Elder Abduction falls under the laws of Elder Abuse. While not as common as other forms of abuse it is a serious offense.
Elder abduction is defined as removing any elder or dependent adult who does not have the capacity to consent, from this state, or constraining that person from returning to this state. In the majority of these cases it involves one family member abducting an elder from another family member’s house, who is legally the assigned caretaker or custodian. It could also involve a family member taking an elder from an assigned care facility without legal permission.
Cases like these can have federal criminal implications due to crossing state lines. It can also put the elder in question, in serious jeopardy or risk. The reality is the abductor rarely has the ability to provide needed care and/or medicine. The Elder in question usually suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s. They become confused and/or agitated and it puts a lot of stress on them. This could cause considerable pain and suffering. It could also lead to further and avoidable medical procedures and/or costs.
If you believe your loved one, or someone you know may have been the victim of elder abduction, you should notify the authorities.
If your loved one has been the victim of elder abduction and has sustained serious injuries, he/she may be entitled to monetary compensation and restitution for all losses, including payment of medical bills, future treatment and care, pain and suffering.
Call us immediately for a free case evaluation. If we are unable to help, we will do our best to refer you to other local resources that can.