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Elder Abuse & Nursing Facility Cases

The unfortunate reality is that senior citizens and those living in nursing facilities are at increased risk for abuse by those around them. The form of abuse that elders face can look different depending on the circumstances, but some common forms of abuse that victims experience are physical abuse, financial abuse, and neglect. More often than not, the perpetrator of these abuses are people or a person who has been entrusted with caring for the victim. These perpetrators take advantage of their position of power over their elder victims because they think that no one will find out about their abuse.

Do not let your loved ones suffer from elder abuse any longer. At Perlmutter & Pourshalimi, we are committed to fighting for you or your loved ones to ensure that their abuse stops and that you receive the damages you deserve for your pain and suffering. If you suspect that you or a loved one may be the victim of elder abuse, speak with the attorneys from Perlmutter & Pourshalimi to help build your case by giving us a call at 310-295-2236.

What Are the Different Kinds of Elder Abuse?

Oftentimes, people filing claims for elder abuse or nursing facility cases are the family members of elders who they suspect are being abused. Because they are not the actual victims themselves, they do not experience the abuse and may not be sure what exactly to look for. Below, we’ve described the three most common forms of elder abuse that we see so you can be aware of what to keep an eye out for.

Neglect

The unfortunate reality of nursing homes is that many of them are owned by public corporations with only one duty – to maximize shareholder return. What this means for the elderly is that their safety and care comes second. Many times, these nursing facilities are operated with skeleton crews. The administrators and managers know full well that they do not employ enough staff to take care of the residents. As a result of placing profits over safety, the elders do not receive the lifesaving care they need. Some common forms of neglect include the following:

Physical Abuse

At Perlmutter & Pourshalimi, we are committed to advocating for victims of elder abuse throughout California who have been injured or harmed. Whether the victim experienced their abuse in a nursing facility or in the home environment, physical elder abuse can take many forms. The purpose of physical abuse is to inflict injuries or harm on a senior citizen and can include slapping, burning, fighting, kicking, punching, use of restraints, the use of excessive force, or unnecessary roughness.

When we work on a physical elder abuse claim, we conduct our own comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of your loved one’s abuse. We take a deep look into all of the patient’s medical records, nursing facility staff levels, safety training practices, care standards, etc. The purpose of our investigation is to find any and all evidence of neglect, misconduct, and any abuse. We have the necessary experience to conduct in-depth investigation in order to build your loved one a strong case for their elder abuse.

Emotional Abuse

As mentioned before, not all elder abuse looks the same. In fact, not all abuse is visible to the eye. Another common type of elder abuse that we see is emotional or psychological abuse. This kind of abuse is often an attempt for an abuser to try and control their victim through non-verbal or verbal infliction of mental anguish. We’ve found that some of the most common forms of emotional abuse involve:

If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from emotional elder abuse, do not hesitate to reach out to Perlmutter & Pourshalimi to conduct an investigation on your behalf.

Financial Abuse

Financial elderly abuse may be the least known of the three most common kinds of abuses. While many people are able to see through the tactics of online and telephone scammers, it’s much harder to recognize when the perpetrator is a caregiver or family member. This form of abuse can be committed by anyone who has access to the personal information or financial accounts of your loved one. Financial abuse can include property or identity theft, any kind of financial fraud (including medical, mortgage, credit card, and check fraud), illegal conversion of property, and more.
It’s almost unbelievable that some of these financial abuses are committed by large corporations and institutions. These signs of financial abuse might be hard to recognize, but can be the sudden loss of your elder family member’s power of attorney, loss of family heirlooms, or property being deeded to a third party.

What Compensation Could You Be Entitled to for Elder Abuse?

If you believe that your elderly loved one has been or is currently being abused by their caretaker in a nursing facility, you and your family could be entitled to damages for your pain and suffering. The damages you could be entitled to include:
The amount that you receive in damages is entirely dependent on the circumstances of your elder abuse case, and will also vary depending on the severity of the injuries or psychological trauma.

If You Believe Your Loved One is the Victim of Elder Abuse, Speak With an Attorney Today.

At Perlmutter & Pourshalimi, we are committed advocates for senior citizens who are often unable to protect themselves from the kinds of abuses mentioned above. No one should have to suffer at the hands of an abuser. The sooner you contact an attorney about your case, the sooner your loved one is protected from experiencing any further abuse. If you believe your loved one has experienced or is currently experiencing elder abuse in a nursing facility, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 310-295-2236 to schedule a consultation.

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