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Orange County Elder Abuse Lawyer

We all expect the highest level of care when we have to trust others to care for our eldest family members. While we may want to preserve the 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 elders in a nursing home or other care facility, it often puts a heavy strain on the entire family. Knowing that they are loved and cared for makes this experience easier. Unfortunately, many do not have this good fortune.

Nursing homes are required to provide a specific level of care to all of its patients. Failure to meet the needs of the patients is abuse and should be reported immediately to local law enforcement as well as 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 California state law, elder abuse is defined as any type of abuse 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 Orange County, 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 Orange County 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 the Orange County law office of Brent A. Duque at 877-241-9554 for a free consultation and case evaluation. You can even use our online contact form, and we’ll reply to you quickly.

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