If you or a loved one is being subjected to elder abuse, you probably are wondering how to report it. Any serious mistreatment can be reported to the police, and it’s also possible to file a lawsuit for injuries suffered. However, it’s important to hire a skilled elder abuse attorney for the case. Here’s what you need to know about reporting it:
1. It’s important to file the report quickly
In order to successfully file charges, you’ll need to make sure you file the case before the statute of limitations runs out. The length of time that this will take varies depending on the specific case. For instance, the crime of assault has a statute of limitations of one year in California.
If you attempt to file a criminal charge after the statute of limitations, you will be unable to do so. Not only is there a statute of limitations for criminal charges, but there is also a statute of limitations for civil cases as well.
2. Call 911 if the situation is an emergency
If you or a loved one is in immediate danger, it’s important to call 911 right away. After the police arrive, you will be able to file a report. The abuser, victim, and individual filing the report will be questioned by the police about the incident. If there is evidence of elder abuse, it will be possible to file a criminal case against the abuser.
3. Call adult protective services
If an elderly individual is being abused, you can call adult protective services. Adult protective services intervene when an elderly or disabled individual is being exploited and/or harassed by his or her caregivers. Report any financial, physical, or verbal abuse to adult protective services.
4. The process will depend on where the elder abuse occurred
You will have to fill out forms when you are reporting it, and the specific forms that you’ll need to fill out will depend on where the abuse occurred and the type of abuse that you or your loved one is suffering. The police or adult protective services will guide you. Furthermore, your elder abuse attorney will help you through the process.