Trusted Santa Barbara Law Firm Protects Loved Ones from Elder Abuse
Elder abuse is a devastating civil and criminal injury. As Californians age, they become more vulnerable to many kinds of abuse. Bertling Law Group has significant legal experience with skilled nursing facilities and the services they offer. Our firm is highly qualified to stop the abuse suffered by your loved one and aggressively pursue injury compensation on their behalf.
According to the California Attorney General, approximately 110,000 people in California live in licensed nursing facilities, while about 150,000 seniors live in licensed residential care settings. Many others live in unlicensed facilities. Elder abuse occurs in all of these settings, and also to seniors who age in place at home. We know the signs of abuse, from undue influence to physical assault, and how to proceed if you suspect your loved one is being abused.
What is elder abuse and what does it look like?
Because many seniors suffer in silence, it is difficult to understand how often elder abuse occurs. Common types of elder abuse include:
Financial abuse: Seniors are vulnerable to theft or appropriation of their property and wealth by caregivers who exercise undue influence and exploit their physical, emotional, or mental fragility. Financial abuse could take the form of emptying financial accounts or arranging to have a caregiver named in estate planning documents. Institutional and family caregivers may exert a controlling authority over the elderly, or may withhold physical care, medication, or food in order to gain control of assets.
Neglect and physical mistreatment: Wherever they live, the elderly may have difficulty reporting that they are being neglected or physically hurt. Memory problems rob seniors of their credibility if they do report something happened to them. Unexplained bruises, injuries, or inadequate hygiene are red flags of potential physical abuse.
Emotional abuse: If your loved one becomes emotionally withdrawn, anxious, and irritated for no apparent reason, make inquiries as to what has changed in their living environment. If you are kept from visiting with your family member privately by staff or caregivers, seek immediate help from authorities and legal counsel.
Sexual assault: Tragically, the elderly, especially those in memory units, can be victims of sexual mistreatment and assault.
When you have concerns about the care of your loved one, or if you suspect someone is exploiting their financial well-being, our law firm provides decisive, rapid legal service. As legal counsel to physicians for more than 30 years, Mr. Bertling has defended medical directors of skilled nursing home facilities and is experienced in identifying liabilities that lead to the injury of residents.
Whether you suspect your loved one is suffering physical abuse, or you become aware an elderly relative has been exploited by a financial scam or unscrupulous caregiver—we can help.
Talk to an experienced elder law attorney in California
With more than 30 years of experience protecting the rights of clients and fighting for maximum compensation on their behalf, Bertling Law Group delivers knowledgeable legal service to individuals and families injured through the negligence or intent of others. Contact us at 844-295-7558 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.