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Costa Mesa Elder Abuse Lawyer

Our senior loved ones are the patriarchs and matriarchs of our family. We remember when they were physically and mentally strong. However, we must all face the heartbreaking reality that with age, they suddenly become dependent upon the care and compassion of others.

As more and more of our eldest loved ones enter into their golden years, many will have to enter nursing homes and other care facilities. When this difficult decision has been made, we expect the caretakers to adhere to a high level of respect and care. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect and abuse is a tragic reality that some may have to face.

Nursing homes are required by California law to provide a specified level of care to all of its patients. Failure to meet the needs of the patients is a form of abuse and should be immediately reported to law enforcement and the associated government agencies. Speaking to an attorney about the abuse is highly recommended.

In an effort to cut costs and increase profits, many nursing homes have been caught violating health and safety standards and hiring people without the proper training or education to reduce employee costs. In fact, the California Attorney General’s office recently doubled the size of its elder abuse division after a study found that:

Four Categories Of Elder Abuse

The law defines elder abuse as any type of abuse against someone who is 65 years old or older. This devastating type of abuse is categorized into four main types of abuse.

Physical Abuse
Physical abuse includes any action that willfully inflicts bodily harm on the individual. For elder abuse, this may include, but is not limited to:

Signs of physical abuse may include:

Neglect may include many different situations and is not limited to the following:

Signs of neglect can include:

Emotional abuse can come in several forms, including:

Signs of emotional abuse can include:

Financial abuse can include many different situations, but are most commonly associated with:

Signs of financial abuse can include:

Costa Mesa nursing homes are required to provide the following to all of their residents:

What To Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse in Costa Mesa, CA

If you suspect that your loved one has been abused or is currently being abused in a nursing home, you must do the following:

At the Costa Mesa Law Offices of Brent A. Duque, we maintain a staff of a highly professional, knowledgeable, dynamic and successful elder abuse attorneys who represent injured people through our offices across Southern California. Time limitations apply to any injury claim you might have, so for purposes of investigating a possible case and possibly preserving evidence, it’s best for you to contact us immediately after an injury or case of neglect.

Contact our Orange County Personal Injury Attorneys at 1-877-241-9554 to learn more about your legal options. A free consultation is just a phone call away. You can even use our online contact form, and we’ll reply to you quickly.

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