What Is Considered Elder Abuse and Neglect in California?
Elder abuse and neglect are broad terms that cover a wide range of mistreatment, from physical and emotional abuse to financial abuse or simple neglect that leads to injury. To be considered a true case of elder abuse or neglect, there must be injury involved. This injury can be emotional, physical, or financial.
If you suspect that your loved one has been injured through neglect or abuse by a caregiver or at a nursing home, contact Long Beach elder abuse attorney Travis Siegel at 562-273-9118 today for your complimentary consultation. Mr. Siegel has devoted his career to helping our vulnerable elderly population, and he will be happy to listen to your case.
Common Types of Elder Abuse
The most common categories of elder abuse include:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
- Emotional abuse
Physical and sexual abuse are usually the easiest to detect, as they often leave physical marks and evidence behind. If you notice unexplained bruises or welts, or if your loved one tests positive for an STD, these are often signs of abuse that should be investigated.
Emotional abuse is less easy to detect. Keep an eye out for fearful behavior, mood changes, depression, anxiety, and other types of negative emotional responses. These behaviors might increase in the presence of a certain caregiver, which could be a sign that this caregiver is emotionally abusing your loved one.
Financial abuse can also be hard to prove. If possible, you should try to monitor your loved one’s bank accounts in order to watch for large sums being withdrawn. Financial abuse often occurs when someone “befriends” your loved one in order to gain access to their funds.
Finally, neglect is considered a type of abuse. Neglect in a nursing home can lead to unsanitary conditions, unsupervised residents, missed or wrong medications, bedsores, and more. If your loved one is in a neglectful environment, harm may come to them.
What To Do If You Suspect Elder Abuse
If you think your loved one is being abused or neglected in some way, you should report your suspicions to California’s Adult Protective Services. This government department exists to protect our vulnerable elderly population from being abused and taken advantage of.
After calling Adult Protective Services, you should call elder abuse and neglect lawyer Travis Siegel. He can help you get compensation on behalf of your parent or grandparent. Damages your loved one may be entitled to include:
- Hospital bills
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Bringing a lawsuit against a nursing home sends a clear signal that abuse and neglect will not be tolerated. There is a chance that other residents of the facility are also being abused or neglected, and a lawsuit will help bring harmful conduct to light. Nursing homes are often understaffed, and they may not have high enough standards for the people that they employ. You have the chance to hold them accountable with a lawsuit.
Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation
If your loved one has been abused or neglected at their nursing home or by an at-home caregiver, please call elder abuse lawyer Travis Siegel at 562-273-9118 today for your complimentary consultation. We serve clients in Long Beach, Tustin, Santa Ana, and other nearby areas of southern California.