Knowledgeable Lawyers Help You Understand Elder Abuse Laws in California
Protecting the Elderly Throughout Santa Clara County and the Bay Area
If you or someone you love has suffered abuse at a nursing home or assisted living facility, our elder abuse attorneys can help you collect the compensation you deserve. Abuse can include psychological, physical or financial abuse. Our attorneys know the ins and outs of California’s elder abuse laws. We help clients pursue claims against people and institutions responsible for abuse.
California Elder Abuse Statute Aims to Protect The Elderly
The California Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act intends to protect seniors from fraud and abuse. The elder abuse attorneys at our San Jose firm are knowledgeable about the statute. The statute prohibits the following behaviors directed at anyone 65 or older:
- Physical abuse: Signs of physical abuse are not always obvious. It is important to know which clues to recognize. Physical abuse ranges from overmedicating seniors to assaulting them.
- Psychological abuse: This occurs when a caregiver routinely intimidates, humiliates or insults a senior.
- Neglect and endangerment: Neglect and endangerment occur when an elderly person is deprived of basic necessities or is exposed to unnecessary risks. Examples of nursing home neglect include dehydration and malnutrition.
- Financial exploitation: Financial exploitation includes theft or misuse of assets.
The statute authorizes victims to file civil lawsuits for damages 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, San Francisco and Sacramento
At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, we have years of experience fighting for and winning compensation for elder abuse victims. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (408) 956-6949 or use our online form.
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.