Financial Elder Abuse and Elder Exploitation – Boca Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida Litigation and Arbitration Attorney:
Florida Statute Section 415.1111 grants to vulnerable (elder) adults a cause of action as a result of financial and other types of abuse. It provides that a vulnerable adult who has been abused, neglected, or exploited as specified in the law has a cause of action against any perpetrator and may recover actual and punitive damages for such abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The action may be brought by the vulnerable adult, or that person’s guardian, by a person or organization acting on behalf of the vulnerable adult with the consent of that person or that person’s guardian, or by the personal representative of the estate of a deceased victim without regard to whether the cause of death resulted from the abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The action may be brought in any court of competent jurisdiction to enforce such action and to recover actual and punitive damages for any deprivation of or infringement on the rights of a vulnerable adult. A party who prevails in any such action may be entitled to recover reasonable attorney’s fees, costs of the action, and damages. The remedies provided in this section are in addition to and cumulative with other legal and administrative remedies available to a vulnerable adult.
As the elder population in Florida has increased, incidents of financial elder abuse has accelerated at an alarming rate. An area of financial elder abuse that has recently exploded is the twisting (unnecessary sale and purchase of annuities) of variable and fixed annuities.