Fierce Advocates For California Elder Abuse Victims And Their Families
There are nearly 49 million elders in the United States, a number that is rapidly increasing due to the advances in life-sustaining technologies. Sadly, there has been a corresponding increase in elder abuse and neglect in many nursing and long-term care facilities. With your loved one in a nursing facility or long-term care facility, it can be difficult to determine if there has been any abuse or neglect. At Rencher Law Group, P.C., our talented counselors at law have the skill and experience to expose elder abuse and neglect and to bring those at fault to justice.
What Is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse is an act that causes harm to an older person; it can also be a lack of action that harms an older person. California Penal Code section 368 states that elder abuse can be prosecuted as either a felony or a misdemeanor depending on all the factors of the case. Elder abuse can take many forms, including physical abuse, financial abuse or physical neglect. It commonly occurs in institutional settings, particularly long-term care centers, nursing homes and skilled nursing centers. Often in these settings, the perpetrators are kind and attentive when family members are present but become abusive and neglectful when left alone with the people they are charged with taking care of. Elders can also be abused at home by family members, such as by spouses or adult children. In California, you have the right to seek compensation for the damages caused by elder abuse or neglect.
What Are The Signs Of Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse can take many forms, but some commons signs are:
- Bedsores: Sores that develop on a person’s underside from a lack of movement
- Bodily damages: Includes bruises, scratches, open wounds, burns and/or sores
- Lack of proper cleaning: Includes unkept sheets, unswept/mopped floors
- Poor hygiene: Includes unwashed hair, dirty clothes, uncombed hair, unkept appearance, poor skin, and/or untrimmed fingernail or toenails
- Malnourishment or dehydration
- Overmedication: Excessive use of antipsychotics, sedatives and other prescription drugs to “chemically restrain”
- Lack of supervision: Includes staff members who are inattentive to the needs of the patients
- Emotional abuse: Verbal abuse and subsequent feelings of depression and hopelessness
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Contact Rencher Law Group To Stop Elder Abuse And Neglect
If you believe a loved one is suffering from elder abuse of any kind, contact RLG today for a free case evaluation. It is important that you contact an attorney immediately to secure your rights. We are preeminent attorneys for representing clients whose elderly loved ones have experienced abuse or neglect. To reach us, call 877-RENCHER or send us an email.