Long Beach Adult Day Care Abuse Attorney
Adult Day Care Center Neglect and Abuse
Adult day care centers and adult day health care centers provide a valuable service to adults in need of assistance and their families. They are particularly helpful for the families that provide care for elderly relatives at night and on weekends, but have a job to go to on weekdays. These facilities can help the elderly by feeding them, administering medication, looking out for their safety, and keeping them occupied. They also give families of the elderly peace of mind, knowing that their vulnerable loved ones are being cared for while they are at work.
Adult day care is more of a social place for the elderly; adult day health care or ADHC usually requires an admission examination by a physician. ADHCs often provide registered nurses alongside other medical professionals, as well as specialized therapy for patients. Some centers focus on caring for the needs of adults with dementia or Alheimer’s.
Unfortunately, not all adult day care centers treat people in their care the way they are supposed to. If you suspect your elderly loved one is being abused or neglected at an adult day care center, you have an obligation to remove them from the facility and file a complaint. You may also want to speak to an experienced Long Beach elder abuse attorney about taking civil action. Since 2002, attorney Travis Siegel of Siegel Law has been fighting for the rights of senior citizens and their families. Call for a free case evaluation at (562) 645-4145.
Common Types of Adult Day Care Abuse and Neglect
Elder abuse and neglect can come in many forms, including:
- Physical abuse: Hitting, pushing, pinching, etc. Be on the lookout for cuts and bruises that can’t be explained. Physical abuse can also be denying the patient water or food, or not keeping them warm enough.
- Medication abuse: Giving the wrong medication or wrong dose, withholding medication, or overmedicating. If your loved one seems overly tired or in a stupor, there may be a medication issue.
- Sexual abuse: Any kind of unwanted touching of the private areas or inappropriate language can be classified as sexual abuse.
- Verbal abuse: This can include yelling, taunting, threatening, belittling, mocking, or any form verbal communication that doesn’t respect the patient’s dignity.
- Financial abuse: This can include stealing from a patient, using their debit or credit card, forcing them or tricking them write a check, etc.
- Lack of supervision: This can be not noticing if a patient is having a stroke or heart attack or choking on food, allowing them to wander away from the facility, allowing another patient to harm them, and allowing them hurt themselves.
Compensation for Elder Abuse and Neglect
Victims of elder neglect or abuse are entitled to compensation for the same damages as a personal injury victim, including pain and suffering, medical expenses, future medical costs, and punitive damages. In addition, the spouse of the elder abuse victim may have a claim for loss of consortium.
But an adult day care facility isn’t just going to hand you a check. Their insurance company is going to try to minimize their client’s liability for any injuries and offer a settlement that is less than substantial. To get the settlement your loved one deserves, you’ll need a knowledgeable attorney fighting for you. Long Beach attorney Travis Siegel of Siegel Law is passionate about defending the rights of the elderly and would love to hear your story. Call his offices for a free consultation at (562) 645-4145.
What Sets Our Elder Abuse Lawyer Apart?
Advocating for Victims of Abuse & Neglect Since 2002
Attorney Travis Siegel of Siegel Law has fought elder abuse and medical malpractice for more than a decade. After a tragedy occurred in his own family, he became a lawyer to ensure that others don’t suffer in the same way. He focuses his practice exclusively on elder abuse cases. He has recovered millions of dollars for clients and garnered selection for Best Lawyers in America® 2016.