Casey Kasem elder abuse caseElder abuse is becoming a growing problem as the population of the U.S. ages. Berkowitz and Hanna LLC ha representado a muchas familias que han tenido la desafortunada experiencia de ver a un ser querido recibir atención inadecuada o incluso ser víctima de abuso. Today the firm reports on a high profile situation involving the late radio personality Casey Kasem.

The legendary DJ died in June in Washington state. His body was moved by his wife, Jean, to Canada and then to Norway, where it remains now. Mr. Kasem had been living with Parkinson’s disease, and before his death his health deteriorated. En el otoño de 2013 sus tres hijos adultos expresaron preocupación por su cuidado, pero un juez encontró que no había evidencia de abuso, y no concedió a sus hijos tutela sobre su padre.

However, just recently, the LAPD submitted an elder abuse investigation to the LA County District Attorney based on a police report claiming that Mr. Kasem had bed sores that became infected and contributed to his death.

The firm notes that because this is a criminal investigation, there are different standards of proof involved, and punishment (if a trial occurs and guilt is established) could include fines or jail time. En una acción civil por el maltrato de ancianos, sin embargo, la familia busca que los responsable por el abuso rindan cuentas de sus acciones, y así la familia puede recibir una compensación por dolor y sufrimiento. The firm represents parties in civil litigation when elder abuse is alleged.

We did not represent any of the parties in this case.

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