What is Dependent Persons Abuse and What You Can Do About It

What is Dependent Persons Abuse and What You Can Do About It

Reports of elder abuse and dependent persons abuse are on the rise throughout California and the entire United States. In this article we delve into what exactly makes up dependent abuse so you are able to spot it and the steps to how you can help.  Elder or dependent persons abuse is defined as a single or repeated series of actions that causes harm or distress to an older person or a dependent such as a child or a disabled person. It is often done at the hands of a spouse, parent, sibling, or even caregiver. It is complex but knowing your rights is necessary to understand the magnitude of these actions. If you are in or around the areas of PleasantonFremont, or OaklandMirador Law is your best resource for making sure you and your loved one are protected. Here is some more information about dependent persons abuse and what you can do to help.

Who is Considered a Dependent?

A dependent person is defined as someone who is between the ages of 18 and 64, who either needs assistance to carry out daily activities, protect their rights or is admitted to a hospital for at least 24 hours. Those who are over 64 are afforded more rights as a senior citizen. Laws governing dependents are similar to those governing elders.

What Constitutes Dependent Abuse?

Abuse of a dependent is abuse of someone ages 18-64 and can range from financial abuse, emotional abuse as well as neglect or abandonment. Some examples include stealing money or benefits, depriving the subject of vital needs to their wellbeing and physical harm. In California there laws that allow dependent abuse victims to obtain restraining orders for protection against their abusers. If you are in or around the areas of Pleasanton, Fremont, or Oakland, the experienced attorneys at Mirador Law can be of service.

What are the Signs, Symptoms and Prevention of Dependent Abuse?

Symptoms vary widely but can include bruises, fractured bones, sprains, sudden injuries, or even non-physical signs like lack of trust or not wanting to be approached. As far as prevention, it is not fair or right to blame the victim for any poor treatment. With this in mind, a restraining order can often be helpful or necessary to prevent further harm to the victim. Anyone can report abuse and obtain a restraining order on behalf of themselves or a loved one. Some ways to prevent the abuse from continuing and maybe halt it completely are to retain control over one’s belongings, maintain close connections with friends or family, and be careful with what information you share especially with someone who has a history of misconduct.

Seeking Compensation for Victims of Abuse

When vulnerable people are abused, there are special laws in place to protect you and your loved ones. Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of the state and federal laws protecting the vulnerable members of our society, including children, dependent adults and elderly individuals, and we have the experience to help you navigate through this very difficult situation. Contact us at Mirador Law for a free initial consultation to learn more.

Abuse can be at the hands of a spouse, close family member, paid or volunteer caregiver, neighbor, or another resident (in a nursing home or other institution). Many times these cases involve more than one defendant – for instance institutional abuse if the abuse has occurred at a care facility. Our attorneys are caring and compassionate, spending time with our clients to fully understand all aspects of their physical and emotional injuries. We will work closely with you every step of the way to make sure you understand your choices and help you make the best decisions for your situation.

Dependent Persons Abuse

Dependent Persons abuse is defined as the abuse of someone between 18 and 64 with mental or physical disabilities that keep him or her from being able to do normal activities or protect himself or herself. If you or a loved one is a dependent adult and has suffered physical, sexual or psychological abuse or neglect, we will work tirelessly to hold the other party responsible.
Contact us at Mirador Laws for a free initial consultation.


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