Physical Elder Abuse
A California Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Can Help Protect Your Loved Ones From Physical Abuse
When you place the care of your elderly family member in the hands of another person or institution, such as a nursing home or residential care facility for the elderly, you trust that the staff will treat your loved one like their own—with professional, full-time care and compassion. Choosing a nursing home for loved ones is never easy, but such facilities should be selected based on which one will be the best fit and provide the highest quality of care for your loved one.
Nursing homes are meant to be literal homes for older residents who can no longer live on their own, or whose needs have increased beyond their family’s ability to provide. For this reason, physical abuse in nursing homes—bed sores, broken bones, caregiver neglect, sexual assault, or other physical trauma—should never be tolerated. Family members should be on guard against signs of abuse, and should act immediately at the first signs or suspicions of a problem. The Welfare and Institutions Code 15600, et seq. encourages individuals to report known or suspected cases of abuse. If your loved one has been subject to abuse in his or her nursing home, you should seek legal counsel from an experienced California nursing home abuse attorney to determine the best course of action.
Caretakers as Abusers
Because many older people need help with their day-to-day tasks, whether it is someone to bring in groceries and do light cleaning a few times a week, or full-time care and attention from an in-home nurse or relative, there is a fear of becoming a burden on that caretaker, or on the family. These abusers target that fear, placing the victims in a constant state of emotional strain, worrying that they are not worthy of care, time, or attention, or that money and time are being “wasted” on them.
Unfortunately, the environment is ripe for emotional abuse anywhere that a senior citizen is dependent on another person for care, attorneys at our Alameda County elder abuse law firm report. When emotional abuse comes from a caretaker, the fear of being a burden is constantly reinforced, and can drive the victim to despair and desperation.
What makes elder abuse even more troubling is that it is usually difficult to tell when it is going on. Unlike physical abuse, there are no bruises or broken bones as evidence. A victim is much less likely to report emotional abuse, because the primary goal of this abuse is to erode the person’s self-worth. Once emotional abuse reaches a level where the victim feels worthless and degraded, or like no one cares about him or her, the abuser is likely to continue to get away with these actions.
Some signs of potential emotional abuse include withdrawal, increased anxiety, displays of discomfort around a specific person, lack of contact, communication, or positive thinking, or changes in mood and temperament. If any of these signs are present, someone may be emotionally abusing your loved one, and you should act immediately.
About Attorney Ingrid Evans
Ingrid Evans, the founding partner at Evans Law Firm, Inc. was named a finalist for California Consumer Attorney of the Year in 2009 for her work on the case of Buhs v. American International Group, in which she recovered approximately $5 million dollars in restitution for 750 senior victims who were sold deferred annuities by AIG and its agents. She was also named a finalist in 2012 for Consumer Attorney of the Year in a case where she recovered more than $9 million dollars for 17,000 senior citizen victims.
Ms. Evans was appointed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris to be on an elder abuse committee working group and received the 2012 Donald N. Phelps Visionary Leadership Award for raising public awareness and advocating for positive change for senior citizens from the Elder Financial Protection Network.
Leading the San Francisco elder abuse lawyers at Evans Law Firm, Inc., Ms. Evans has written legislation to protect seniors that has been enacted into law. She has testified before California senate and congressional committees, the Department of Insurance, and has organized senior victims to testify before a United States Senate subcommittee on issues involving the protection of senior citizens.
Her elder abuse cases have appeared on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Fox News, San Francisco’s local KRON Channel 4 and KGO Channel 7 stations, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, California Lawyer, and Miami-Herald.
The Evans Law Firm, Inc. Stands Up for Victims of Elder Abuse
Our nursing home abuse attorneys handle a wide range of cases, including:
- Caregiver fraud
- Insufficient staffing in nursing homes
- Long-term care
- Nursing home abuse
- Obtaining elder abuse restraining orders
- Obtaining domestic violence and other restraining orders
- Abandonment and elder abuse in California
Our attorneys take a hands-on approach with our clients throughout every step of the process. We provide personalized attention for each of our clients, and make it a priority to provide prompt, accurate responses to inquiries, and the best possible representation for legal cases. As a team, we know that every client comes to us with a unique situation and set of concerns, and we strive to provide anything and everything you need.
Free, No Obligation Consultation
If you or a family member has been injured or have had money taken from you by a caregiver, insurance company or “friend,” call the Evans Law Firm at 888-503-8267 or 415-441-8669 to discuss whether you have a potential abuse case. Our attorneys can also assist with your estate planning needs, so call us today.
Located in San Francisco, our financial elder abuse and caregiver fraud attorneys accept cases throughout the Bay Area, including Alameda County and Marin County, and also throughout Southern California.