With the Baby Boomer generation aging, more of our elderly loved ones are becoming residents of nursing home facilities. We trust that the staff and administrators of nursing homes will treat our family members with the love and respect they deserve in their twilight years, but sadly this is not always the case. Some people take advantage of nursing home residents and abuse our loved ones in these facilities. If you suspect that nursing home abuse has affected your elderly family member, it is critical that you speak with an experienced California nursing home abuse attorney as soon as possible. Talk to the knowledgeable attorneys at Deldar Legal today to schedule a free consultation.
What is Nursing Home Abuse
Sadly, national reports estimate that nearly 10% of all nursing home residents suffer some form of abuse in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Abuse is defined as intentional actions that cause harm, the risk of harm, or distress to an elderly person. Some of the warning signs of nursing home abuse can include the following:
- Unexplained falls
- Ligature marks on wrists or ankles
- Unexplained trips to the emergency room
- Rapid weight loss
- Septic shock
- Urinary tract infections
- Inability of caregivers to explain injuries or changes in behavior
- Fear or discomfort around a nursing home staff member
- Anxiety or depression
- Mood swings
- Lack of eye contact, and more.
Nursing home abuse can take many forms, with the most common being physical, emotional, financial, and sexual abuse. If you believe that a loved one is being abused you need to talk to an attorney immediately so that your elderly family member can be removed to a safer location and an investigation can begin immediately into the nursing home facility.
Protecting the Elderly in California Nursing Homes
California state law protects the elderly who are residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. While criminal charges may be brought against a nursing home staff member or administrator for elder abuse, a civil lawsuit can also be brought against those responsible for monetary damages. While no amount of money can make up for abuse rendered against your loved one, compensation can help establish your family member in a safer, higher quality facility for the rest of his or her life. Compensation for nursing home abuse in California includes payment for all medical expenses associated with the abuse injuries as well as payment for all emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life your loved one suffered from the abuse. Talk to an attorney today to learn more about your legal options.
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Anyone who commits nursing home abuse against your elderly loved one must be held accountable for their actions in court. Call the office or contact us to speak with a knowledgeable nursing home abuse attorney at Deldar Legal today and schedule a free consultation of your claims.