91-Year-Old Patient Struck 150 Times In Four Days
Another Caregiver Alerted Family
Surveillance Camera Captures Abuse On Film
When an elderly person is under the care of numerous caregivers in rotating shifts, it may be that one of the caregivers notices signs of abuse during their time with the patient. In a recently reported case, an abusive caregiver was apprehended following another aide’s report to the senior’s family of suspicion of abuse. The Marin elder abuse lawyers at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent victims and their families against those responsible for any kind of elder abuse. Call our elder abuse litigators today at 415-441-8669 if you or a loved one has been injured by any physical or financial elder abuse in Marin County, elsewhere in the Bay Area, or anywhere in California.
In the reported case, an aide shared her concerns of possible abuse of the elderly patient with the patient’s family, after noticing visible injuries on the 91-year-old female. The family then installed a hidden camera in the patient’s room. Camera footage subsequently revealed another caregiver allegedly striking the elderly patient more than 150 times over a four-day stretch. Police officers investigating the incident also reported that the patient’s medical records showed her suffering from facial swelling, a black eye, and a laceration to her arm. Authorities arrested the caregiver suspected of the abuse caught on film.
COVID-19 has made in-person visits to institutionalized older loved ones dangerous and off-limits in many homes. Some families have responded in these difficult times by removing their aged loved one from a facility. But that is not always an option. In-room cameras under these conditions may provide the family with the ability to monitor the care their older loved one receives. Under California law, the family has the right to install hidden cameras provided various procedures are followed. The facility administrator has an obligation to inform you of the steps to take for installation. It may, as in the reported case, save a senior from continued suffering and abuse.
Whether you are alerted to elder abuse by personal contact, information from others, or camera footage, act at once. Any sign of abuse may be only the beginning of a pattern of abuse or further injury. Therefore, call elder abuse counsel such as Ingrid M. Evans and the other Evans Law Firm elder abuse attorneys at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a> right away if you suspect any kind of elder abuse. Our litigators handle cases of physical and financial elder abuse and nursing home abuse.
 Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case in any way.