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Elder abuse refers to any intentional, reckless, or negligent acts by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable elderly adult. Abuse can come in various forms and one of which, neglect, can cause some of the most physical and mental pain and suffering. If you or someone you know has been a victim of neglect, contact an experienced Sacramento nursing home accident lawyer who can evaluate your case and provide assistance.

If an elder is neglected and left to care for themselves, they becomes virtually helpless. When they rely on the caretakers to tend to their daily needs such as feeding and hygiene, they become extremely vulnerable when denied such care. Neglect can include any of the following:

  • the failure to assist in personal hygiene, or in the provision of food, clothing or shelter;
  • the failure to provide medical care for physical and mental health needs;
  • the failure to protect from health and safety hazards;
  • and the failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration.

If you know anyone who has suffered from neglect, contact an attorney for help.

Signs of Abuse

There could be a variety of signs for neglect such as:

  • Unexplained weight loss, malnutrition or dehydration
  • Bedsores
  • Bruises and skin damage
  • Aside from the physical evidence, there are behavioral indicators as well such as:
  • Agitation
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Defensiveness
  • Denial
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Helplessness
  • Withdrawal

These types of signs can indicate not just neglect but a variety of other abuse. It’s not only damaging to the mind but can be damaging to health as well. If you are a victim of elder abuse, the law ensures that you will be compensated for any pain and suffering you endured.

Who Can Sue for Elder Abuse?

As long as the elder or dependent adult has not died from the mistreatment of their caretakers or others, the injured party is the real party in interest who can sue on his or her own behalf. If the injured party dies as a result of the misconduct, the court allows the representative of the decedent or the decedent’s successor in interest to sue.

In addition, the death of an elder or dependent adult gives rise to a wrongful death action for the eligible surviving heirs. Not only does the decedent’s personal case come to court, but also the wrongful death case for the survivors. Bringing two cases to court can become pretty tricky so it’s always best to contact an experienced and skilled Sacramento nursing home accident lawyer for help.

Speak with Our Sacramento Nursing Home Accident Lawyer About Elder Abuse Injuries

Contact our offices in Folsom or Sacramento to discuss your injuries with a lawyer. We offer a free initial consultation to all new clients. You can reach us by phone at (916) 357-6767 or send us an email to schedule an appointment.

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