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Santa Clarita Elder Abuse Lawyer

We all want to remember a time when the patriarchs and matriarchs of our family were physically and mentally strong, but the sad reality is that many suddenly become dependent upon the care and compassion of others as they age.

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

Luckily, laws have been put in place insisting that nursing homes 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 also highly recommended to protect your rights.

Unfortunately, in an effort to cut costs and increase profits, many nursing homes have been proven to violate health and safety standards and hiring people without the proper training or education to reduce employee costs.

Astonishingly, 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

Elder abuse has been described in recent laws as any type of abuse occurring against someone who is 65 years old or older. This type of abuse is categorized into four main types of abuse.

Physical Abuse
Physical abuse includes any action that willfully inflicts bodily harm on an individual of advanced age. 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:

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

What To Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse in Santa Clarita, 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 Santa Clarita 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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