Many of our Elders and Dependent Adults are incapable of caring for themselves and expressing their needs. They are vulnerable and require high quality care and protection. That is why the California legislature enacted the Elder and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act. The laws contained in this act make it clear that neglecting and abusing our Elders and Dependent Adults will not be tolerated and that those responsible for such heinous acts will be forced to pay the stiffest of penalties and damages in civil court.
Yet, corporations that own, operate and manage Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) and Long Term Care Centers (LTAC) are profiting immensely from the business of abusing and neglecting our Elders and Dependent Adults. These facilities hold themselves out in the community as being fully staffed, trained and equipped to take care of their patients and residents. Most times, that is just simply not true.
Instead, these entities understaff their facilities with poorly trained and under-educated personnel that are ill-equipped to care for and ensure the safety of our Elders and Dependent Adults. “See, Mr. Stipp’s case featured in the Sacramento Bee that is directly on this issue. Sacramento Bee Article.” Their motivation is to cut costs to maximize profits, all in effort to make billions of dollars at the expense of our loved ones, grandmas, grandpas, moms and dads.
Here are some types of injuries typically seen in Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse cases:
• Falls (and resulting injuries)
• Bed Sores and Other Skin Neglect
• Verbal Abuse
• Sexual Abuse
• Physical Abuse
• Severe Weight Loss
• Excessive Wandering (including outside of the facility)
• Overmedication (on purpose to quiet the Elder)
• Head Injuries
• Poor Hygiene
• Psychological and Emotional Abuse
• Broken bones
If your loved one has been abused or neglected at the hands of these facilities, you should seek legal assistance from an attorney that is experienced litigating Elder Abuse cases specifically. We are here to help.