What are the current statistics of nursing home abuse in California? The results will most likely alarm you. Nearly 200,000 Californians are victims of elder abuse every year. While elder abuse often takes place in nursing homes, areas of negligence like medication mistakes , physical abuse and more can take place in a variety of environments — clinics, public facilities, even your own neighborhood.
How can you help prevent these distressing acts? It’s crucial to be vigilant: learn how to recognize the signs of abuse and how to report them. California elder abuse attorneys, like the lawyers at Garcia, Artigliere and Medby, fight to hold abusers accountable to elder abuse laws . Contacting an attorney is vital if elder abuse is suspected, as critical evidence must be gathered in a timely manner.
Understanding warning signs and symptoms of elder abuse will help you become better informed to protect California’s elder population. The state’s Department of Justice has compiled a Citizen’s Guide to Preventing & Reporting Elder Abuse . We encourage you to read the guide for helpful information on subjects like:
- How to report elder abuse/whom to report it to
- Recognizing physical, financial and emotion abuse
- Tips on choosing a safe long-term care facility
- A variety of related online resources
What else is being done to prevent elder abuse? CANHR (California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform) works to create legislation on nursing home abuse in California , producing bills which protect seniors from financial abuse, fraud and more. These bills ensure that elder victims retain rights like the ability to seek compensation for financial abuse and the opportunity to regain lost property.
To ensure victims of elder abuse attain justice and compensation, potential claims should be handled by an experienced, qualified lawyer. Garcia & Artigliere provide California elder abuse attorneys who employ their knowledge of elder abuse laws skillfully and with the utmost compassion.
If you have a potential elder abuse case for review, please contact our California office today.