Who can be defined as an elderly man in the US? Well, this differs from one state to the other. In Florida and California, anyone exceeding 65 is called an elderly citizen. Again, in Massachusetts, Illinois and New York, anyone exceeding 60 can be called an elder.
Just like a number of nations in the world, the epidemic of elder abuse has also affected the US. It is a widespread problem. Yet, the Department of Justice, in one of its most recent reports has reported just 1 in 23 cases of elder abuse are duly reported. The National Council on Aging shares observes that by 2040, 1 in 10 senior citizens could be susceptible to physical and/or emotional abuse. And in all likeness, this will be at the hands of their caretakers and family.
That being said, it is high time that you know about the basics of elder abuse law.
About Civil Liability
Civil liability that crops up from elder abuse can be managed from the state level. In fact, a number of states allow partial or complete recovery of disciplinary damages. You can also hire Barr & Young Lawyers who will help you procure court expenses, attorney’s charges, as well as other compensatory factors. Your members of family, caretakers and nursing home can also be subjected to lawsuit. When it comes to anybody failing to get sufficient care, financial fraudulences, over-prescribed medicines, seeking legal help is just a matter of time. You can also seek legal aid if you have been subjected to any type of physical assaults, or just any type of exploitations.
Monetary Elder Abuse
This is another public epidemic. Elders are often found to be victims of illegal property retention, conning and forceful takeover of properties. Sadly enough, a lion’s share of such misdeeds are seen to be committed by their personal caregivers, relatives and children. Nevertheless, the most upsetting abuses crop up when seasoned con men pose up as their financial advisors or trustees.
Definition of Elder Isolation
Under the jurisdiction of the California Elder Abuse law, isolation can refer to a number of situations. For example, this will include debarring any elder or dependent adult from getting access to his or her mails and phone calls. This can also refer to false imprisonment, or physical/ forceful restraint. An elder can also be called isolated if she or he is not allowed to stay in touch with friends, relations, neighbors or acquaintances.
Barr & Young Lawyers can help reap the benefits of the legal help if you feel of being ‘isolated’. However, the prevailing law offers two defenses for caregivers who are alleged of isolating elders. If your caregiver performs such an action as per the instructions given by a practicing physician, then it will not be called an act of isolation. Your people will also be debarred from any allegations if they ‘isolate’ you in response to any evident perceived threat to your safety. Hope you have a safe, secured and carefree living.