In California, elder abuse and nursing home abuse are governed by state statutes that are designed to prevent elders and nursing home residents from becoming victims. These statutes also set out the guidelines through which violators can be charged or held accountable.
Elder abuse does not just include physical abuse. Mental and emotional abuse, as well as financial abuse, are also detailed in the laws. While the law does dictate that someone may be considered an “elder” if they are more than 65 years old, anyone who is disabled or otherwise incapacitated may be protected by state laws as well.
At the Law Firm of Rivers J. Morrell, III, I am a personal injury attorney who is sensitive to the needs of family members who are concerned about an elderly or disabled loved one. If you suspect abuse or neglect, it is important that you take immediate action to prevent any further injury or damage.
Types of Elder and Nursing Home Abuses
Our firm handles all types of physical, mental, emotional and financial abuse and neglect of elders, including situations involving:
- Physical assaults, including sexual assault
- Malnutrition and/or dehydration
- Excessive or unnecessary restraints
- Verbal assaults and degradation
- Unreasonable confinement
- Falls and broken bones
Financial Abuse of Elders
Elderly individuals may not be thoroughly aware of themselves or daily situations. As such, they are in a vulnerable position if someone were to request money or property from them. Many elders would not notice if money was to go missing from accounts. Whether the money was embezzled by someone, coerced by a salesman or charitable organization, or the elder was otherwise financially preyed upon, even by family members and loved ones, action should be taken immediately to put a stop to the financial abuse.
Elder Abuse Is Criminal
The California penal code is the criminal law system that includes details about how elder abuse cases are considered criminal. Whether the person was negligent in their responsibilities or was intentionally harmful, he or she may be facing jail time, monetary fines and additional professional penalties if convicted of elder abuse. The severity of the punishments is often dependent on the severity of the abuse and/or neglect.
Contact a Lawyer for More Information on Elder Abuse Cases
Do not hesitate to take action in order to protect your loved ones from elder abuse and nursing home neglect. Call my Orange County, California, office at (949) 305-1400 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation.