If you have a loved one living in a nursing home or other care center, you want to feel confident that they are not only cared for but that they are safe. Unfortunately, elder abuse is all too common. Keep reading to find out what your legal options are if your loved one is a victim of this type of abuse. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
You Have Several Options if Your Loved One is Being Abused
There are a few different remedies to consider if your loved one is being abused at a nursing home. The first step is to get the abuse stopped by filing a police report and/or reporting to the abuse to the California Department of Aging. If that does not stop it, if the at-fault party is not held accountable, or if you want to also recover compensation for your damages, you can file a personal injury lawsuit.
Elder Abuse Claims Are Not Limited to Senior Citizens
The civil protection act that allows a person to sue for damages related to elder abuse is actually called the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act. It applies to seniors are people who are at least 65 years old and also applies to a person between the ages of 16 and 64 who has physical and/or mental limitations that restrict their ability to protect their own rights and/or to carry out normal activities.
If the victim is able to do so, they can file a suit on their own behalf. If they are not, then the family can step in to report the abuse and file the claim on their behalf.
Compensation Might Be Available for a Variety of Damages
The specific damages you can sue for will depend on the specifics of the case. Some of the most common damages include medical costs, additional necessary long- or short-term care, hospital costs, necessary medical equipment, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and psychological counseling to deal with the situation.
Physical Abuse is Not the Only Type of Abuse
When a professional in a nursing home abuses someone, it is generally hidden. It can be physical and involve violence but that is not always the case. It can also involve sexual assault or sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, endangerment, and financial exploitation.
How to Determine if You Have Grounds for an Elder Abuse Claim
If you are not sure if you have grounds to file a lawsuit, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We can listen to your situation, consider the facts, and find the best legal options for you. Call us now and we can get started right away.