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Are you concerned that a family member may be suffering from elder abuse at the hand of a nursing home facility or any other caretaker? It is not just a crime only as sometimes it can be deadly too. As with any type of abuse, elder abuse can take many forms. Elders are often abused financially, sexually, physically and mentally, or by negligence. If you find yourself dealing with elder abuse, you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. At Gharibian Law, we are dedicated to protecting the elderly in Orange County and the surrounding areas.
What to do if you suspect your loved one is the victim of elder abuse
If you know someone who might be a victim of elder abuse, it is important to act quickly to protect them. In addition to reporting the abuse, it is also important to contact a nursing home abuse attorney who can help you take legal action against the at-fault person/party. They can help you in a better way throughout.
Most cases of elder abuse go unreported
Unfortunately, many cases of elder abuse go unreported in Orange County. Stats and figures indicate that more than one in ten elders may experience some type of abuse but only one in five cases is reported. The Elder Abuse attorneys at Gharibian Law represent elders and the family members of elders in Orange County fight for the rights of their elder family members and to be adequately compensated for elder abuse and nursing home abuse. Our highly experienced and aggressive trial lawyers possess deep compassion for victims of elder abuse and nursing home negligence and neglect and seek to provide justice and remuneration to such victims.
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At Gharibian Law, we represent elder abuse victims on a contingency fee basis. If we don’t obtain a settlement, we don’t receive any fee. We have been providing experienced, aggressive representation to elder abuse victims and their families. Let us put our years of combined expertise to work for you. So, call our Elder Abuse Lawyer at Gharibian Law today to set up your free consultation.
Emotional abuse, also known as psychological abuse, is when someone causes emotional distress or pain in how they speak to an elderly individual. This can be either in nonverbal or verbal form.
Nonverbal Elder Abuse
- Terrorizing or menacing
- Ignoring the person
- Isolating from activities they enjoy and their friends
Verbal Elder Abuse
- Ridicule and humiliating tactics
- Scapegoating and frequent blaming
- Threats and yelling that result in intimidation
It is crucial to note that this does not include any accidents that occur. It is deliberate use of force against an elder that causes the person injury, impairment or physical pain. This abuse may include hitting, shoving and other means of striking, as well as keeping the person restrained or confined in some manner. Anything that impairs the individual or keeps them from doing what they wish is considered to be physical elder abuse.
Elder neglect is the most common type of elder abuse at this time with over half of reported cases falling under this category. It is defined as the failure to fulfill one’s caretaking obligation. Though in some cases it can be unintentional, such as the caretaker denying how much care their charge requires, there are significant consequences when it comes to these matters. Family members, friends, and professional aides all may face legal trouble for abandoning or neglecting an elder who they should be caring for.
Healthcare abuse is when unethical healthcare professionals such as nurses, doctors, staff in the hospital and various providers commit acts that are fraudulent or improper. This comes in several forms, including the following:
- Medicaid fraud
- Under- or over-medicating
- Double-billing or overcharging for services or care that is rendered
- Charging for healthcare that is not provided at all
- Receiving of kickbacks for prescribing specific drugs or giving referrals to certain providers
- Providing recommendations of fraudulent remedies for conditions or illnesses
This is a fairly common issue in recent years, and one that costs Americans millions of dollars each year.
This is defined as the unauthorized retrieval and use of an elder’s property or funds. It can either be a caregiver or someone who is a scam artist not connected to the individual in any way.
Forms of financial abuse exhibited by caregivers
- Forging of the individual’s signature
- Stealing of goods, cash, or income checks
- Engaging in identity theft
- Misuse of the person’s credit cards, accounts or personal checks
Common rackets targeting the elderly include
- Charities that are fake
- Investment fraud
- Telling seniors that they have won a prize that requires them to pay money before it can be claimed
Elder Abuse & Neglect
The lawyers at the Gharibian law firm work with this area of law and can assist you to determine if you have a solid case.
Not every instance of medical malpractice is the same. This can make it complicated at times to prove that there has been some sort of wrong doing.
Personal injury is a category defined by the injury of a person that occurs as a result of the negligence of wrongdoing of an individual or company.
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