San Diego Elder Abuse Lawyers
Abuse of our elderly and infirm is on the rise. Unfortunately, most members of this population cannot speak or fight for themselves. They are all too often the innocent victims of corporate greed and neglect.
In 1991, our legislators enacted California’s Elder and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (referred to as “EADACPA”) to deter abuse and neglect and to allow lawyers to bring civil actions to fight elder abuse. EADACPA is a complex law designed to protect elder and dependent adults. It is important that your attorney has experience and knowledge in this area.
Unfortunately, most nursing home injuries are the result of business decisions made by corporations to save money when they are already making hundreds of millions of dollars each year. These decisions place the corporations’ profits ahead of the care of the elderly and infirm who pay good money for the care they never get.
Injuries Elders May Face
Types of nursing home injuries may include the following:
- Bedsores (decubitus ulcers)
- Weight loss and starvation
- Sexual assault
- Emotional distress and isolation
- Violation of patients’ rights
- Wandering and elopement
- Drug overdose
- Medication errors
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Accidents during transfers or transports
Our lawyers have seen many forms of elder abuse and neglect through the years; we have been taking on these important cases since 2004. These important cases make up approximately 50 percent of our case load.
If your loved one is under the care of a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE), an in-home health provider, a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), or Long Term Acute Care Center (LTAC), there are many signs and symptoms of elder abuse and neglect you can look out for.
Types of Elder Abuse
To spot elder abuse and neglect, please look out for the following:
- Complaints by other patients or residents
- Untimely responses by staff to call buttons due to potential understaffing
- Patient or resident left in soiled diapers for extended periods of time
- Unsafe living environment, such as no hot water, unkempt conditions, dirty sheets, soiled floors, etc.
- Poor hygiene, including dirty hair, hands, fingernails, teeth, clothes, etc.
- Bedsores on feet, toes, heels, legs, back, shoulders, buttocks, elbows, etc.
- Unplanned or unexplained weight loss
- Physical abuse
- Cuts, bruises, burns, restraint marks, loss of confidence, fear of certain staff members
- Broken bones
- Black eyes or bruises
- Marks around the arms
- Signs of overmedication, blank stares, drowsiness, excessive sleeping, loss of function, loss of continence
- Sadness or depression
- Fear of talking openly
- Patient or resident appears untruthful when questioned about circumstances
How We Can Help
We have years of experience handling a wide variety of elder abuse and elder neglect cases. We will help you obtain justice on many fronts, whether through complaints to the appropriate governmental agencies or through civil proceedings.
If you or a loved one has been subjected to elder abuse or neglect, please contact our personal injury attorneys for a free case consultation.