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Dependent adults are all too often victims of abuse. Whether the abuse occurs in the victim’s home or in an adult family home or in a nursing home, the result is equally devastating.
Elder Abuse Should Not Be Tolerated
Vulnerable adults may be subject to the same types of abuse as children. This abuse can come in the form of physical abuse, neglect, mental cruelty, psychological and emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. Vulnerable adults may also be abused by their caretakers through financial exploitation. In these instances, money that is supposed to go for the care and welfare of vulnerable adults is instead used by caretakers for their own personal benefit.
Abuse is Not Only Wrong, But in Most Cases it Constitutes a Crime
In Washington, we have laws that have been enacted to protect the welfare of seniors and vulnerable adults. While all crimes are wrong, offenses against vulnerable adults and children are particularly egregious, as these individuals do not have the appropriate capacity to protect themselves.
When abuse against vulnerable adults occurs in foster homes, we are their voice. The only means of protecting the interests of vulnerable adults is to see that those responsible for the abuse or neglect are held accountable for their wrongdoing. When this abuse or wrongdoing rises to what we believe to be a criminal offense, we can inform prosecutors of such matters.
We Seek to Identify All Parties Responsible for the Abuse of Vulnerable Adults and to Hold Those Parties Accountable
Often, there will be more than one person or party responsible for the abuse. Responsible parties can include caretakers and, in some cases, the State of Washington, which manages elder care through the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (“DSHS”). After we identify all persons and parties who we believe are responsible for abuse and neglect, we then formulate a strategy for seeking recovery and holding accountable all those who we believe to be legally liable.
If Your Loved One has been the Subject of Abuse or Neglect, Please Call Us
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation so that we can learn about the facts and circumstances of the abuse or neglect. We typically accept vulnerable adult foster care abuse and neglect cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no fee to us unless and until we recover a settlement or award. Once we learn about the case of your loved one, we can explain the legal options available for seeking recovery for the abuse and neglect inflicted.
Please call us today at 206-388-0333 to get started.