Sacramento Financial Abuse Lawyer
Elder & Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in Sacramento, CA
One way an older person may suffer from elder abuse is through the unauthorized use or exploitation of their finances. Because an elderly person is weaker and more susceptible to bullying, other individuals can threaten them and/or force the elderly person to pay them unlawfully, or they may simply steal the assets through wrongful access to their accounts or unauthorized use of their credit cards. Such abuse can result in severe financial damage or ruin for the victim, even resulting in poverty.
At Newman Law Group LLP, our Sacramento financial abuse lawyer can help you and your loved one hold the person responsible for this type of abuse accountable.
What to Do If Someone You Love Is Suffering Financial Abuse
If someone you love appears to have suffered a sudden drop in income or are struggling to make payments, buy food, or live at the comfort level they were at before, financial abuse may be the cause. Abuse victims may be afraid to speak about their abuser or be afraid to do so because of threats, so it is your duty as their friend or family member to find out who is causing them to suffer and to hold them responsible for their cruelty. Consult with a Sacramento elder abuse attorney today for excellent advice and guidance in the detailed legal process.
Call us at (916) 900-1114 to schedule your free case evaluation.
Recognizing the Signs of Financial Abuse
It is crucial to recognize the warning signals that an elderly person is being abused financially. When you suspect that foul play has occurred, you can quickly take the necessary steps to help the elderly resident recover their finances and ensure these are better managed in future events.
Often the perpetrators who are financially taking advantage of the elderly will demonstrate suspicious behaviors, including:
- Utilizing the victim’s property or possessions without their authority
- Making the patient add their signature to deeds, a will, or even a power of attorney which would allow the perpetrator to have full responsibility to the resident and take control of finances when the individual passes
- Forging the elderly resident’s signature, under the guise of “helping,” onto important documents or checks
- Charging the elderly person’s credit cards without any permission
- Directly stealing money or other items of property from the elderly person
- Promising lifelong care and protection so long as the elderly person consents to bestowing property or money to them
Why Are the Elderly Targeted?
Tragically, elderly residents tend to be not only the most abused patients at a hospital or care home, but even some of the most abused in society, precisely because many do not have the physical, mental, emotional, social, or financial means to assert their cause.
Some of the reasons why elderly residents are such appealing targets to perpetrators of financial abuse are because:
- Elderly residents are often unable or unfamiliar to use technology, especially in relation to carefully managing their own finances.
- Abusers often believe that an elderly person’s frailty will lead to their early death before anyone can more closely examine the finances for traces of fraud.
- The elderly victim often may not be aware that their assets have changed and will thus not know that someone has stolen from them.
- The resident may be so physically or mentally debilitated that they are unable to take action or contact authorities.
Learn how we could help by calling (916) 900-1114 today for a free initial consultation.
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After a critical two months where our client was not bathed and multiple changes of condition went uncommunicated, unreported, and uncared for, she was ambulance out to an Emergency Room, where her doctors and family were shocked to find that she had a stage IV sacral decubitus ulcer.
Unbeknownst to prospective residents and their families, this defendant RCFE chain was willing to systematically violate laws and its own policies designed to protect vulnerable elders. Willing to admit scores of profitable, high need residents (such as our client), and leave them at the mercy of a few unqualified, untrained and overburdened caregivers.
Through exhaustive investigation, we found that our client’s death was not the result of a few isolated mistakes by care-givers. Rather, it was the result of this corporate facility’s policies prioritizing occupancy and revenue, while ignoring staff training, staff supervision, and the quality of care being delivered.
While eating dinner at a Skilled Nursing Facility, our client was confronted by another resident who punched him, resulting in our client’s tragic death. The other resident had resided at the facility for five months, and over the course of those five months had engaged in numerous altercations with other residents, including two altercations that occurred in the 24-hour period before he assaulted and killed our client.
During our client’s roughly ten-week stay at a skilled nursing facility, he would suffer 8 falls, lose twenty (20) pounds, and develop an unstageable left heel pressure ulcer and a stage II coccyx pressure ulcer due to the facility’s reckless neglect. He was transferred to the hospital, where he was found severely dehydrated, his left heel wound required debridement for eschar and gangrene, and for the first time, a stage II coccyx ulcer was identified.
Our 84-year-old client was the victim of financial elder abuse related to a number of transactions, including the purchase of a home. The Defendant's real estate agents, lender, and escrow company all failed to protect our client throughout the process of purchasing the home, which was orchestrated by a woman who fraudulently siphoned off our client’s entire life savings.
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