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Lancaster Elder Abuse Lawyer

We all assume that when we have to trust others to care for our eldest loved ones that they will receive the highest level of care. While we may want to remember a time when they were physically and mentally strong, the heartbreaking reality is that with age they may suddenly become dependent upon the care and compassion of others.

When the difficult decision has been made to place our seniors in a nursing home or other care facility, it can put a strain on the entire family. Knowing that they are loved and cared for makes it easier, but unfortunately, many do not have this outcome.

Nursing homes are required by law to provide a specific 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 or increase profits, many nursing homes have been caught hiring people without the proper training or education in an effort to reduce employee costs. Many facilities have also been known to violate health and safety standards.

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

Under state law, elder abuse is defined as any type of abuse occurring against someone who is 65 years old or older. This tragic type of abuse is categorized into four main types of abuse.

Physical Abuse
Physical abuse can include any action that willfully inflicts bodily harm. This may include, but is not limited to:

Signs of physical abuse can include:

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

Signs of neglect can include:

Emotional
Emotional abuse can come in several forms, including:

Signs of emotional abuse can include:

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

Signs of financial abuse can include:

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

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

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

At the Lancaster Law Offices of Brent A. Duque, we maintain a staff of a highly professional, knowledgeable, aggressive and successful elder abuse attorneys who represent injured people through our offices that stretch 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 Los Angeles County Personal Injury Attorney 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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