Oct 8, 2019 by |

Marin County and California Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys: Neglect and Abuse in Nursing Homes and Assisted Care Facilities

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Residents at Risk of Abuse and Neglect

Monitor the Living Conditions of Your Loved Ones

Nursing home abuse includes all manner of physical abuse and neglect, including sexual assault and rape, and the incidents of such abuse can be horrific. The Marin County elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. know how horrible and potentially fatal abuse and neglect of nursing home and assisted care facility residents can be. Our litigators represent residents and their families against any persons or entities responsible for any elder abuse or neglect suffered by seniors in nursing homes, care facilities or at the hands of in-home caregivers.  We also represent seniors abused or neglected by in-home caregivers.  If you or someone you know is suffering elder abuse in Marin County or elsewhere in California, call the elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669, and we can help.

Nursing home abuse is a problem here in Marin County and a growing problem nationally. About 3.2 million people in the U.S. live in nursing homes and are at risk abuse, abandonment, and/or neglect.  About 44 percent of nursing home residents in a recent survey indicated that they had suffered from abuse, and more than 95 percent indicated that they had been neglected by their caregivers.  In one recently reported case,[1] nearly a dozen elderly residents had to be rescued from a dilapidated assisted care facility after authorities found them living in squalor in the facility. One of the residents was rushed to the hospital in grave condition; the owner was arrested on 22 counts of elder abuse and nuisance charges.

Spotting Abuse

If your loved one is in 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 sexual assault, rape, 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. Report abuse to the authorities, and call elder abuse counsel like the 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 Marin 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. was not involved in the case in any way.

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