Southern California Elder Abuse Attorneys
California elder abuse lawyers can make a difference in your settlement
The Lawyers at Khashan Law are among Southern California’s most respected elder abuse law firms. Led by skilled and aggressive trial lawyers with more than 25-years of combined experience, the law firm sets the standard to protect our seniors and dependent adults from neglect and abuse.
One unexpected result of American’s increased life expectancy is a parallel increase in the occurrences of elder abuse. The definition of elder abuse according the the World Health Organization, is defined as:
A single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.
Elder abuse takes many different forms, some involving intimidation or threats against the elderly, some involving neglect, and others involving financial scams and exploitation. Sometimes the abuse of elders comes at the hands of family members; while other times it comes from paid caregivers, either in the home or in facilities. A reputable elder abuse attorney can help bring these people to justice.
Elder Abuse as a Crime with Actionable Consequences
Elder abuse cases that end up in the courts refers to the intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or “trusted” individual that lead to, or may lead to the harm of a vulnerable elder person. Neglect, physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse; verbal abuse and threats; financial abuse and financial exploitation, sexual abuse, and abandonment are all forms of elder abuse that can be actionable. We can advise if you or a loved-one has an actionable case.
Who is at Risk for Elder Abuse
Elder abuse can happen any where any time. occur anywhere — in the home or in a retirement, senior living or nursing home facility. Elder abuse affects seniors across all socio-economic levels, cultures, and races. Dementia is often a significant risk factor as are mental health and substance abuse of both elder victims and their abusers. Isolation, such as where a family member or paid care giver tends to an elder in the elder’s home is also a document risk factor. Finally, women and significantly older elders are more likely to be victims.
What are the Warning Signs of Elder Abuse
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has laid out the “gold standard” of the warning signs to look out for. While one sign does not necessarily indicate abuse, some tell-tale signs that there could be a problem are:
- Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns may be an indication of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment.
- Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, and unusual depression may be indicators of emotional abuse.
- Bruises around the breasts or genital area can occur from sexual abuse.
- Sudden changes in financial situations may be the result of exploitation.
- Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and unusual weight loss are indicators of possible neglect.
- Behavior such as belittling, threats, and other uses of power and control by spouses are indicators of verbal or emotional abuse.
- Strained or tense relationships, frequent arguments between the caregiver and elderly person are also signs.
Most Cases of Elder Abuse go Unreported
Unfortunately, most cases of senior abuse go unreported. Research indicates that more than one in ten elders may experience some type of abuse but only one in five cases are reported. Upshot? Very few seniors who have been abused ever receive the help they need.
The Elder Abuse attorneys at Khashan Law represent elders and the family members of elders in Southern California fight for the rights of their elder family members and to be adequately compensated for elder abuse and nursing home abuse including dehydration, malnutrition, bed sores, broken bones, wrongful death and other instances of abuse and neglect. Our highly experienced and aggressive trial lawyers possess a deep compassion for victims of elder abuse and nursing home negligence and neglect, and seek to provide justice and remuneration to such victims.
Contingency Fee Basis = NO Out-of-Pocket Costs to get started
At Khashan Law, we represent elder abuse and other personal injury victims on a contingency fee basis. If we don’t obtain a settlement or money judgment for you, we don’t receive a fee. Southern California Elder Abuse Attorneys at Khashan Law have been providing experienced, aggressive representation to elder abuse and nursing home abuse victims and their families. Let us put our 25-years of combined expertise to work for you!
The law imposes a time limit within which a personal injury claim must be filed. If you wait too long to contact a personal injury attorney after an incident of Elder Abuse is observed or uncovered, you may lose the right to receive monetary compensation for you or your family members physical or emotional injuries. Don’t let this happen! Call a Southern California Elder Abuse Lawyer at Khashan Law today to set up your free consultation!