Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison can help you hold abusers liable for harming your loved one.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, only about 1 in 14 instances of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of the authorities. At PLBSMH, we want to help change this by providing families with the information and resources they need to identify elder abuse and pursue compensation for the injuries and harm suffered by older loved ones.
What Is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse is defined as physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, or neglect of individuals 65 years old and above. Common examples include nursing home staff yelling at residents, hitting them, isolating them, allowing malnutrition or dehydration, or failing to treat and prevent bedsores.
Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (Elder Abuse Act) (Welf. & Inst. Code, §15600 et seq.). The Elder Abuse Act was enacted to provide for the private, civil enforcement of laws against elder abuse and neglect. One of the major objectives of the Act is the protection of residents of nursing homes and other health care facilities. The statutory provisions governing elder abuse or neglect are not limited to mentally incompetent or physically impaired elders. The Act also covers “dependent adults” which are defined as any “person between the ages of 18 and 64 years who reside in this state and who has physical or mental limitations. . .” (Welfare & Inst. Code §15610.23.) Elder or dependent adult abuse under the Act is defined as physical abuse, neglect, or financial abuse. Neglect may include the failure to assist in personal hygiene or in the provision of food, clothing or shelter, the failure to provide medical care for physical and emotional health needs including the prevention of bed sores, failing to protect from health safety hazards and failing to prevent malnutrition and dehydration.
How Can Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison Help?
PLBSMH can provide comprehensive, step-by-step assistance as you pursue a civil action against the caregiver, nursing home, or other entity responsible for your loved one’s mistreatment. We can:
- Look for evidence to prove who committed the elder abuse
- Document your loved one’s injuries
- Place an appropriate value on the damages in the case, including all medical bills, emotional distress, and pain and suffering
- Seek compensation in negotiations with a nursing home and their insurance provide
- File a lawsuit and fight for fair compensation in court
Now You May Wonder…
…Can I Afford an Elder Abuse Attorney?
If your loved one is in a care facility, finances may be tight. Fortunately, Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison offers no-risk representation. If you retain us as your attorney, we will immediately begin working to protect your loved one’s rights with no money due up front. If we do not win the case, you do not have to pay for our services.
To learn more, please call us at (800) 435-7542 now.