Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Elder Abuse Cases
Sadly, nursing home and elder abuse are on the rise in San Francisco and
across the United States. When a patient is placed in a nursing home,
it is often because that individual has lost the ability to care for themselves.
We expect that nursing home staff and owners will take extra care to provide
a safe environment that will promote the health and well-being of elderly
residents. Sometimes the nursing home caregivers or staff fail to treat
their patients with dignity and respect.
When the nursing home staff or managers do not uphold this standard of
decency, and their negligence or wrongful actions lead to injury or illness
among residents, the nursing home is guilty of nursing home abuse. If
you have been abused or if you suspect a loved one has been the victim
of nursing home abuse, it is very important that you
contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Some common abuses include unsanitary conditions, overmedication or a failure
to administer needed medication, unnecessary physical restraint,
physical, financial, or
sexual abuse. Nursing home abuse is a particularly odious form of
medical malpractice, because many of the victims are unable to speak up and accuse their abusers.
It is for this reason that citizens and nursing home abuse lawyers have
a duty to report these crimes and prosecute offenders. Failure to do so
not only places you or your loved one in danger but other nursing home
patients as well.
Other Types of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse can be financial, physical, emotional or sexual. Some of our
elder abuse victims in San Francisco have been cheated out of thousands
of dollars, beaten and even deprived of food and water by their abusers.
Unfortunately, the emotional and physical toll on the victim and his or
her family can be overwhelming.
In such instances, it may become necessary for the victim and his or her
family to seek legal representation from an attorney who has experience
litigating cases involving elder abuse. The San Francisco attorneys at
Bostwick & Peterson have the experience needed to seek justice for your loved one, and we
are ready to aggressively pursue your case and compensation for your suffering
Sadly, these abusers are often family members or trusted caregivers who
should be compassionately caring for our elderly loved ones. If you have
noticed any warning signs of elder abuse or believe that your loved one
has been the victim of elder abuse, it is crucial that you speak with
a skilled attorney as soon as you possibly can to investigate your suspicions
and hold the liable parties accountable.
Warning signs of elder abuse may include:
- Unexplained signs of injury such as bruises, welts or scars
- Broken bones, sprains or dislocations or signs of being restrained such
as marks on the victim's wrists
- Threatening or belittling behavior by a caregiver
- Behavior that mimics dementia such as rocking or mumbling
- Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections
- Unusual weight loss, bed sores, and unsanitary living conditions are all
warning signs of elder abuse
- Items or cash missing from the elderly person's home
- Large withdrawals from the elderly person's bank accounts
- Sudden change in mood or temperament
- Delayed entrance into your loved one's room
- Constant monitoring by a staff member during visitation with your relative
Enlist Effective Counsel
Elder abuse will only decrease if our society begins to hold abusers accountable
for their actions. This begins in the courtroom. If you or someone you
love is the victim of elder or nursing home abuse, our firm may be able
to help. We have over 80 years of combined experience and have helped
our clients receive over $500 million dollars in compensation.
Other qualifications include:
- Certification by the American Board of Professional Liability
- Trial Lawyer of the Year
- "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News
We will work closely with you and your family throughout the process to
ensure that you are kept up to date on any developments in your case as
well as to keep you fully informed about all of your legal choices. Our
compassionate firm will vigorously fight for the rights of your elderly