Nursing home abuse is, unfortunately, an all-too-common reality in the United States. Nursing home abuse can take many forms, including financial exploitation. When trusted caregivers take advantage of vulnerable nursing home residents, whether by improperly managing their assets or illegally stealing their funds, victims and their loved ones can take legal action.
At Anastopoulo Law Firm we assist individuals throughout South Carolina with all types of nursing home abuse cases, including those involving financial abuse. Our legal team has more than 25 years of experience; we are adept at pursuing justice on behalf of our clients. In every instance, our goal is to help our clients recover the maximum compensation they are owed.
If you believe you or your loved one is the victim of financial exploitation, contact our nursing home financial abuse attorneys in South Carolina for a free consultation.
Examples of Nursing Home Financial Abuse
Financial abuse in nursing homes can be difficult to define—and even more difficult to notice. Often, residents themselves are not even aware that they are victims of exploitation. Family members and loved ones may not realize that financial abuse has occurred until the situation has become very serious. It’s important that you have a solid understanding of what constitutes financial abuse so that you can quickly identify it when it occurs.
Examples of nursing home financial abuse and/or exploitation include:
- Forging a resident’s signature on a legal or financial document
- Cashing a check without a resident’s authorization
- Taking money from a resident’s account without permission
- Stealing an item or possession from a resident
- Misusing or mismanaging a resident’s finances
- Coercing, pressuring, or forcing a resident to make certain financial decisions
- Deceiving a resident in order to get him or her to sign a document
These are just some examples of how financial abuse can occur in nursing homes and long-term assisted living facilities. It is also important to note that even an individual who has certain authority over an elderly or disabled person, such as a guardianship/conservatorship or authorized power of attorney, can still misuse or illegally use that power for financial gain. In fact, it is more common for financial abuse to occur when a person has a close relationship with the victim.
Signs of Financial Abuse in Nursing Homes
There are many signs of financial abuse, including:
- Unexplained withdrawals from checking, savings, or retirement accounts
- Changes to a will or trust, including the addition of new beneficiaries
- Changes in any financial or legal document, such as powers of attorney
- Fraudulent signatures on financial and legal documents
- Receiving cheap, generic medications or lacking paid-for medical devices
- Elopement, especially if it is accompanied by changes to legal/financial documents
If you believe that you or your loved one is the victim of financial exploitation, reach out to Anastopoulo Law Firm as soon as possible. Our South Carolina nursing home financial abuse lawyers can help you understand your legal options and take swift action to pursue the justice and fair compensation you are owed. Financial abuse in nursing homes is a form of negligence; our team can work to hold negligent parties accountable.
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