or abuse at the hand of his or her caregiver, they are entitled to receive compensation for their attorney fees, pain, and suffering. This law holds true even if the victim has passed away. Even if you merely have a suspicion that the abuse is occurring, it should be reported. At Christopher C. Vader PC, we are committed to doing all we can to provide reparation to our clients.

Contact us online or call (760) 537-4457 for help securing justice for your loved one. Our firm offers free consultations and speaks Spanish.

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