Too often, our oldest, frailest and most vulnerable citizens fall victim to abuse, neglect and are exploited. These victims often cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. In fact, each year thousands of elderly people succumb to abuse and neglect, and many times the abusers are family members, friends or trusted others. In general, elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living. Laws have been passed in all 50 states, including California, of course, to help prevent elder abuse.
At Chain | Cohn | Stiles, our attorneys for decades have focused on helping victims and families who have experienced elder abuse.
In fact, David Stiles, who serves as “of counsel” at the law firm, has been a panelist and legal service provider for the California Association of Nursing Home Reform and been recognized as one of the most respected elder abuse lawyers in California. And he has also obtained several six-figure results on behalf of his clients who were victims of elder abuse. He’s also an expert in the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Care and Protection Act, or EADACPA. This law was passed in 1981 to protect elder, over the age of 65, and dependent adults from abuse and exploitation.
“We can do a lot now to recover damages for families who have experienced tragedy with a loved one in nursing care or assisted living,” Stiles said.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, about 5 million cases of elder abuse get reported every year; however, only about one in every 23 cases get reported. It can happen in a nursing home, in the home of your loved ones by an in-home nurse, or ever over the phone or on the Internet.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of elder abuse or neglect, please contact our law firm immediately.