Lori Costanzo: Elder Abuse and Malpractice Lawyer
Many attorneys are driven by the desire to be an advocate for the most vulnerable people in our society. Two areas where a dedicated and compassionate law firm can make a real difference are elder abuse and professional malpractice. Here are some ways to know if you may need the help of a San Jose elder abuse lawyer or San Jose malpractice lawyer.
What is Elder Abuse?
The most insidious aspect of elder abuse is that it often occurs at the hands of people who the victim trusts most: caregivers, family members, and financial or other advisors. It involves acts of neglect, exploitation, or mistreatment, not only of anyone over age 65, but also of anyone between 18 and 64 years of age who is legally defined as a “dependent adult.”
Abuse can be physical, psychological, or financial. As abhorrent and unthinkable as physical abuse may be, other forms of abuse are typically more difficult to detect, and consequently may remain undetected for some time.
One of the primary warning signs of a potentially abusive situation is when a caregiver isolates an elderly person. Does the caregiver prevent friends and family from visiting, or place obstacles in the way? Is the caregiver always present when visits occur, never leaving the person alone with his or her visitors? Any unexpected changes in banking or estate planning should also be viewed cautiously, and investigated if necessary.
Unfortunately, abuse in nursing homes has been on the rise in recent years. It is imperative to visit as often as possible and to look for signs such as changes in appearance, changes in behavior, and unexplained injuries.
San Jose Malpractice Attorney Explains Medical Malpractice
Professional malpractice is defined as the breach of a standard of care or standard of conduct by a member of a certain profession. When most people seek the services of a professional, they place a great deal of trust in that individual. Very often, they rely entirely on the professional’s advice or skills because the matter is complex, and goes beyond what they can handle by themselves. For example, lawyers, doctors, dentists, accountants, architects, and real estate brokers are entrusted with matters vital to people’s well being. If such a professional violates someone’s trust, a legal course of action may ensue.
Contact a Lawyer for Legal Advice
Lori Costanzo has been championing the rights of those in need for over 25 years as a San Jose elder abuse/malpractice lawyer. For questions you may have on any legal matter, Ms. Costanzo may be reached at 408-993-8493.