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Nursing Home Abuse

Marin County Nursing Home Abuse

San Rafael and other cities in Marin County contain a growing number of elderly citizens who may require extra care and medical assistance. While nursing homes have traditionally been places for elders to receive the care and support they need, recent years have seen an upward trend in physical and financial elder abuse at nursing homes and elder care facilities. Before committing to a nursing home, educate yourself about the dangers and realities of nursing home abuse. If you suspect that you or a loved one has already been the victim of nursing home abuse in Marin County or elsewhere in California, contact The Evans Law Firm at 415-441-8669 or e-mail info@evanslaw.com for a free and confidential consultation.

What are Telltale Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?

If you see your elderly loved one infrequently, it can be difficult to tell whether they have been the victim of nursing home abuse. The following are potential examples of signs that show nursing home abuses:

Unexplained injuries or illnesses: Elders should not be getting injured at nursing homes. If your elderly loved one has unexplained bruises, cuts, sores, or other injuries, be sure to probe deeper into the cause. This may be the result of neglect or physical elder abuse. Similarly, if the elder is frequently sick, he or she may not be receiving the proper treatment and care at the nursing home.

Emotional agitation, distress, or distance: A change in mood or temperament may signify that the elder has been a victim of emotional elder abuse or neglect. Examples of this include yelling, humiliating, or ignoring the resident.

Drastic weight change or malnutrition: Be on the look-out for signs of poor nutrition, including over- or under-feeding. Drastic gain or loss of weight is almost always dangerous to an elder’s health.

Unsanitary living conditions: A nursing home is responsible for maintaining the quality of life of its residents. If the elder is left to live in dirty or unhygienic conditions, this could constitute physical elder abuse or neglect.

Unexplained or sudden death: If a previously healthy patient suddenly dies as a result of being placed in a nursing home, he or she may not have been receiving the care and treatment they needed. Over- or under-medicating, inappropriate medical treatment, neglect, and physical abuse can all contribute to wrongful death at a nursing home.

Marin County Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

Nursing home abuse is a serious and egregious matter that should be addressed immediately. The Evans Law Firm litigates on behalf of victims of physical and financial elder abuse in Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, contact The Evans Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation at 415-441-8669 or email info@evanslaw.com .

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