CALIFORNIA NURSING HOME ABUSE ATTORNEY
FIGHTING FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT FIGHT FOR THEMSELVES
The elderly should be among the most treasured of our citizens. Up to forty percent of all adults living in the United States of America will live in a nursing home at some point in their lives.
That percentage currently means over three million adults residing in nursing homes currently, with the numbers only rising as the population continues to age. These people have safeguarded our society, caring for us and providing us with the country we live in. They deserve to be honored as well as cared for, and for most seniors that holds true.
However, our treasured elders are also among the most vulnerable members of society. Because of this, they can sometimes fall victim to the abuses of those who would take advantage of them.
Studies show that roughly one in six nursing home residents suffer from some form of elder abuse and that victimhood increases the likelihood of the patient dying within three years of experiencing their abuse.
The elderly must be safeguarded against potential predators looking to take advantage of these vulnerable members of society. At The Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC, we understand how important it is to protect our elders.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of nursing home abuse, contact our Alameda County nursing home abuse lawyers to learn your rights and receive advice on ways to pursue legal satisfaction.
TYPES OF NURSING HOME ABUSE
Because of the intimate contact, a nursing home staff has with their residents, an elderly victim can be subject to a variety of potential forms of abuse.
Those forms include:
- Psychological Abuse – such as shaming or humiliating a defenseless patient
- Physical Abuse – including striking and pinching as well as improper use of restraints
- Sexual Abuse – involving improper contact or attention towards those incapable of expressing consent
- Resident on Resident Abuse – allowing community members to mistreat one another
- Staff Negligence – failing to tend to the needs of a resident in a timely manner
- Financial Exploitation – taking advantage of having access to a resident’s financial details
If you suspected that your loved one is suffering, do not hesitate to reach out to our nursing home attorneys in Oakland. We serve clients throughout Alameda County.
SIGNS OF ABUSE IN THE NURSING HOME
Neglect or abuse in the nursing home may be difficult to detect, however, there are common signs to watch out for. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused, watch out for these signs:
- Unexplained scratches, bruises, cuts, or broken bones
- Redness on skin that may indicate the use of restraints
- Bedsores or pressure sores
- Dry, cracked skin or lips
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Illness that is not reported to the family
Signs of elderly emotional abuse include;
- Mental decline
- Fear of interaction
- Mood swings
- Fear of complaining about the conditions
- Decreased appetite
A SKILLED NURSING HOME ABUSE LAWYER CAN HELP
The key to elderly abuse is making the resident and their family feel like they are helpless. That could not be further from the truth. Nursing home residents have rights, and their families have a variety of legal options at their disposal to guarantee the safety of their loved ones. That includes criminal and financial actions.
Here at The Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC, our team is steadfastly on your side. We will do our best to ensure that your loved one is properly cared for and, in circumstances where they have been abused, justice is meted out, and compensation is rendered.
The elderly deserve the best, and our experienced legal team will see to it that you or your family member receives the best. Contact our offices in Oakland right away to schedule a consultation with our nursing home abuse lawyers so that we can discuss your circumstances. We can schedule appointments outside of normal business hours with advanced notice to best work with your schedule and serve clients throughout Alameda County and the Bay Area.