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LAW OFFICE OF SARA B. POSTER
Elder Abuse and Neglect
Many of our vulnerable elderly are neglected, abused, and exploited. Incidents of elder abuse often go unreported, allowing wrongdoers to escape the consequences of their actions and avoid compensating their victims. 

Know the Signs of Abuse
Take immediate action if your loved one exhibits warning signs of abuse. Some common signs include the following:

Physical Injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Bed sores
  • Bruises
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Poor hygiene
 
Emotional or Behavioral Changes
  • Complaints of poor treatment
  • Agitation
  • Frequent crying
  • Withdrawal
  • Isolation
  • Heightened anxiety
  • Nervousness around family and friends
 
Financial Injuries
  • Suspicious bank account activity
  • Unpaid bills despite available resources
  • Missing belongings
  • Sudden changes to important legal documents, such as wills and trusts
  • Quality of care provided is below what available resources can afford
  • Sudden sale of property or assets
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities provide care to a large and growing number of elderly individuals in California and nationwide. Unfortunately, the care many of our elderly receive does not measure up to the quality of service these facilities claim to provide. These facilities are often more concerned with maximizing their profits at any cost, leaving many of their vulnerable elderly residents abused and neglected.   
 
Elderly individuals commonly suffer from the lack of adequate attention to their needs, understaffing of the facilities, and insufficient training of caregivers. These issues often result in careless mistakes and instances of neglect, causing substantial pain and suffering to elders as well as their loved ones.
 
Our elderly are also frequently the victims of financial abuse.  Financial elder abuse occurs when one preys on an elder and steals his or her money or property. While financial elder abuse may be more difficult to spot than physical abuse, it can be just as devastating. If a victim’s financial resources are stolen, he or she can be cheated out of his or her life savings and other valuable property. As a result, the elder’s financial situation could worsen to the point at which it becomes impossible for him or her to continue receiving necessary care and maintain his or her standard of living.
 
Although elder abuse is on the rise, incidents are rarely reported to appropriate authorities. Victims may be hesitant to complain for fear of embarrassment or retaliation, and their loved ones might be unaware of the abuse. As such, it is critical that elders and their loved ones look out for and promptly address any signs of abuse.   
 
If you are a victim of elder abuse or are concerned that a loved one may be suffering from elder abuse, we can help.  We take action against the responsible parties to ensure that they are held accountable, and obtain the justice and compensation elder abuse victims deserve.