Elders deserve to enjoy their twilight years with the best possible care and treatment. The bad news is that elders in California suffer nearly double the national average of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Victims of these horrific acts may be entitled to compensation for their losses, pain, and anguish. At Johnson Attorney Group, we fight to get victims of elderly neglect and abuse full and fair compensation.
What is Elder Neglect?
Elder abuse and neglect are very similar and equally worthy of pursuing a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator. Abuse can be physical, psychological, financial or sexual. Many nursing home and residential facility residents have vulnerable physical and psychological states. When those responsible for professional care injure, make unwelcome contact or inflict mental anguish, that’s abuse.
Common abuse claims include:
- Physical Injuries Such as Burns, Bruises and Broken Bones
- Abandonment and Isolation Leading to Bedsores
- Inappropriate Genital Contact
- Inflicting Fear and Distress
Similarly, elderly neglect is a failure by nurses and other staff members to provide appropriate care.
These may include:
- Failure to Assist with Bathing and Routine Hygiene
- Withholding Necessary Medications or Mental Health Needs
- Failure to Provide Assistance for Disabilities
- Withholding Food
- Withholding Water
- Being Left Alone So Long Patient’s Develop Bed Sores
If you or a loved one are the victims of elder neglect and abuse, contact our office immediately.
Compensation Victims May Be Entitled to Recovery If You Hire an Elder Neglect Lawyer
The California’s Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act allow victims to get compensation for pain, suffering, medical bills and other expenses. It also has a provision that allows victims and their attorney to pursue enhanced punitive damages when extreme circumstances can be proven.
There are two basic tiers to elder abuse and neglect cases. First, we can make a case for simple neglect or abuse based on documentation and witness testimony. Photos of bruises, financial irregularities, and other evidence can lead to an award or settlement by the institution or its insurance carrier.
The second tier, under the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act, includes recklessness. If the victim was treated with malice, oppression or fraud, the court could award increased punitive damages as well as attorney fees. This standard can be more difficult to prove. However, our compassionate legal professionals understand how to build a case and hold malicious actors accountable.
Contact a California Elder Neglect Lawyer – No Fees Unless We Win or Settle Your Case
If a valued parent or grandparent have been the victim of elderly neglect or abuse, it’s extremely important that you work with a qualified personal injury attorney. Our attorneys litigate and settle elderly abuse and neglect cases and know what it takes to get our clients the compensation you deserve. Contact the Johnson Attorneys Group at 1-800-208-3538 for a complimentary consultation and case evaluation. Our attorneys do not charge legal fees unless we successfully settle or win your case.