Protecting Victims Of Elder Abuse And Neglect
America’s elderly population has been increasing for decades, and this growth has increased strains on an already troubled sector of care. Nursing homes, assisted living and long-term care facilities are too often understaffed and overcapacity, leading to inadequate care. In other cases, seniors who receive in-home care from a family member or hired aide may become victims of financial abuse, neglect and other forms of mistreatment.
Vulnerable adults need an advocate who can fight to protect their rights and safety, and seek compensation for the harms they have suffered. At the law firm of James J. Thompson, we are proud to be such advocates.
Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect
Our firm seeks justice and compensation on behalf of victims of nursing home neglect and abuse. Although abuse and neglect are not always easy to identify, some troubling signs include:
- Bed sores
- Burns and scalding injuries (such as by contact with overly hot bath water)
- Bruises and broken bones
- Skin tears
- Slip-and-fall injuries
- Injuries occurring during transport of residents to medical facilities, on outings and other destinations
Even when a patient’s injuries or health issues are not the direct result of abuse, they can be exacerbated by inaction. For instance, a nursing home resident may inform a staff member about an injury or health problem. But if the staff member fails to follow up or to arrange a doctor’s appointment, the problem or injury will likely get worse.
Elder Abuse And Financial Abuse In The Home
Because aging often results in at least some isolation, it can be difficult to detect elder abuse. Thankfully, it is often eventually noticed by a family member, friend, neighbor or social worker. Common incidences of abuse include:
- Elder scams by mail, telephone, internet and door-to-door sellers
- Theft by a home health care worker or family member
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Neglect in medical and nursing services leading to illness or injury
- Care leading to injuries, hygiene issues, malnutrition and dehydration
- Psychological abuse and forced estrangement from loved ones
No matter how it gets reported, the next steps in cases of elder abuse are getting law enforcement involved and seeking justice with the help of an attorney. Our firm can help you or your loved one seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and loss of income, and restitution in cases of theft.
Contact Us For A Free Initial Consultation
Based in Chico, California, James J. Thompson serves clients in Butte County and surrounding areas. To discuss your concerns with an experienced lawyer for free, call us at 530-342-0886. You can also fill out our online contact form.