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Disabled Victims Indicators

A Warning Sign Check List That Your Disabled Loved One May Be Victimized

If you have a loved one – family, friend or neighbor – being cared for by a third party, here are some indicators that may tell you that something is occurring that shouldn’t.

Physical Abuse

  • Fear of caregivers
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Delay in seeking treatment
  • Over-sedation
  • Unusual pattern of bruises
  • History of changing doctors
  • Scalp Injuries

Emotional Abuse

  • Low self-esteem
  • Appears nervous around caregiver
  • Confused
  • Suicidal
  • Avoids eye contact with caregiver
  • Fear of abandonment
  • Lethargic or withdrawn

Sexual Abuse

  • Unusual fear of person
  • Stained, torn or bloody clothing
  • Pain and bruising
  • Change in sexual behavior
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
A Warning Sign Check List That Your Disabled Loved One May Be Victimized

Financial Abuse

  • Unexplained missing items
  • Failure to pay bills
  • Inaccurate knowledge of finances
  • Suddenly changing a will
  • Going without affordable necessities
  • Unusual withdrawals from bank account

Neglect

  • Malnourishment
  • Wandering without supervision
  • Lack of heat/electricity
  • Unkempt appearance
  • Missing dentures, glasses, hearing aids
  • Skin conditions or pressure sores
  • Untreated medical problems
  • Alcohol or medication abuse

Most victims of abuse or neglect feel depressed and anxious. While you shouldn’t jump to conclusions, you should take these indicators seriously. If you feel your loved one may be a victim, please feel free to contact us and we’ll help you sort it out. You can call us at 704-296-0055 or contact us through this website on the “Contact Us” page. We’ll do our best to give you good, responsible guidance and advice.

Location

The Law Offices of William K. Goldfarb

301 South Charlotte Avenue
Monroe, NC 28112

Local: 704-296-0055
Toll-Free: 1-866-298-0768
info@wkg-law.com

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Disabled Victims

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Disabled Victims

The next time you are in a restaurant or a shopping mall, and you see a seriously disabled person confined to a wheelchair, take a moment to ponder: what if that person were a victim of a crime? Could he or she tell someone? Would he be taken seriously? Could she handle the rigors of a court case?

Numerous studies over the past two decades show that the underreporting of crimes against people with disabilities is a major problem. These victims of wrongdoing are very unlikely to reap the full benefits of the court system. They are penalized, in a way, by:

  • Inadequately trained service providers
  • Lack of best practices for serving those with unique needs
  • Lack of knowledge by the victims that their treatment is actually wrong
  • Attitudinal prejudices against those with disabilities
  • Stigmatization of the disabled

There is limited information regarding the disabled as victims. But what information there is can be horrifying:

  • Adults with a developmental disability have a 4-10 times higher risk of becoming a victim.
  • Children with any type of disability are more than twice as likely to be physically and/or sexually abused.
  • Crimes against people with disabilities are often extremely violent and calculated to injure, control and humiliate the victim.

Many people with disabling conditions, whether physical or mental, are vulnerable because of their real or perceived inability to fight back or to flee, much less notify others or testify about the victimization. In fact, many offenders are motivated by a desire to select their prey for vulnerabilities. And that applies to abuse by the very professionals and other caregivers who provide services for the disabled.

If you are responsible for someone with a disability who has been injured or abused, how do you afford them full access and rights of the law? If you suspect your loved one is being victimized, what do you do? That’s where we can help. Feel free to contact us if you need help or just have a question. You can call us at 704-296-0055 or contact us through this website on the “Contact Us” page.

Coming up soon on this blog: a warning sign check list that your disabled love one may be victimized.

Location

The Law Offices of William K. Goldfarb

301 South Charlotte Avenue
Monroe, NC 28112

Local: 704-296-0055
Toll-Free: 1-866-298-0768
info@wkg-law.com

William K. Goldfarb North Carolina Advocates for Justice President's Club
William K. Goldfarb American Association for Justice
William K. Goldfarb, Melvin M Belli Society
William K Goldfarb AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Who's Who Top Attorney North America

Victims with Disabilities

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Victims with Disabilities

As you go about your day, every day, you likely are sitting, standing or walking next to a victim of neglect or abuse – a victim who has never reported the crime. That’s because he has some type of disability that deters him from interacting with the court system. It may be a physical disability that inhibits his ability to communicate. Or a physical handicap making it easy to explain away an injury as something other than a criminal act. It may be a mental disability that infers that is he not credible or reliable. But whatever the reason, it is unacceptable. And that’s why The Law Offices of William K. Goldfarb has made it a priority and a special interest to seek justice on behalf of the disabled.

This special interest is a calling for the firm’s founder, William K. Goldfarb. He is driven by a desire developed in his youth to help people and he knew from a young age there was a legal aspect to being of true service.

North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University

Mr. Goldfarb attended North Carolina State University on a gymnastics scholarship. While in school, and on his own initiative, he began working with disabled children in a gym teaching them basic gymnastics – an avant garde endeavor at the time. Mr. Goldfarb arranged the gym time, off campus, on his own and worked with children of varying disabilities after hours. He can’t really explain why he did it or where the idea first came from. He just did it. On his own time. With no fanfare. No recognition. But it planted a seed of altruism that led him to become a lawyer in 1991. Since establishing his own firm in 1996, that sense of compassion is still foremost in his practice today….although he still avoids the spotlight.

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Gym Carolina Gymnastics

In the coming weeks and months, you’ll find information about victims with disabilities on our website and our Facebook page. At a minimum, you’ll find it interesting. But we hope you’ll also find it helpful in understanding and perhaps even helping those among us who may need assistance and can’t ask for it. In the meantime, if you or a loved one, a friend or neighbor, need help or just have a question, please feel free to contact us at any time. You can call us at 704-296-0055 or submit your question through our website www.wkg-law.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Location

The Law Offices of William K. Goldfarb

301 South Charlotte Avenue
Monroe, NC 28112

Local: 704-296-0055
Toll-Free: 1-866-298-0768
info@wkg-law.com

William K. Goldfarb North Carolina Advocates for Justice President's Club
William K. Goldfarb American Association for Justice
William K. Goldfarb, Melvin M Belli Society
William K Goldfarb AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Who's Who Top Attorney North America

Suing Nursing Homes 1-10

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If you’ve visited our Facebook page, you likely saw a video about nursing homes and their contracts.

There’s a battle brewing over whether patients in a nursing home should be able to sue if something goes wrong. It’s an issue that you should be familiar with before checking in yourself or a loved one. And you’ll find the crux of it in the fine print of your contract.

Many facilities have language in their contracts that would prohibit you from taking the facility to court if, for example, your loved one was abused or neglected. It requires instead that you submit to mandatory binding arbitration – no exceptions.

But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently reviewed that clause and kicked it to the curb. That means you no longer have to give up your right to having a court and a jury hear and decide- on your claim.

“This rule change is a win for consumers,” said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond. “Nursing home residents and their families will now have access to the courts to address misconduct such as neglect, sexual assault and wrongful death.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the federal government, says the change will improve the care and safety of the nearly 1.5 million residents in 15,000+ long-term care facilities in the United States. Among the other rules changes:

  • Ensuring that long-term care facility staff members are properly trained on caring for residents with dementia and in preventing elder abuse.
  • Improving care planning, including discharge planning, for all residents.
  • Allowing dietitians and therapy providers the authority to write orders in their areas of expertise where allowable by law.
  • Update the facility’s infection prevention and control program

All the new rules took effect on November 29, 2016. But the battle we referenced? The nursing home industry is suing….to keep you from having the right to sue.   So stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated on this case.

In the meantime, if you or a loved one are having care issues with a facility, let us know about it and we’ll see if we can help. You can call us at 704-296-0055 or fill out the “Contact Us” form on this website. There’s no fee for the initial consultation and we’ll do our best for you. If you want to see a video about this issue, please visit our Facebook page.

Location

The Law Offices of William K. Goldfarb

301 South Charlotte Avenue
Monroe, NC 28112

Local: 704-296-0055
Toll-Free: 1-866-298-0768
info@wkg-law.com

William K. Goldfarb North Carolina Advocates for Justice President's Club
William K. Goldfarb American Association for Justice
William K. Goldfarb, Melvin M Belli Society
William K Goldfarb AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Who's Who Top Attorney North America

Disabled Voting Rights

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Disabled Voting Rights

One week from today is election day. And if you or a loved one are disabled, ALL are entitled to special care to insure you can cast your ballot.   In 2008, only 55% of people with disabilities voted in North Carolina compared to 69% of people without disabilities.

  • The disabled can vote from home: early voting ends November 5 so get a ballot from your county Board of Elections, fill it out and mail it in. But to get an absentee ballot, your request must be submitted by 5pm TODAY. You can submit a request for a ballot in person, by fax, mail or email. But that request must be received by 5pm today.
  • The disabled can vote in person: go to your polling place which is required to be accessible to the handicapped. You can have almost anyone help you fill out your ballot if you need it. The only exception: your employer or your union (if you belong to one) cannot help you. You may also be entitled to curbside voting which allows you to vote while remaining in a vehicle outside the polling location.
  • The disabled can vote from a facility (nursing home, rest home, psychiatric, etc): contact or have a family member contact your Board of Elections for a ballot. Facility staff are not allowed to help you request a ballot or vote. Again the request for a ballot must be submitted by 5pm today.

For more information, or to download an absentee ballot request form, go to www.accessthevotenc.org.

Location

The Law Offices of William K. Goldfarb

301 South Charlotte Avenue
Monroe, NC 28112

Local: 704-296-0055
Toll-Free: 1-866-298-0768
info@wkg-law.com

William K. Goldfarb North Carolina Advocates for Justice President's Club
William K. Goldfarb American Association for Justice
William K. Goldfarb, Melvin M Belli Society
William K Goldfarb AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Who's Who Top Attorney North America

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