Wandering: A Real Danger With Alzheimer’s Sufferers
Wandering (also known as elopement) is a common behavior for older persons suffering from dementia, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s victims are often disoriented and incapable of recognizing their surroundings or finding their way home if they have wandered off. In-home caregivers and nursing homes are responsible for the care and monitoring of these individuals. Through negligence or carelessness facilities and caregivers may allow patients to wander unsafely throughout a home or even leave the home or facility and wander off premises.
Wandering off is extremely dangerous for these patients and severe injury, even death, may occur. Caregivers and nursing homes may be held accountable for resulting injury if they failed to prevent the patient from wandering. The Marin and California elder and nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. understand the standards of care expected of caregivers and nursing homes and can represent you or a loved one injured as a result of wandering or elopement which occurs due to lack of supervision. Our attorneys know how to investigate these cases and what remedies are available to the victims. If you or someone you know was injured wandering or from other neglect or elder abuse here in Marin or elsewhere in California, call the elder abuse and nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669, and we can help.
A senior who has wandered from home or facility grounds may encounter dangerous traffic conditions or severe weather, putting him or her at risk of severe injuries and even a wrongful death. Injuries should be reported to the authorities (police and Adult Protective Services) immediately. Caregivers and nursing homes are required to report any such injuries and failure to do so may result in penalties and further consequences. Always seek counsel such as the elder abuse lawyers at Evans Law Firm as well when injury occurs in order to pursue all available remedies against those accountable.
If you or a loved one is or has been injured wandering off from a caregiver or nursing home or been the victim of any other form of elder or nursing home abuse in Marin or elsewhere in California, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other elder and nursing home abuse attorneys at the Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org</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.