Covington and New Orleans Elder Abuse Attorney Seeks Justice for Seniors
Firm takes action when older people are mistreated
Physical abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly are horrible, widespread problems in today’s society. Law enforcement and elderly services agencies do an admirable job, but in many circumstances, you’ll need a skilled elder abuse lawyer to secure appropriate relief. Louisiana residents can count on our firm for solid advice and representation, and an elder abuse attorney with great experience in dealing with such a crisis. Consult Conroy Law Firm, APLC in Covington and let us help you determine what options you have to stop the mistreatment and obtain compensation to address the abuse your elderly loved one suffered.
Emotional, physical and financial abuse of the elderly
Elder abuse takes many forms, but generally falls into one of these categories:
- Emotional — Verbal threats and intimidation, denigration, ridicule and profane language take an emotional toll. Victims of elder emotional abuse might be kept isolated from human contact, leading to depression. Seniors are also subject to emotional manipulation from caregivers or family members who want something in return. Emotional manipulation is often a key element in financial abuse.
- Physical — Elderly individuals who reside in nursing facilities and who receive home care have been hurt by caregiver physical abuse that includes striking, shaking, rough handling and sexual abuse. Neglect can also cause physical harm due to dehydration, malnutrition and poor hygiene. Physical abuse also takes an emotional and psychological toll on the victim.
- Financial — Older people who are beginning to experience cognitive decline are vulnerable to fraud schemes that rob them of their life savings. Insiders with access to a vulnerable senior might use undue influence to coerce a senior into providing financial gifts and bequests.
Perpetrators can include family members and neighbors who once seemed trustworthy. It is tragic that many caregivers lose sight of their role and abuse those for whom they’re supposed to be caring.
What constitutes financial abuse of the elderly?
When a person takes advantage of a senior’s vulnerability or trust to wrongfully enrich themselves, the taking of property is elder financial abuse. Examples of such abuse include:
- Phone scams
- Mail fraud
- Misappropriation of funds or property
- Theft of funds or belongings
- Manipulation of testamentary documents, such as wills and trusts
Financial crimes against the elderly can rob them of their life savings, forcing them to live their remaining years in hardship. We work to recover misappropriated funds and hold those who took them accountable.
What are the two categories of elderly financial abuse crimes?
We can divide elder financial abuse into two types, according to perpetrators:
- Outsider crimes — These are fraud schemes directed at the elderly by strangers.
- Insider crimes — These are theft crimes perpetrated by those close to the victim, such as fiduciaries, caregivers and relatives.
Carrying for a vulnerable senior in your life means being vigilant against both groups of opportunists. Telltale signs of financial abuse include missing items around the home, sales of securities, withdrawals from financial accounts, revisions of testamentary documents and transfers of title to real property and vehicles. Our firm can help you take legal action against individuals and businesses who are exploiting an elderly loved one, by working to undo fraudulent transfers.
What you should you do if you suspect elder abuse
The National Center on Elder Abuse lists several warning signs of physical and emotional abuse, such as:
- Broken bones
- Failure to thrive
- Weight loss
- Poor hygiene
- Changes in mood, agitation and depression
If you see any of these signs, you should immediately speak to an experienced elder law attorney. There are decisive steps we can take to help you safeguard your senior loved one. Should your loved one reside in a nursing home, we can demand changes to ensure appropriate care and pursue damages for past abuse. We can also draft power of attorney documents to give you legal authority over your loved one’s health, welfare and finances.
Contact a trustworthy Covington elder law attorney to put an end to elder abuse
Conroy Law Firm, APLC provides a wide range of elder law services for clients in the greater New Orleans area. We understand the need to be supportive and informative when dealing with sensitive family law issues like interdiction. To schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable and concerned attorney, call 985-606-3885 or contact us online. We have offices in Covington and Metairie.