Georgia Elder Care Provider Faces 251 Counts of Elder Abuse and Fraud
Recently, a Savannah woman was indicted on multiple charges of elder abuse and fraud after exploiting an elderly woman in her care, highlighting the growing problems of elder abuse. The elder caregiver was in charge of a 91 year old woman, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She allegedly used the woman's credit card and financial information to steal at least $21,000. Overall, she defrauded the victim about 181 different times during the one year the woman was in her care and faces additional charges involving another elderly couple in her care, from whom she allegedly stole close to $4,500.
Financial Abuse Against Seniors is a Growing Problem
Financial fraud is thought to be the fastest growing form of elder abuse. Financial elder abuse can include any illegal or improper use of a senior's money or other property. Elder abuse is a crime and it is also grounds for a civil lawsuit. Nursing home abuse cases can be launched against institutions that allow staff or others to prey upon residents. Abused seniors might be eligible for compensation including the cost of medical bills, pain and suffering, financial losses and loss of enjoyment of life.
Most nursing homes take care of their residents and do not commit criminal acts. However, nursing home employees and caregivers are often paid a relatively low wage. When you combine this factor with the fact that most nursing home residents' financial information is on file, it is easy to see why financial exploitation of the elderly is becoming so common. To prevent a loved one from being a victim of financial exploitation, the following, among others, are some signs that could indicate your loved one is being financially abused:
- The addition of unexplained transactions on the victim's bank account;
- Missing funds or missing valuables;
- Sudden changes in the elderly individual's bank account, including withdrawals of large sums of money; and
- Sudden transfer of assets or changes in their will.
To recognize these steps, you will need to stay on top of your elderly relative's finances. This could include obtaining power of attorney or being added as an authorized party on bank statements so that you can ensure funds are not missing. It might be wise to place valuables in a safe or other place where staff and visitors cannot easily access them. Vigilantly watch the nursing home and your loved one to ensure there are no apparent signs of abuse, not just financial abuse, but abuse of any kind.
If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected by a nursing care facility, consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will help ensure your loved one is no longer exposed to the abusive situation and receives the compensation he or she deserves.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 30 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!
If your elderly relative is abused by a nursing home or care provider, he or she should be entitled to compensation. The Georgia Elder Abuse Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, can assist your family in seeking an elder abuse lawsuit. Our firm offers over 30 years of experience in elder abuse and personal injury cases and represent personal injury victims and their families throughout the State of Georgia and in the Southeast. Prompt action is vital to the success of your elder abuse case. As such, do not delay in seeking legal assistance as your time to file a claim after abusive action is limited.
Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.