$2.6 billion dollars yearly. That’s how much elder abuse, especially financial exploitation, costs senior citizens across America. While the largest group of perpetrators in many studies are spouses, home care aides and even neighbors are known for physical, emotional and financial distress. Many senior citizens with disabilities, including dementia, cannot fend for themselves and are often unaware that abuse is taking place until long after the episode transpires.
Turning concerns over to an experienced elder abuse attorney Thousand Oaks family members trust will hold responsible parties accountable should be one’s first move. The Kaufman Law Firm has handled numerous elder abuse suits against facilities, individual aides, doctors and neighbors, helping to recover money owed to persons that shouldn’t have been taken. Damages, both emotional and financial, can also accompany positive jury decisions.
Although many elder abuse claims don’t receive the media attention they deserve, California has plenty of isolated incidents which often wipe senior citizens dry of their savings. Some elderly folks are duped into signing over real estate, vehicles, retirement accounts and even heirloom jewelry possessing millions in value. This epidemic of senior citizen abuse, specifically financial exploitation and fraud, is credited to thousands of unvetted medical workers and strangers who find ways to gain access to seniors.
Once property and cash get signed over, it’s not impossible to recover but does pose challenges. Individuals fighting cases of financial abuse toward seniors without representation may unknowingly commit errors; The Kaufman Law Firm knows time is critical in holding parties responsible, and immediately works with outside sources to track down assets and help freeze them for seniors. The elder abuse attorney Thousand Oaks families choose to hire must work quickly, and accurately.
Skilled nursing facilities and home health care agencies do run extensive background checks on applicants, although one cannot predict when greed will consume workers. Elderly patients are often physically limited, have early onset or full-blown dementia, have smaller families who long forgot about them, and have amassed small fortunes they hope will carry them through until they pass on. Our firm is respectful of these folks – many who paved our way of life today – and works hard to bring injustices to court’s attention.
Once clients bring us elder abuse cases to our attention, our team begins gathering facts and isolating financial accounts and other assets. We’ll look over video footage, poll witnesses, file whatever court motions may freeze unauthorized real estate transactions such as title changes, and work closely with abusive person’s employer and their counsel to strategize potential settlements. If anything criminal took place and clients aren’t sure where to turn, we’ll bring matters to the proper authority’s hands.
Elder abuse is serious in California, carrying major economic problems for small families who are often unaware abuse, in all forms, is taking place. Should you or your loved one needs an elder abuse attorney Thousand Oaks citizens have trusted for many years, contact The Kaufman Law Firm today.