Dependent Adult Abuse
Dependent adult abuse is an all too common occurrence in California. When individuals over the age of 18 are dependent on treatment and care for physical and mental health needs, their caretakers often have the opportunity to take advantage of their trusted position and exploit these dependent individuals for their own personal benefit or financial gain. Dependent adult abuse happens to persons with developmental disabilities, the elderly, individuals with mental illness and various other conditions that render a person unable to adequately care for themselves. Established law, in California, provides for and protects these vulnerable individuals and provides civil remedies including monetary damages.
Any individual harmed by a negligent act or the intentional wrongdoing of another person or entity may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and for the pain and emotional distress the abuse caused. Victims of dependent adult abuse may be awarded attorney’s fees and punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded based on the egregiousness of a defendant’s conduct and are designed to punish and deter future like conduct.
In cases of suspected dependent adult abuse, it is necessary to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the allegations, the suspected abuser, the facility or facilities involved, and anyone involved in the hiring, training, and retaining of the suspected abuser.
Contact Our Dependent Adult Abuse Attorney
If you suspect that you or a dependent adult you know has been the victim of physical abuse, financial abuse, or other forms of abuse, contact the dependent adult abuse attorney at Moss Hovden at 877-959-6606 for a free consultation. The consultation is confidential.