ELDER ABUSE LAW
Elder law is a broad area of law encompassing numerous areas dealing with the issues faced by one of the fastest growing segments of the society, the elderly. Although elder law incorporates areas of practice such as estate planning, wills and trusts, it also deals with issues pertaining to elder abuse and neglect, and probate litigation.
Many elderly members of society reside in either short term, or long term, care facilities. To many people, the idea of hurting an elderly member of society is incomprehensible. And, although such elderly residents are supposed to receive care that is in their best interest, many are not so fortunate. The abuse of an elderly resident of a nursing home can be physical (such as when an elderly resident is physically kicked, beaten, etc.), sexual (such as when an elderly resident is subjected to sexual contact, fondling, or rape), or due to neglect (such as malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores, etc.). Linnell, Choate, & Webber, LLP represents victims of elder abuse and nursing home abuse, as well as working with a victim’s family through such a traumatic and emotional time. Additionally, Linnell, Choate, & Webber, LLP represents those elderly members of society that have been financially exploited by others where an elderly person’s resources are used without their consent, through illegal and/or improper means, for the benefit of another. This financial abuse can at times occur by caretakers and other professionals in situations where there is a misuse of an elder’s funds via fraud, taking money under false pretenses, forgery, purchasing expensive items with the older person’s money without the older person’s knowledge or permission, just to name a few.
If you, or a loved one, has been the victim of elder abuse, Linnell, Choate, & Webber, LLP may be able to help.