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San Bernardino Elder Abuse Lawyers
Our San Bernadino elder abuse attorneys have more than 150 combined years of experience fighting for seniors
Any abuse of any senior is unconscionable. Abuse of parents, grandparents, and anyone in your family who is 60 or older should be met with an immediate review to stop the abuse from continuing. Your loved one should be examined by a skilled elder care physician and specialists. When caretakers at assisted living facilities, nursing homes, adult daycare centers, or at the senior’s own home commit or fail to prevent abuse; our San Bernardino elder abuse lawyers have the experience and reputation to fight for your loved one immediately. At Garcia & Antiglare, we have more than $3 billion in recoveries for our clients. Speak with our respected elder abuse attorneys now.
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How can our San Bernardino elder abuse lawyers help?
- What is elder abuse?
- When should I suspect that a senior I love is being abused in San Bernardino?
- How can I help a loved one assert their rights if elder abuse is occurring in San Bernardino?
- How do your lawyers fight for abused seniors in San Bernardino?
- Do you have a San Bernardino elder abuse lawyer near me?
What is elder abuse?
At Garcia & Artigliere, our San Bernardino elder abuse lawyers file personal injury claims on behalf of any senior who is abused by their caretaker. A senior is anyone 60 or older. Caretakers include nursing homes, long-term care facilities, at-home healthcare agencies, and adult daycare centers.
The US National Institute on Aging defines abuse as follows:
- Physical abuse. Physical abuse includes hitting, punching, slapping, burning, pushing, or any type of physical contact with a senior that might cause pain. Physical abuse also includes denying a senior their medications, nutrition, or basic needs. The unauthorized use of physical or chemical restraints is also physical abuse.
- Sexual abuse. Sexual abuse involves any sexual acts or contact that are non-consensual, including forcing a senior to watch sexual acts. Rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and promises of good treatment in return for sexual favors are considered sexual abuse. Sexual abuse may involve administrators, staff members, visitors, and other residents. Sadly, many of the targets of sexual abuse of the elderly are seniors who have physical or cognitive impairments.
- Neglect. Elder care neglect is any type of neglect by any type of caretaker. Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and agencies that provide in-home health care all need to inspect their premises for risks of falling. Caretakers need to do more than know what dangers their residents may be exposed to; they need to prepare for those dangers. Preparation means taking steps to prevent mistakes from happening and responding quickly when neglect causes any type of harm. Many of the harms that nursing home residents in San Bernardino may incur are very well-known such as bedsores, medication errors, and malnutrition and dehydration. Our San Bernardino lawyers have the experience and resources to show why nursing home neglect happens, why the neglect was preventable, and the harm your loved one is now suffering.
When should I suspect that a senior I love is being abused in San Bernardino?
Our San Bernardino elder abuse lawyers strongly suggest that children, other family members, friends, and the caretakers themselves regularly look for the following signs of abuse:
Signs of physical abuse
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Bladder and bowel dysfunction
- Broken hips, legs, arms, and other body parts
- Cuts, bruises and lacerations
- Lack of good hygiene and grooming
- Clothes that look disheveled, unmatched, or don’t fit
- Assistive devices that aren’t being used or are of poor quality
- Difficulty sleeping
- Changes in weight
- Indications a senior isn’t taking their medications
- Physical pain
- Sings that physical or chemical restraints are being used
Signs of emotional abuse
- Lack of communication with relatives and friends
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Rocking back and forth
- Irritability, anxiousness, and depression
- Not being engaged
- Feeling unhappy or helpless
- Signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Signs of sexual abuse
Possible signs include sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), undergarments that are ripped or bloody, abnormal communication especially about sex, complaints about genital parts, fear of another resident or a caretaker staff member, and many other physical and emotional signs.
Additional indications of San Bernardino elder abuse include:
- Signs a resident fell
- Your loved one wanders off or elopes from a residence
- Failing to respect a senior’s rights
How can I help a loved one assert their rights if elder abuse is occurring in San Bernardino?
The elderly who are abused by a San Bernardino caretaker rely on relatives, friends, and other caretakers to protect them. Most seniors already have physical challenges. Many seniors have dementia or Alzheimer’s. Children and other caring people can help by:
- Visiting with and talking to your loved one regularly. It helps to switch the day and time of day you visit to help ensure you can see how different caretakers are treating your loved one.
- Looking around a long-term care facility, adult daycare center, or your loved one’s home to observe any dangers such as broken tiles, torn carpets, accent rugs, steep stairs, or loose railings.
- Making sure your loved one is being given and taking his/her medications.
- Observing your loved one’s interactions with other residents and other members of the staff
Anyone who suspects abuse should contact the San Bernardino Long-Term Care Ombudsman or Adult Protective Services. The San Bernardino ombudsman reviews complaints of abuse at long-term care facilities.
You should also prioritize contacting our respected San Bernardino elder abuse lawyers. We’re ready to protect your loved one today.
How do your lawyers fight for abused seniors in San Bernardino?
At Garcia & Artigliere, our experienced San Bernardino elder abuse lawyers have been fighting for the elderly for more than 30 years. We’ve secured more than $3 billion in recoveries – or about $100 million on average each year. We obtain strong results because we understand the federal and California laws that regulate nursing homes. We work with professionals who understand caretaker best practices requirements. Our team also works with the police if they’re called to investigate abuse, the local ombudsman, and local adult protective services.
Our elder abuse lawyers also work with gerontologists, other elder cared doctors, and many different types of therapists to show just how devastating your loved one’s injuries are. We demand full compensation for a senior’s medical costs and the trauma your loved one endures every day. We also filed wrongful death claims if your loved one died due to any elder abuse in San Bernardino.
Our record of strong settlements and verdicts includes a $46 million judgment against several defendants for violations of the False Claims Act. In another significant case, we acted as counsel in the largest Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act settlement in California history. The amount of the settlement was more than $38.6 million.
Do you have a San Bernardino elder abuse lawyer near me?
Garcia & Artigliere represents San Bernardino elder abuse victims throughout California. In 2022, our legal team secured $50 million for our clients. We’ll guide you and your loved one through each step of the claims process. We fight to protect your loved ones by demanding full compensation for their medical care and the harm they live with every day.
Contact the skilled Bernardino elder abuse attorneys lawyers at Garcia & Artigliere now
At Garcia & Artigliere, our San Bernardino attorneys are skilled at showing what abuse occurred, who should have prevented the abuse, and every way the abuse has affected your loved one. We understand the duty of care and protection caretakers owe the people they contract to care for.
To schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced San Bernadino elder abuse lawyers, call or contact our offices. Garcia & Artigliere has offices in Long Beach and Los Angeles and serve clients throughout California.
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