Orange County Elder Abuse Lawyers
Millions of Dollars Recovered by Former Defense Attorneys
Many of us have elderly relatives and, often, many of them require the kind of help and assistance we are generally not qualified to provide. Therefore, we entrust their wellbeing to qualified caregivers who can help our loved ones better than we could, or so we believe.
Unfortunately, elder abuse is a ubiquitous problem that affects millions. It is estimated more than 2 million cases of elder abuse are reported every year. Despite this large number, elder abuse continues to occur regularly in nursing homes and with in-home caregivers. Elder abuse cannot be tolerated.
Fighting Back Against Elder Abuse in Orange County
At the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg, our Orange County elder abuse lawyers are here to fight on your behalf to protect your loved one and ensure they are taken care of. With decades of experience as former insurance defense attorneys, our firm has the advantage of knowing how the opposition operates. We take the time to understand your situation in order to build a case that is tailor-fit to your needs. As a result of our approach, our firm has obtained more than $500 million on behalf of our clients.
Contact the Law Office of Marshall Silberberg at (949) 565-4281 to see if you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation. With offices in Irvine and Los Angeles, we strive to be accessible to our clients. Se habla Español.
Types of Elder Abuse & Signs to Look Out For
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hundreds of thousands of adults ages 60 and over are abused, neglected, and financially exploited each year. The following is an overview of the most common types of elder abuse. If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of abuse, call our Orange County elder abuse lawyers immediately to discuss your options.
This is one of the more obvious forms of abuse. It involves physical violence or force, resulting in either impairment, bodily injury, or pain to the elderly victim.
Some of the signs you should look out for include:
- Abrasions or burns
- Broken or fractured bones
- Unexplained bruising
- Other signs of trauma, such as hair or tooth loss
Additionally, you should also be aware of whether or not your loved one had to visit an outside health care facility to treat any injuries, as well as conflicting stories about how injuries were sustained and long delays between when an injury occurred and when it was treated.
Emotional abuse will not result in broken bones and bruises, but it is still incredibly harmful and results in severe mental anguish through the use of humiliation, threats, and other more insidious means.
Some of the signs you should be aware of include:
- Depression and low-self esteem
- Outwardly anxious or hesitant attitude
- Unexplained rapid weight loss or weight gain
Your elderly loved one might also exhibit some behavioral red flags, including confusion or depression, agitation or non-responsiveness, trouble sleeping, and fear.
Neglect is another common form of abuse and it is often a result of understaffing, though it is also possible for it to be deliberate. Either way, neglect poses a serious risk to an elderly person’s wellbeing.
Some common signs of elder neglect include:
- Skin rashes
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- The absence of certain medical aids
- Unexplained or worsening chronic condition
- Lack of proper clothing
Additionally, some behavioral signs that might indicate your elderly loved one is being neglected include nightmares, self-destructive behavior, regressive behavior, signs of emotional distress, confusion or disorientation, and appearing emotionally withdrawn.
It might seem unconscionable for anyone to engage in this kind of behavior, but due to their vulnerability, our elderly loved ones are often subject to sexual abuse, which includes:
- Unwanted touching
- Sexual assault
- Coerced nudity,
- Taking pictures without consent.
Some of the most common signs of sexual abuse include unexplained STDs, bruises on the genitals or breasts, underwear that is ripped or bloody, and unexplained genital infections. Female residents are more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than their male counterparts. Sadly, only approximately 30 percent of sexual abuse cases are reported.
More and more residents are being financially exploited by caregivers who steal money and credit cards or forge checks from their accounts. Some staff members force patients to change their will or sign over their property rights. However, financial exploitation can also be caused by family members.
Be on the lookout for any strange or unexplained financial transactions in your loved one's name.
If you suspect that your loved one may be subject to abuse, don’t wait for the situation to resolve itself - get legal help immediately. Our elder abuse attorneys in Orange County are standing by to discuss your case. Call (949) 565-4281.