Elder Abandonment: A Crime Under California Law
Was Your Loved One Abandoned?
Abuses against the elderly are terrible and sadly they come in many different forms. While elder abuse can encompass physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect among others, it also takes the form of abandonment.
At Newman Law Group, LLP, our entire practice is devoted to protecting the elderly from unthinkable crimes. With 30 years of combined experience and over 50 trials taken to verdict, you can be absolutely confident in our ability to advocate on behalf of your loved one. Elderly abandonment is a crime under California law and our Sacramento elder care attorneys stand ready to help you bring justice to the person or facility who placed your family member in harm's way.
Elder Abandonment Laws in California
Some states criminalize the act of abandoning an elderly person, and California is one of them. For example, under Penal Code §368(c), anyone who abandons an elder under circumstances or conditions other than those likely to produce great bodily harm or death are guilty of a misdemeanor.
Penalties for any individuals who cause or permit the infliction of pain or mental suffering on an elderly or dependent adult under conditions or circumstances that are likely to cause great bodily injury or death are:
- Imprisonment in county jail for one year, or in state prison for 2 - 4 years
- If the victim suffered great bodily injury or death: 7 years
Abandonment – a Dangerous Form of Elder Abuse
The National Center on Elder Abuse defines abandonment as the desertion of an elderly person by someone who has assumed responsibility for providing care for the senior, or by an individual who has physical custody of the elder. There are signs of elderly abandonment that family and other caretakers should look out for.
Signs of abandonment include, but are not limited to:
- Deserting an elderly person at a hospital, nursing, or long-term facility
- Deserting an elderly person at a public location
- The elderly person reports that they were abandoned
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Seek Help From an Experienced Elder Abandonment attorney
While abandonment does not involve direct physical abuse, it's physical and physiological effects can be equally severe. If your loved one was abandoned by a trusted caregiver, we urge you seek help from our Sacramento elder abuse attorneys.
In a free case evaluation, a Sacramento elder care attorney will listen carefully to your situation and thoroughly explain your legal options for elderly abandonment. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients and we would be honored to help bring justice to those who harmed your loved one. Our elder care attorneys have extensive knowledge of elder law in California. If you or a loved one need an elder law attorney near you, contact our elder care law firm.
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