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Nationally between one to two million Americans who are 65 or older have been injured, exploited or mistreated by someone they once trusted. California’s lawmakers recognized how difficult it was for individuals to remedy these injustices through civil litigation. California laws designed to protect elders and deter abuse include the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. These allow elders and their fiduciaries to prosecute predators civilly to recover the elders’ assets and deter future abuse.

The Scott Law Firm draws from our team’s extensive experience with civil-rights litigation to represent elders, fiduciaries, and their families. Our firm is one of the few in Northern California that has the competence to handle these difficult cases. We are proven advocates for those who cannot speak for themselves in state and federal courts.

Financial Abuse: To an alarming degree, unscrupulous people are providing elders with inaccurate information about housing and health-care costs to lure them into virtually giving away their assets. Financial-abuse victims often transfer their assets to new “friends” interested only in personal gain to the detriment of the elder. This may involve the purchase of unnecessary or harmful services, products or investments. Often the elder is duped into “agreeing” to transfer her assets to purchase unsuitable assets including annuities, loans or reverse mortgages. Victims are often cheated out of their savings, their homes, and their dignity.

Neglect/Physical Abuse: Neglect and physical abuse covers a spectrum of misconduct which results in impairment, pain, serious injury, or death. Also, the improper use of drugs, physical restraints, forced feeding, or physical punishment may qualify as physical abuse. Neglect or physical abuse often results tragically.

Elder abuse can be prevented if fiduciaries and family members intervene promptly.

Please contact the proper authorities in California if you suspect that elder abuse is occurring. Call the Statewide Elder Services locator number at (800) 510-2020 for your county’s Adult Protective Services or ombudsman telephone numbers.

Over the past 30 years, our firm’s lawyers have tried over 130 cases to verdict, obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, handled over 100 appeals, and were counsel of record in more than 25 published decisions.

Please note: We do not give tax advice or get involved in securities litigation.

Current Scott News

Judge: San Francisco police justified in shooting man in wheelchair - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A federal judge ruled San Francisco police were justified in shooting a man in a wheelchair two years ago.

On January 4, 2011 cellphone video of the incident was taken. It shows two officers firing at Randal Dunklin after he had slashed an officer in the shoulder.

The officers say Dunklin continued to be a threat, even after they fired a bean bag at him. Dunklin, who suffers from mental problems, was acquitted of wrongdoing, but filed a civil suit against police for excessive force.

The judge didn't buy it. Dunklin's attorney, John Scott, is outraged.

"Even if the shooting is on videotape and appears to be outrageous, that if a person can somehow claim self-defense, that the person is protected by the law," said Scott.

Dunklin plans to appeal the ruling to the Ninth District Court of appeals.

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