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Apr 14, 2020 by |

Alameda County and California Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys: Nursing Home Residents Victimized By Rape, Sexual Assault, And Battery

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Residents at Risk

Cases of Sexual Assaults and Rape Increase

Dementia Patients Particularly at Risk

Nursing home residents are at risk of harm from intentional abuse such as rape, sexual assault, battery, and intentional overmedication as well as negligent treatment and neglect. More and more incidents of sexual misconduct at nursing homes are in the news including an arrest just last week of a nursing assistant for inappropriately touching a resident.[1]  Authorities believe there are more victims and are continuing their investigation, according to reports.  The Alameda County elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent senior victims of sexual abuse, rape, overmedication, neglect, abandonment, or injuries from wandering off/elopement. If you or someone you know is suffering elder abuse in San Francisco or Alameda County or elsewhere in California, call the elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669, and we can help.

Spotting Abuse

If your loved one has already been admitted to a nursing home or assisted care facility, visit as often as you can and monitor the care your loved one receives. Do the same if your loved home is still at home under the care of an in-home caregiver. Watch for signs of possible abuse or neglect:

  • Bedsores/pressure ulcers or other poor skin conditions;
  • Indication of rape, sexual assault, or battery;
  • Bruises and scratch marks;
  • Poor physical appearance or lack of cleanliness;
  • Frequent infections;
  • Falls;
  • Injuries from wandering off unsupervised (known as elopement);
  • Lack of equipment and supplies;
  • Overmedication;
  • Rapid weight loss;
  • Dehydration;
  • Abnormal or withdrawn behavior and unusual silence;
  • Prolonged sleep or drowsiness;
  • Agitation especially when certain caregivers are present or caregivers who do not want the patient to be alone with others;
  • Reluctance to speak when staff is nearby;
  • Unsanitary and unclean conditions, soiled bed linens and clothes;
  • Fear of being touched.

You know your loved one best and other observations may concern you. Always report suspected abuse to the authorities but also call qualified counsel like the California nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm to help you and the victim obtain all available remedies under California law from those responsible, including awards of attorneys’ fees and costs for bringing your elder abuse action. 

Contact Us

If you or a loved one is or has been the victim of abuse or neglect from a caregiver or while residing in a nursing home or other care facility in San Francisco or Alameda County or elsewhere in California, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other nursing home abuse attorneys at the Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:info@evanslaw.com”>info@evanslaw.com</a>. We can help guide your case through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, qui tam and whistleblower law, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.

[1] Evans Law Firm, Inc. is not involved in the case in any way.

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