As Population Ages, Risk Grows For Elder Abuse

As the elderly population continues to grow in California, so do the risks that your loved one could become a victim of abuse at a nursing home or other senior care facility. Elder abuse victims are often weak, physically or mentally disabled, or both, which leaves them at the mercy of people they depend on the most — caregivers.

Even if you do not think you have a case, contact us at 951-289-0628. Making an inquiry with an attorney will not obligate you to pursue legal action, but it may give you a different perspective and change your mind.

At The Ellis Firm, APLC, we care about the well-being of our clients, and we have the legal knowledge to help you when your loved one has been a victim of elder abuse. There are many laws in the state of California that specifically protect elders in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, short-term care facilities and in residential settings.

Striking Back When Loved Ones Are Neglected

What is elder abuse? According to the California Department of Justice, elder abuse includes physical abuse such as:

  • Assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Unreasonable physical constraint
  • Prolonged deprivation of food or water
  • Inappropriate use of a physical or chemical restraint or psychotropic medication

And emotional abuse such as:

  • Verbal assaults, threats or intimidation
  • Subjecting an individual to fear, isolation or serious emotional distress
  • Withholding of emotional support
  • Confinement

And other types of neglect, including:

  • Failure to assist in personal hygiene
  • Failure to provide clothing and shelter
  • Failure to provide medical care
  • Failure to protect from health and safety hazards
  • Failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration

The physical warning signs that your loved one may be a victim of elder abuse can be:

  • Bed sores
  • Development or worsening of pressure sores
  • Excessive weight loss
  • Unusual or recurring scratches, bruises, skin tears or welts
  • Signs of excessive drugging
  • Foul smelling, uncombed or matted hair
  • Injuries that are incompatible with explanations

Assisted Living Neglect Attorneys Serving Temecula, Corona And Riverside

At The Ellis Firm, APLC, we provide knowledgeable legal advice to you if you have been a victim of elder abuse. We offer individualized attention and care in many areas of personal injury law. We are the ones working on your case, and you will not be handed off to a legal assistant.

If you would like to schedule a free consultation with one of our elder abuse attorneys, contact us online or call 951-289-0628. We collect no fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

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