Columbia, S.C. (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
South Carolina elder abuse and neglect lawyer Bert Louthian today echoed a recent statement by the state’s Attorney General and urged Palmetto State residents to take a stand against financial abuse of the elderly.
According to the Associated Press, the Attorney General stated that financial abuse of the elderly costs victims nearly $3 billion a year.
“Elder abuse in the form of financial fraud is a crime everyone should care about and work as much as they can to stop,” said Louthian, a partner with Louthian Law Firm, P.A., a South Carolina personal injury firm based in Columbia.
The Louthian Law Firm investigates elderly and nursing home patient neglect and abuse cases across South Carolina. The firm’s website provides a variety of information about South Carolina elder abuse. The Louthian Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for personal injury victims and the families of wrongful death victims across the state.
According to Louthian, those who commit financial abuse of the elderly can include family members, such as estranged family members who take a sudden interest in the elder’s welfare, and non-family members who provide daily care and come into close contact with the elderly.
The forms of abuse can range from investment scams and fraudulent use of the victim’s power of attorney or conservatorship to misuse of ATM cards, credit cards and bank account funds.
“Unfortunately, advances in technology have made financial abuse of the elderly easier,” Louthian said. “It is a growing concern among those of us who work to protect senior citizens from theft and abuse or to recover funds after the fact of abuse.”
In addition to reporting abuse of the elderly to law enforcement officials, it’s also important to contact an attorney to learn of one’s legal options, Louthian said.
“Elder abuse should be confronted,” Louthian said. “Our firm will continue to be dedicated to making sure that the rights of our state’s elderly citizens are protected.”
About The Louthian Law Firm
The Louthian Law Firm, P.A., of Columbia, S.C., has been obtaining fair compensation for personal injury victims since 1959. The firm was founded by Herbert Louthian, who has more than 50 years of trial experience and is licensed to practice in all courts in South Carolina. In addition to elder abuse claims, the Louthian Law Firm also handles personal injury cases involving medical malpractice; car, truck and motorcycle accidents; and other serious and catastrophic injuries throughout South Carolina. The firm’s office is located at The Marlboro Building, Suite 300, 1116 Blanding Street, Columbia, S.C., 29201 (local phone number (803) 454-1200). For a free, confidential case evaluation, contact the firm by phone at (866) 410-5656 or through its online contact form.