The abuse of elders is a topic that is not always given the attention that it deserves. Countless older individuals are left to suffer under uncaring conditions and many of these instances can be found in nursing homes. A large number of the countries elderly individuals are put in homes by families that may not be able to devote the large amount of attention that they require or cannot provide the medical care that is needed. Nursing homes have an astonishing rate of abuse cases for residents that are either physically or emotionally abused, or that are left unattended and uncared for.
One case of nursing home abuse has been receiving attention and the sentencing of one former Director of Nursing of Kern Valley Healthcare District Hospital was announced last week by the Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. This is a great accomplishment since many of these cases go unnoticed or are not given adequate handling from law enforcement. The suspect, GH, was sentenced to three years to serve in a state prison after pleading no contest to a felony count. GH was found to have given a considerable amount of psychotropic medication out to patients in the hospital for the purpose of keeping them quitter for the staff in the facility. 23 of the residents were given the medication if they were known to wander, be louder or tended to be more argumentative. The incident was found to have been the main cause or a contributing factor to the death of the one elderly person. The Attorney General is taking this case very seriously and stated that it was an outrage that the event took place.
Cases of elder abuse can occur in the nursing home or may take place in a general residence. Many victims cannot speak up for themselves or they are not believed when they do. Abuse can cause significant emotional and physical damage, along with leading to instances of a wrongful death. In many instances it may be valid for compensation to be sought. Abuse can come at a high cost, including the medical expenses that the victims and their families face. Those that are found guilty may be required to deal with criminal penalties and may be held liable for financial compensation. Abuse is something that no person should have to suffer from and these details should be brought to light so that they can be dealt with in a just manner. When you retain the legal services of a Los Angeles elder abuse lawyer from Norman Taylor & Associates, you can know that you have a caring, devoted professional on your side.