Nursing home abuse is a growing problem in San Diego, throughout Southern California and across the nation. According to a 2010 and 2011 survey published on behalf of the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), between 7.6 to 10 percent of elderly study participants had experienced some form of abuse ranging from physical violence to neglect to financial abuse. Unfortunately, however, only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse ever come to the attention of authorities according to the NCEA.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t fight for justice. With our help, you can.

At the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC, we are dedicated nursing home abuse attorneys willing to fight on your behalf against the injustices of poor nursing home care. We will partner with you to seek justice while working hard to collect the financial compensation you and your family deserve.

Call us at 1-858-551-2090 for your FREE consultation and speak with a nursing home abuse lawyer today.

What is Elderly Abuse and Neglect?

The truth is that nursing home abuse is one of the last and worst things that could happen to those we love, especially when we entrust their care to a nursing home, assisted living facility, residential care or home-health establishment.

Unfortunately, countless cases of nursing home abuse and neglect happen yearly in San Diego and throughout the greater Southern California area. At the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC, we have dedicated attorneys committed to the representation of nursing home abuse and neglect in San Diego and Southern California.

Under California law, elder abuse or neglect can be a civil or criminal offense. As a civil matter, elderly abuse refers to physical violence, neglect, isolation, fraud, abandonment, wandering/isolation and treatment resulting in physical or mental harm. Criminal elder abuse refers to willful violence inflicted upon the elder resulting in substantial harm.

For more information on civil or criminal elder abuse, or discuss the details of your case, call us today at 1-858-551-2090 for a FREE consultation with a nursing home abuse attorney.

Recognizing Elderly Abuse

Behavioral or physical indicators of elderly abuse include the following injuries and illnesses.

  • Bruises on the arms, legs and other areas of soft tissue. Inspect your loved one’s inner arms, thighs, buttocks and back areas to determine if bruises are present.
  • Fragile skin can easily become ruptured or torn with physical violence. Look for cuts on the hands, feet, face and chest areas as these parts of the body often exhibit the thinnest and most susceptible skin.
  • Unexplained weight loss can be an indicator of neglect. Poor nutrition or even missed meals can lead to poor body shape, loss of muscle, fatigue and declining health.
  • Clustered bruises or marks may be indicative of abuse. Look for repeated, oval-shaped bruising on the arms, legs and other parts of the body. Bilateral bruising can also indicate abuse.
  • Bedsores could mean poor care. If your loved one exhibits repeated bedsores, especially without cause, it could be an issue of neglect.
  • Behavior issues such as depression, agitation, denial, anxiety, fear, withdrawal and non-responsiveness can indicate elder abuse. If your loved one suddenly exhibits unusual and unexplained behavior, it could indicate neglect or abuse.

If your loved one exhibits any of the aforementioned injuries or illnesses, it’s important to call us right away at 1-858-551-2090 for a FREE consultation. Remember, a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer can help you fight for the financial compensation you and your family deserve.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

PHYSICAL ABUSE. One of the most obvious forms of nursing home injury is the presence of bruises, cuts, lacerations, burns or swelling. These injuries can be a result of physical abuse including physical restraints that have resulted in injury. With the help of our nursing home abuse lawyers, you can stop the abuse today and seek financial recourse for your loved one’s pain and suffering.

SEXUAL ABUSE. Sexual abuse is, tragically, becoming more common in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, hospices and residential care facilities. Should your loved one exhibit signs of sexual abuse, contact one of our nursing home abuse lawyers immediately for confidential legal advice.

NEGLECT. When nursing home staff is understaffed, neglect can often occur in the form of malnourishment, poor personal hygiene, risky health and safety standards and mental suffering. Unlike physical abuse that can be easier to identify, neglect can be harder to prove. Nevertheless, our group of experienced and hard-working nursing home abuse attorneys will fight on your behalf to prove your case of neglect and bring justice to light. Your loved one does not have to suffer any longer.

MENTAL SUFFERING. Unfortunately, when quality care is lacking, your elderly loved one can suffer a great deal of mental anguish due to isolation, abandonment or willful seclusion. Our nursing home abuse law firm is skilled at identifying traits that surround mental suffering in the context of elder abuse. We can help you fight for the justice your loved one deserves.

Nursing Home Abuse Consultation

As one of the leading nursing home abuse law firms in San Diego, we are dedicated to seeking justice for you and your family when it comes to elder abuse and neglect.  If you suspect that your loved one has been abused in a nursing home, assisted living facility, home-health environment, residential care home or other care facility, give us a call at 1-858-551-2090 today for your FREE consultation.

We will fight hard to get you the financial compensation you and your family deserve.