Protecting Victims Of ELDER ABUSE
Most of our clients are children of elderly parents or relatives who suspect their family member is the victim of physical, emotional, or financial abuse. It is almost unbelievable that elder abuse and fraud occur, but our firm sees a lot of it from care facilities, caregivers, scam artists, and even family members.
At JML Law, A Professional Law Corporation in Woodland Hills, our clients’ well-being is our passion. We represent clients in Los Angeles County, Orange County, and throughout California.
IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAS BEEN OR IS CURRENTLY THE VICTIM OF ELDER ABUSE, CALL US RIGHT AWAY AT 818-610-8800.
Your rights and best interests will be vigorously protected by our firm, and we will be your staunch advocates in any legal forum. Elder abuse can cause irreparable damages and losses (many that have life-threatening consequences from mistreatment and neglect), but pursuing financial compensation through a civil lawsuit can help you and your family cope with loss and recover to the fullest extent possible. Your choice to take legal action can also help save others from suffering from similar abuse in the future. In most cases, there is more than one victim.
Physical Elder Abuse
Our elder abuse attorneys are committed advocates for injury victims in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Francisco, and throughout California.
Whether inside a nursing home, another type of long-term care facility, or in the in-home care setting, physical abuse can occur in a variety of ways. This type of abuse is meant to inflict direct pain or injuries on an elderly person and can include the following types of actions:
- Unnecessary use of restraints
- Using excessive force when pushing or pulling
- Using unnecessary roughness when moving an elderly person
We examine patients’ medical records, caregiver and care facility hiring practices, organization training practices, staffing levels, standards of care, and much more. We perform an in-depth investigation looking for evidence of abuse, neglect, misconduct, and other wrongdoing. We know how to identify nursing home neglect and abuse, and we can help you achieve your legal goals while ensuring that your loved one is protected and properly cared for.
Emotional Elder Abuse
Not all types of abuse are necessarily visible. Aside from physical abuse, elderly people can also suffer from emotional and psychological abuse. This involves the verbal or non-verbal infliction of emotional and mental anguish, often used in an effort by the abuser to control their abuse victim. At JML Law, our Los Angeles nursing home abuse lawyers often discover that this type of abuse occurs in the following ways:
- Denying a person their right to visitors (nursing home setting)
- Threatening an elderly person with physical harm unless they obey
- Humiliating an elderly person by calling them names
- Treating an elderly person like a child
- Threatening to deny the elderly person food, water, or basic necessities
- Isolating an elderly person in their room
Financial Elder Abuse
We know the tactics of scam artists and fraudsters. We also know how to find evidence of financial abuse perpetrated by caregivers, family members, and fiduciaries. Anyone who can get access to financial accounts, personal information, or valuable personal property has the ability to commit a host of crimes including:
- Unlawful conversion of property for one’s own personal use and benefit
- Medical fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Check fraud
- Identity theft
- Scams and confidence tricks
Some of these types of fraud are frequently committed by the largest financial institutions in the country.
An elderly person’s will or power of attorney could be changed suddenly, family heirlooms or jewelry could be given away or sold for far less than their value, the property could be deeded to another party, and unnecessary large-ticket items could be purchased. These are other signs of financial abuse on the elderly and are most commonly seen by family members.
We aggressively prosecute elder abuse in California. We can help you regain control and pursue compensation for losses and damages with proven, customized strategies.
Types Of Compensation Available For A Los Angeles Elder Abuse Case
If you suspect that your elderly loved one has been abused by a caretaker, there may be various types of compensation available for what happened to them. At JML Law, our Los Angeles elder abuse attorneys have had tremendous success securing the following for our clients in these situations:
- Compensation for any medical bills arising due to the abuse
- Coverage for any emotional or psychological counseling necessary
- The cost of relocation to a new facility
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of quality of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent caretaker or nursing home
The total amount of compensation available for a Los Angeles elderly abuse case will vary depending on the circumstances related to each particular situation. This can depend on the severity of the injuries, the amount of pain and suffering the victim endures, the egregiousness of the conduct of the alleged abuser, and more.
How Long Do You Have To File A Los Angeles Elder Abuse Case?
Family members of victims of elder abuse need to be aware that there is a limited amount of time to file lawsuits in these cases. The California personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. This means that an elderly abuse victim (or their representative) has a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged abuser. Failing to file a lawsuit within this timeframe could result in the victim being unable to recover any compensation for their losses.
Get Help From Elder Abuse Attorney Los Angeles
Do not wait to contact us if you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse. We will start protecting you and take action against the responsible party immediately.
Call 818-610-8800 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation.