Elder Abuse & Neglect

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Seniors Who Have Suffered Elder Abuse or Neglect Have Legal Recourse

Have you or someone you love been the victim of nursing home abuse or other elder abuse?

In their twilight years, many seniors require assistance with daily or weekly needs. Caregivers and care giving facilities for seniors hold a position of trust. Sadly, a certain percentage of caregivers to the elderly take advantage of their position and harm or neglect some of our most vulnerable citizens.

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A 1994 survey indicated that approximately 5% of the nurses’ aids on file with state regulators had a criminal record involving violence and/or theft.

Additionally, a congressional report from 2001 found that state inspectors cited cases of “serious abuse” at 1 nursing home in 10.

“A crime is a crime, whether in or outside of a nursing home, where residents should not spend their days living in fear,” said Sen. John Breaux (D-La.).

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What You Need to Know:

  • Some deterioration and occasional injuries are more likely to happen as seniors grow older. But many injuries and deterioration are preventable with proper care.
  • The Nursing Home Reform Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act protect the rights of seniors receiving care in a nursing home.
  • Residents have the right to be free from mental and physical abuse; be free from unnecessary physical and chemical restraints; be treated with consideration, dignity and respect; and have the right to self-determination.

General Signs of Abuse

Certain “red flags” can indicate that elder abuse is likely to have occurred. These red flags include frequent arguments or tension between caregiver and care receiver or changes in personality or behavior in the elder.

If you suspect elder abuse but aren’t certain abuse has happened, look for clusters of the following signs:

Specific Signs of Abuse

Physical abuse

  • Unexplained injuries including bruises, welts, or scars, especially if they appear symmetrically on two sides of the body
  • Signs of being restrained, such as rope marks on wrists
  • Caretaker cannot adequately explain condition
  • Broken bones, sprains, or dislocations
  • Broken eyeglasses or frames
  • Use of a physical or chemical restraint or psychotropic medication for any purpose not consistent with that authorized by the physician
  • Caregiver’s refusal to allow you to see the elder alone
  • Injuries requiring emergency treatment or hospitalization
  • Any injury or death occurring during or shortly after an episode of wandering
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain without physician or family notification
  • Unexplained or unexpected death
  • Injury sustained from another resident
  • Illnesses not promptly reported to physician and family
  • Prolonged or continual deprivation of food or water
  • Improper dosing of medications (too much or too little)
  • Elder reports being slapped or mistreated

Emotional abuse

  • Threatening, belittling, or controlling behavior from the caregiver
  • Senior is emotionally upset or agitated
  • Senior demonstrates unusual behavior that mimics dementia, such as sucking, biting, and rocking
  • Withdrawal and non-communicative behavior
  • Atypical behavior on the part of the senior, including withdrawing and non-communication, humiliating, insulting, frightening, or threatening
  • Seeking isolation
  • Being forced to stay in a room

Sexual abuse

  • Bruised breasts or genitals
  • Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections
  • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
  • Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing

Neglect by caregivers or self-neglect

  • Dehydration, malnutrition, and bed sores
  • Failure to provide food, clothing, or shelter
  • Unsanitary, unclean, or unsafe conditions
  • Infections
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Unsuitable clothing for the weather
  • Desertion
  • Lack of medical care
  • Lack of protection from health and safety hazards

Financial exploitation

  • Significant and unusual account withdrawals
  • Money or items of value missing from elder’s home
  • Suspicious changes in financial and legal documents, including wills and power of attorney
  • Unpaid bills or lack of care for financially sound elder
  • Suspicious financial activity, such as an ATM withdrawal by a bedridden account holder
  • Unnecessary purchases

Healthcare fraud and abuse

  • Duplicate billings for services or medical devices
  • Overmedication or undermedication
  • Paid-for care not provided
  • Inadequate staff (too few or inadequately trained)
  • Inadequate responses to care questions

What You Need to Do:

If you or a loved one has been the victim of elderly abuse, please call our law firm today at 1-800-676-5295 for a consultation free of charge. We will talk with you about your particular situation and help you determine whether you have a case.

Our Law Firm Has the Background and Skills to Help You Because We Have Handled Similar Cases:

  • We won a landmark verdict of $12.6 million in damages for our client in a recent elder abuse case involving a senior care facility in Southern California. This case sent a strong message that the mistreatment of elders should not be tolerated.
  • We have recovered over $500 million for California residents from hospitals, insurance companies, and other corporate defendants. This includes over $150 million from major drug and other medical companies in the last five years alone, including Eli Lilly, Merck, Sulzer AG, and Tenet Healthcare.
  • We operate on a contingency basis, meaning there is no cost for our services whatsoever until we win or settle your case.
  • Our attorneys have been rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given for ethical standards and legal ability, and we have been named by our peers among the Best Lawyers in America, as well as California SuperLawyers.
  • Other California attorneys frequently call us for assistance with high-profile lawsuits such as this one.

We operate on a contingency basis, which means there will be no cost to you whatsoever until we win your case or reach a settlement on your behalf. At that point, our fees will be subtracted from your total settlement.

Start With a Free Consultation. Call us at 800.676.5295 or contact us to schedule a meeting to discuss your elder abuse or neglect case with an experienced Santa Clarita elder abuse attorney.