Date from 2015 indicates that approximately 43.5 million caregivers provided unpaid care to an adult or child that year. Lost income and benefits over a caregiver’s lifetime is estimated to be, on average, over $300,000. Caregivers face emotional stress, financial hardship, and often legal struggles as a result of the care they provide. Sometimes, help is available if you know where to look and how to qualify. An experienced elder law attorney may be able to help with things such as getting a loved one approved for Medi-Cal benefits, pursuing a claim of elder abuse against a paid caregiver or family member, or analyzing eligibility for additional state and federal benefit programs.