Elder abuse is becoming a growing problem as the population of the U.S. ages. Berkowitz and Hanna LLC has represented many families who have had the unfortunate experience of seeing an elderly loved one receive inadequate care or even abuse. 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. In the fall of 2013 his three adult children expressed concern about his care, but a judge found that there was no evidence of elder abuse and the children were not given conservatorship over him.

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.

Berkowitz and Hanna LLC 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. In a civil action for elder abuse, however, family members hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions and can receive compensation for pain and suffering. Berkowitz and Hanna LLC represents parties in civil litigation when elder abuse is alleged.

Berkowitz and Hanna LLC did not represent any of the parties in this case.

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