For most Southern California residents the thought of an elderly loved one being subjected to humiliation, neglect or abuse can turn the stomach. Most people understand that there may come a time when these elderly family members will need to receive around-the-clock care at an assisted living center or a nursing home, but when that time comes they expect their family members to be treated with care and respect. The sad reality is, however, that elder abuse does occur in a wide variety of circumstances.
Nursing home neglect and abuse can make the news headlines when reports are made public. Such stories over the last several years have been shocking and saddening, in locations in California and throughout the rest of the country. The initial impact of the allegations can be hard to deal with, but the family members of those who are subjected to abuse or neglect will likely want to move quickly to take action to hold the responsible parties accountable.
When an elderly person is subjected to physical, mental or financial abuse, it may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to pursue damages. The circumstances of every case are different, but, in general, the members of nursing home staff are held to a reasonable standard of care. If that standard is violated, there could be legal repercussions.
At our law firm we understand that every elderly person should be treated with dignity. Elder abuse and neglect comes in many different forms, and at our law firm we attempt to help our clients when they believe a family member has been victimized. For more information, please visit the elder abuse section of our website.