Personal Injury Attorney in Stockton Provides a General Overview of Elder Abuse & Neglect
Recent estimates conclude that over 400,000 elder individuals live in nursing homes or elder care facilities in California. Some 7,000 of these care facilities may not be licensed and may not be providing adequate care to their residents. With our rising population, the number of elder individuals and the number of individuals in assisted care will dramatically rise in the near future. That means the cases involving elder abuse will increase as well. If you or someone you know has suffered from elder abuse, speak with a personal injury attorney in Stockton.
In California, elder abuse is considered neglect, exploitation, or “painful or harmful” mistreatment of anyone who is 65 or older. It also protects “dependent” adults aged 18 to 64 from this mistreatment. This covers mental and physical abuse, isolation and abandonment, abduction, and theft. These individuals are at a higher risk for abuse for several reasons, including dementia, physical weakness, isolation from family, accumulated wealth, and a general lack of knowledge or understanding about modern life, such as the internet. There are many different factors that go into these cases and it’s best to speak with a personal injury attorney in Stockton regarding your specific circumstance. (more…)