Claims For Elder Abuse Or Neglect
The abuse and mistreatment of the elderly is not only appalling, but completely unacceptable. The elderly should be respected and revered, yet every day thousands of elderly people suffer from acts of abuse and neglect. If you believe an elderly person you love is being abused or neglected, you should seek legal assistance right away. Ventura elder abuse lawyer Mark Hiepler can help you put a stop to this injustice by filing a lawsuit against the guilty parties.
Experienced Elder Abuse In California?
Elder abuse can occur in a nursing home, hospital or the victim’s home, and can be committed by any person who has contact with the victim or is responsible for his or her care and treatment.
The elderly, considered persons older than 65, are vulnerable to multiple types of abuse, including:
Physical Abuse Of Elderly
Inflicting force that harms or injures the victim. Acts of physical abuse include assault, sexual assault, rape, battery, use of physical or chemical restraints, food deprivation, abduction, over medicating, shaking, slapping, pushing, beating, chocking, shoving, kicking, burning, pinching, spitting, or rough handling of the victim.
Neglect Of Elderly
Failure to provide necessary and proper care to the victim can result in a number of adverse health effects, including bed sores, malnutrition, dehydration, broken bones, sudden weight loss, ulcers, gangrene and even death.
Acts of neglect can include:
- Medication errors
- Failure to protect the victim from health and safety hazards
- Failure to clean or bathe the victim
- Failure to treat injuries, infections and other ailments
- Failure to change bed sheets, undergarments or bandages
- Failure to provide basic daily necessities such as food, water, clean living quarters, etc.
Acts of psychological abuse include threatening, harassing, blaming, humiliating, insulting, harassing, ignoring or isolating the victim from family, friends or human contact. It is also considered psychological abuse to constantly use intimidation to instill fear and/or confusion in the victim.
Intentionally stealing the victim’s money, property or assets. This can include financial fraud, stealing checks, using the victim’s money or property without permission for personal use, or trying to influence or convince the victim to make financial decisions regarding their finances, will and estate.
Contact A California Elder Abuse Lawyer Today
If you suspect someone you love is being subjected to elder abuse, it’s important to act quickly. You only have six months from the date of the incident to file an elder abuse claim. A skilled elder abuse attorney can help you file a lawsuit against the negligent parties in order to recover damages to cover the cost of any medical expenses, treatment costs, lost earnings, stolen money or property, attorney fees, and punitive damages for the victim’s pain and suffering.
If someone you love has been abused, mistreated or neglected, California elder abuse lawyer Mark Hiepler can help. Mr. Hiepler is very familiar with the laws that govern elder abuse in California, and has successfully handled countless cases of this nature. Mr. Hiepler knows that when instances of elder abuse are discovered, it’s a shocking and disheartening experience. Attorney Hiepler works aggressively to ensure that you recover the damages your loved one deserves, and that justice has been served in the eyes of the law.
To set up a free consultation with California elder abuse attorney Mark Hiepler, please contact us 805-988-5833. From his office in Oxnard, Mr. Hiepler represents the elderly throughout the state of California.
Verdicts And Settlements
- $1.2 million — elder abuse — Los Angeles Superior Court