Elder Abuse Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
Vulnerable elderly dependent adults that require care in a nursing home
or from a caregiver, either a professional or a relative, can suffer from
abuse or neglect. At Norman Taylor & Associates, the
Los Angeles elder abuse lawyer is an advocate for the rights of the elderly will take action to protect
your relative from further harm, neglect abuse or other illegal act.
Areas of Practice
Nursing Home Abuse
As the population ages, there is an increase in the number of care facilities
in the Los Angeles area. These facilities may not train their staff adequately,
or may have failed to provide the accepted level of care, leading to abuse
or neglect. If you suspect that an elderly person is being abused or neglected,
it is critical that you act quickly and contact the firm.
Physical Elder Abuse
The vulnerable and frail state of the elderly can make them a perfect
target for criminal acts, including physical harm. The improper use of
restraints, causing bruising, striking, kicking, slapping or other physical
abuse cannot be tolerated and those involved must be stopped and held
Sexual Elder Abuse
Dependent adults can becomes victims of sexual predators, either in a
nursing home or in cases of private homecare workers. Many elderly people
are unable to communicate what is happening, or they are humiliated and
threatened with repercussions do not report the situation.
Neglect is one of the most common forms of abuse that is inflicted on
dependent adults. Lack of proper hygiene, nutrition, over-medication and
even a failure to provide respectful and compassionate care and interaction
can lead to health and emotional problems. Any such case should be addressed
at once with the help of an advocate for elder rights.
When a dependent adult is not properly cared for, a common and serious
medical problem that can arise are bedsores. This condition is extremely
dangerous to the physical health of the individual, and can lead to the
need for amputations and can be the cause of death if action is not taken.
Assisted Living Facilities
We place our elderly relatives in assisted living facilities so that they
can get the ongoing care and treatment that they need, and we assume that
they will be cared for with a high level of professional skill. Unfortunately,
this is not always the case, and dependent adults can become victims of
abuse or neglect.
Lack of Proper Care
It is expected that an elderly person will be cared for with attention
to all of their physical and emotional needs; treated with kindness; and
that they are cared for at the accepted level of care. When they fail
to do so, they can be held accountable both in criminal and civil court.
Lack of Dignity and Respect
Our elderly, after a lifetime of work, raising a family and contributing
to society, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and under
the law, this right is protected. When they are treated unkindly, are
abused or neglected, it is a violation of their rights as well as illegal.
One of the most common forms of abuse of dependent adults is malnutrition.
They must be carefully monitored in a nursing home or by a caregiver to
ensure that they get proper nutrition. Any nursing home, assisted living
facility or caregiver that allows a dependent adult to suffer from malnutrition
must be held accountable.
Allowing a dependent adult to become severely dehydrated is a form of
abuse or neglect. The signs of dehydration include dry, flaky skin, dry
mouth, confusion, muscle weakness, urinary tract infections, weight loss,
fever, dizziness and others, all of which are extremely dangerous to their health.
Unaddressed Infections / Sepsis
It is far too common that infections are not properly treated in nursing
homes or by home caregivers to the elderly. A failure to correctly control
and treat an infection can lead to further complications, serious illness
and death. All nursing homes are required to manage infections and provide
an environment that is safe and monitors all health issues of their residents.
Violation of Resident's Rights
Under state law, residents of nursing homes have specific rights. Each
care facility must provide a list of these rights to the resident when
they are admitted to the nursing home or other facility. They have the
right to privacy, dignity and respect, to choose their own doctor, to
their personal property and others.
Wandering / Elopement
There are many dependent adults that suffer from Alzheimer's disease
or other form of dementia. Wandering is one of the problems associated
with Alzheimer's specifically, due to the impaired memory of the individual,
which makes them easily disoriented and unable to recognize where they
are, how they got there and other problems.
How to Report Elder Abuse
Under the state's Elder and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act,
commonly termed the "Elder Abuse Act", the rights of the elderly
to get legal representation to pursue damages after being abused or neglected
are clearly outlined. The Los Angeles County Adult Protective Services
(APS) must be contacted and the abuse reported immediately if the signs
The Nursing Home Reform Act
Reforms were made to protect the elderly by the passage of the Nursing
Home Reform Act of 1987. This Act has the objective to ensure that dependent
adults that reside in nursing homes receive the level of care that they
deserve, and established standards for the services that are provided
in these facilities.
Home Health Agencies
Prevent abuse of the elderly or dependent adults that are cared for by
personnel from home health agencies is a vital concern. It is estimated
that 17% of those over the age of 65 need assistance with their daily
activities, and rely on support from personnel provided by home health
agencies. Ensuring that your relative is not at risk of emotional or physical
abuse from a caregiver is a critical issue.
By being aware and looking out for any dangers or warnings, you may be
able to avoid abuse all together. Read about some of the things to be
on guard for or the ways that abuse can often be overlooked.