When faced with nursing home/assisted living abuse or neglect, you need a legal team that provides you with knowledge, care and efficiency. Needham Kepner & Fish LLP has a long history of representing victims of elder abuse and neglect in the Bay Area. Our San Jose elder abuse attorneys help our clients hold negligent nursing homes and assisted living facilities financially responsible. We may be able to help you recover compensation for your losses, too.
Schedule a free consultation with us to discuss you or your loved one’s situation. Our San Jose elder abuse attorneys can answer questions and concerns you may have, and help you understand your potential legal options.
In California, elder abuse encompasses many types of abuse, neglect and exploitation toward anyone 65 years of age or older or a dependent adult. Types of elder abuse may include:
Stay alert for the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect when visiting your loved one. You can look for signs within your loved one’s facility. Indications of a facility where elder abuse and/or neglect exists may include, but are not limited to:
You should also look for physical signs on your loved one. Common signs of elder abuse or elder neglect may include, but are not limited to:
Emotional changes in your loved one may also suggest abuse or neglect. These signs may include, but are not limited to:
Signs of elder abuse vary depending on the type of abuse or neglect. Learn more warning signs here:
Elder abuse and/or neglect can lead to avoidable illnesses, injury or even wrongful death. Your loved one may be helpless to seek action in this situation. It may fall to you to seek justice for your loved one.
Take action if you have reason to believe that your loved one is experiencing elder neglect and/or abuse in his or her nursing home or assisted living facility. If you believe your loved one is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. If your loved one is not in immediate danger, you should gather evidence and report the suspected conduct immediately.
Be diligent in recording any signs of suspected abuse or neglect. You should keep photos and documentation of:
If you see something, say something. You are the best advocate for protecting your loved one from elder abuse.
Contact the elder abuse hotline through Adult Protective Services to report elder abuse in California. This agency investigates reports of abuse for the elderly (aged 65+) as well as for dependent adults (aged 18-64 and disabled).
To get in touch with the right authorities, you will want to contact the appropriate county APS office. You must fill out either a general elder abuse form or an elder financial abuse form to submit an official report.
Our San Jose elder abuse lawyers have also outlined further steps to take if you suspect elder abuse or neglect:
California elder abuse laws allow victims to file civil lawsuits for damages against their abusers. An elder abuse attorney can investigate for signs of neglect and/or abuse. Your attorney can also gather and evaluate crucial evidence, helping you build a solid case against whoever is abusing you or your loved one. Then, your attorney may be able to help you sue for elder abuse and hold the nursing home or assisted living facility accountable.
It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible if you suspect abuse or neglect. We can help you understand your legal options based on the unique circumstances surrounding your situation.
Caring for your loved one during his or her later years can be challenging. Your loved one may grow increasingly vulnerable with time, but you may not always be there to keep him or her safe. However, spotting the signs of elder abuse can prevent ongoing abuse. You can put a stop to these situations when you report elder abuse in California.
We are available for weekend and evening meetings. Needham Kepner & Fish LLP also works with Stebner and Associates to protect the rights of the elderly in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Discuss your personal situation with an experienced and compassionate San Jose elder abuse attorney from our firm during a free consultation. You can call us at (408) 716-1668 or use our online form to reach us.