Tragically, there are hundreds of thousands of elderly individuals that are neglected and abused each year. These elderly individuals are not just numbers or statistics – they are beloved grandparents and parents.
Since seniors may be in a vulnerable state or may be too frail to speak up, it is important for their families to watch for signs and indicators of elder abuse. Unfortunately, elder abuse is common and tends to occur with caregivers or people close to the elderly person.
Have you or a loved one been physically abused or neglected at a nursing home or an assisted living facility? If so, you are not alone.
The Peck Law Group has over 55 years of combined experience in helping victims of elder abuse and neglect in San Diego and throughout California.
Speak with an experienced San Diego elder abuse attorney for your free case evaluation today by calling toll free (866) 999-9085.
Each state has laws in place against elder abuse. However, the legal landscape of elder abuse can be complicated.
Elders deserve health and protection, and their families deserve the security provided by the knowledge that their loved ones are safe. When elderly individuals are in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the signs of abuse may go unnoticed you don’t know what to look for.
Below, you will find a list of some of the more common forms of elder abuse. While this may be difficult to read, the best approach to helping combat elder abuse is to be informed with the tools, resources, and knowledge necessary to make sure you or your loved one is receiving the best care.
Health Neglect: Health neglect occurs when your loved one is not having their caretaking needs met. Some signs of neglect include visible malnutrition, dehydration, bed sores, and chronic kidney infections or bladder infections.
Financial Exploitation: Financial exploitation occurs when caregivers or others close to the elderly individual seize an opportunity to steal a senior’s assets or improperly take control of their finances for their own monetary gain. Seniors may be more likely to become victims of financial exploitation when they are already in a vulnerable physical or psychiatric condition.
Emotional Abuse: Emotional abuse includes any type of verbal abuse, along with actions that inflict emotional distress on a senior. Emotional abuse includes humiliation and threats, as well as intimidation tactics.
Whether you are a family member looking out for a loved one or you are a senior yourself, it is important to know what to look for in assessing elder abuse. It is also important to know how and when to report suspected instances of elder abuse. Below is a list of signs to help you better spot abuse and neglect:
If you have concerns that a loved one is suffering from elder abuse, contacting an attorney at the Peck Law Group will help clarify your legal rights and how serious the situation may be.
The attorneys at the Peck Law Group handle all types of elder abuse cases, including those that involve more complex scenarios. Call the elder abuse attorneys at the Peck Law Group in San Diego, California at (866) 999-9085 to schedule your consultation today.
Elder abuse can cause emotional distress, physical injury, illness, and even death. When abuse does not directly cause death, it can still lead to premature death. Because of the severe consequences, there are many laws in place to prevent elder abuse and neglect.
Care facilities are responsible for having enough employees to adequately care for their residents, and they have other options for preventing abuse from happening to those in their care, such as:
Families can prevent elder abuse and neglect by being aware of the signs and continuing to educate themselves regarding health recommendations. Additionally, families whose loved ones are residents in care facilities should be aware of the facilities’ procedures and policies. Many cases of elder abuse go unreported, so it is important that families and facilities remain vigilant.
Taking legal action against your abusers not only can reward you with just compensation for your injuries, but also helps prevent similar things from happening to others.
Providing social support for caregivers and elderly individuals alike can decrease the likelihood of elder abuse.
Although 60% of elder abuse is done by family members, a large amount of abuse also occurs in institutional settings like nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Understaffing and burnout due to lack of qualified staff and stressful working conditions are both additional risk factors identified by the CDC for elder abuse in institutional settings. Researchers found that nearly 2 in 3 staff in these settings admitted to committing some form of elder abuse.
The Peck Law Group’s team of elder abuse attorneys in San Diego will help you by:
Time is of the essence in elder abuse cases. Speak with a San Diego elder abuse attorney today at the Peck Law Group for your free case evaluation by calling 866-999-9085. We work on a contingency basis, meaning there is never any fee unless we win.
With multiple offices throughout California, The Peck Law Group’s elder abuse attorneys can you assist you with your case anywhere in the state including (but not limited to):
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