Knowledgeable Lawyers Help You Understand Elder Abuse Laws in California
We Protect the Elderly Throughout San Jose, Santa Clara County and the Bay Area
Have you or someone you love suffered abuse at a nursing home or assisted living facility? Our elder abuse attorneys may be able to help you collect the compensation you deserve. Abuse can include physical, psychological or financial abuse. Our attorneys know the ins and outs of California elder abuse laws. We help clients pursue claims against people and institutions responsible for abuse.
What Are Elder Abuse Laws?
California has the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act. It intends to protect anyone 65 or older from fraud and abuse. Elder abuse laws in California prohibit the following behaviors:
- Physical elder abuse. Signs of physical abuse are not always obvious. So, it is important to know which clues to recognize. Physical elderly abuse ranges from overmedicating seniors to assaulting them.
- Psychological abuse. This occurs when a caregiver intimidates, humiliates or insults a senior.
- Elder neglect and endangerment. Deprivation of basic necessities is neglect. For example, nursing home neglect includes dehydration and malnutrition. In addition, exposing a senior to unnecessary risks is a form of endangerment.
- Financial elder abuse. Financial elder abuse may include theft or misuse of assets.
Under California elder abuse law, victims can file civil lawsuits against their abusers. It also provides for criminal prosecution of abusers by the state. A criminal conviction under the act is punishable by as many as four years in prison.
Attorneys for Elder Abuse Victims in San Jose and the Bay Area
Our lawyers are available for weekend and evening meetings. If you are unable to visit our office, we will come to your home or hospital. We handle elder abuse cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.