If you or your loved one noticed missing money or other personal items that could be of value to somebody else, you should contact law enforcement, then call a lawyer to pursue compensation for your loved one’s losses.
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Just One Form of Elder Mistreatment
In 2018, the World Health Organization reported that one in six people aged 60 and older experienced some form of elder abuse while living in a nursing home or assisted-living facility over a single year. Financial exploitation qualifies as mistreatment for which your loved one may be entitled to compensation.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, some possible signs that someone financially exploited your loved one include:
- Missing cash.
- Missing valuables, especially expensive items such as jewelry.
- Unexplained withdrawals from your loved one’s bank account.
- Unexplained purchases, especially from stores where your loved one does not typically shop.
- Changes to your loved one’s financial information, such as names on bank accounts.
- Unexpected changes to your loved one’s will
If you suspect that someone financially exploited your loved one, consider any of the following people:
- Nursing home staff, including caretakers.
- Family members.
- Administrators at the nursing home or assisted-living facility where your loved one resides.
If someone with financial motives took advantage of your loved one, it may indicate that other forms of mistreatment are taking place.
Know the Signs of Mistreatment
If somebody takes advantage of your loved one financially, what would stop them from engaging in other forms of mistreatment?
What to Look for
As the protector of your loved one, you should be aware of and be on the look out for possible signs that someone is mistreating your loved one in ways aside from financial exploitation. Possible signs of mistreatment, according to the National Institute on Aging, may include:
- Changes in your loved one’s demeanor, such as a depressed mood.
- Withdrawing from activities that your loved one typically enjoys.
- Showing signs of physical trauma, such as bruising, cuts, scrapes, burns, and more serious injuries, such as broken bones.
- Showing signs of anxiety and fear, such as rapid weight loss, hair loss, rocking back and forth, tapping their foot incessantly, or recoiling from your touch.
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Signs of Neglect
Keep in mind that neglect can take place in a nursing home or assisted-living facility, especially by staffers who might perpetrate or permit financial exploitation. Possible signs of neglect neglected include:
- The presence of bedsores, which may indicate inadequate bathing or that staff does not regularly rotate your loved one in their bed.
- Frequent infections.
- A disheveled appearance, such as messy hair, an unshaven face, and dirty clothing.
- Poor personal hygiene, such as unbrushed teeth and infrequent bathing, leading to noticeable body odor.
- A downturn in your loved one’s personality, including their emotional state.
If you sense something is wrong with your loved one, you should pursue any suspicions of mistreatment. Call a Berwyn missing money or personal items lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation.
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Call Law Enforcement, Then Call a Lawyer
If you suspect that your loved one suffered abuse, neglect, exploitation, or some combination of these, then you should call law enforcement. The next step should be to call a lawyer and advise them of your suspicions of mistreatment towards your loved one.
A Berwyn missing money or personal items lawyer will be able to advise you on how to protect your loved one and pursue any compensation that the law allows. A law firm can help you by:
- Speaking with you about options for getting your loved one into a safe environment.
- Advising you on the ramifications of notifying or not notifying the administrators of your loved one’s nursing home or assisted living facility of your suspicions and any intentions you have to bring legal action.
- Filing your case in court as soon as possible.
- Collecting any available evidence of wrongdoing by parties who have mistreated your loved one, such as videotape of abuse or neglect.
- Employing financial experts to investigate any inconsistencies in your loved one’s financial records that may indicate exploitation.
- Reaching out to lawyers for the accused individual(s) to see if they plan to offer a settlement.
- Completing every step required to bring your case to a conclusion, whether as a judgement or settlement.
- Defending you and your loved one’s rights throughout the legal process.
If your lawyer proves that your loved one suffered mistreatment while in their nursing home or assisted-living facility, you could be entitled to compensation for related losses.
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Possible Compensation from Your Loved One’s Case
If your case results in a settlement or favorable judgement, you may collect compensation covering:
- The cost of your loved one’s stay at the nursing home or assisted-living facility where the mistreatment took place.
- The cost of any medical care that may have been related to mistreatment or abuse.
- The value of stolen items.
- The cost of other financial theft that has taken place.
- Pain and suffering resulting from the mistreatment.
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