Elder abuse is a growing problem. The U.S. has an expanding elderly population as the youngest Baby Boomers are already in their 50s. According to the Population Reference Bureau, in 2016 there were approximately 46 million American residents ages 65 years and older. That figure is expected to increase to more than 98 million elderly by 2060. As the country grapples with an aging population, we are also coming to terms with the risks of elder abuse and how to fight it.
If you believe a loved one is being physically, sexually, or emotionally abused, contact a San Francisco elder abuse lawyer from Brod Law Firm as soon as you can. We have extensive experience in handling elder neglect and abuse claims, including those that arise at nursing homes and other care facilities. You can contact us online or call (800) 427-7020 to schedule a consultation.Elder Neglect
Elder neglect in nursing homes and by caretakers, even if they are relatives, is all too common. Neglect may or may not be intentional. By definition, neglect is analogous to carelessness. It may arise when a facility or individual caretaker simply does not care to provide the appropriate attention to the senior. Neglect also occurs because of lack of appropriate training and inadequate staffing at facilities.
In either situation, neglect can leave the elderly individual without a clean environment, lacking proper hygiene, lacking necessary medical care, suffering from dehydration and malnutrition, and more. It can have a profound physical and psychological impact on a senior.
If you believe your loved one is being neglected and this has resulted in their suffering and injury or their condition worsening beyond what is natural, call an elder abuse lawyer in San Francisco to discuss your options. You and your family may be able to work with the facility or state authorities to improve the situation. If the case is beyond a simple fix though, if your loved one has significantly suffered, then a lawyer can explain your right to file a claim for compensation.Types of Elder Abuse
One form of elder abuse is physical. Seniors are often weaker than their caretakers due to natural aging or medical conditions. This makes them easy victims for people who are aggressive, violent, and malicious. Physical elder abuse encompass all forms of harmful contact between a caretaker and an elderly person, including hitting, slapping, kicking, spitting, physical restraints, and chemical restraints. It includes intentionally withholding food, water, and necessary medical care. It also includes knowingly leaving the senior in dirty conditions, such as soiled clothing and bed linens.
Another form of physical abuse is sexual abuse. This encompasses all forms of non-consensual sexual contact between a caretaker and senior. Also, for elderly individuals who are mentally incapacitated or unable to communicate consent, all sexual contact by a caretaker is unlawful. If there are any signs that your elderly loved one has been physically or sexually abused by someone at a nursing home or by a caretaker, call an elder abuse attorney in San Francisco immediately.
Elder abuse may not be physical at all. Caretakers may psychologically and emotionally abuse a senior through belittling them, humiliating them, isolating them from friends, family, other nursing home residents, or another community. Emotional abuse can include manipulation and deceit. All of this can take an extraordinary toll on a senior’s wellbeing, leading to depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety.
Additionally, your loved one may suffer from financial abuse by a caretaker or nursing home. Care facilities can perpetrate financial abuse by not allowing residents to know about and control their own finances. They may charge unnecessary fees. Financial abuse also occurs through undue influence, fraud, and theft.Call Brod Law Firm for Help
If you notice any signs that your elderly loved one is not being cared for properly, whether they live in a nursing home or have an in-home caretaker, call Brod Law Firm to speak with a San Francisco elder abuse attorney today. We are highly experienced in elder neglect and abuse claims. We will conduct a thorough, independent investigation into the situation before offering you recommended next steps. We may be able to work with the facility providing care or state authorities to improve the situation and hold the caretaker responsible.
Depending on the facts, we may recommend filing a personal injury claim in court. During a personal injury claim, your loved one may pursue compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Reduced quality of life
Also, if the abuse amounts to a crime, we may recommend reporting the crime to the police and pushing for charges to be filed.
Call (800) 427-7020 or contact one of our offices in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Pleasanton, or Oakland to schedule a consultation.