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Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in San Francisco

Handling Elder Abuse Cases Across California

Sadly, nursing home and elder abuse are on the rise across the United States. We expect that nursing home staff will take care to provide a safe environment that promotes the health and well-being of its elderly residents, but sometimes, the caregivers and staff fail to treat their patients with dignity and respect.

When the nursing home staff do not uphold this standard of decency, and their negligence or wrongful actions lead to injury or illness among residents, the nursing home may be guilty of nursing home abuse or neglect. If you have been abused, or you suspect an elderly loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, it is very important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

Are you ready to take action? Contact our San Francisco nursing home abuse lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson for a free and confidential consultation: (888) 831-8448.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Some common forms of nursing home abuse include:

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 hold offenders accountable. Failure to do so not only places your loved one in danger, but other nursing home patients as well.

Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse can be financial, physical, emotional or sexual. Some of our elder abuse victims in San Francisco have been cheated out of money, 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.

Warning signs of abuse may include:

  • Unexplained signs of injury such as bruises, welts or scars
  • Broken bones, sprains or dislocations
  • Signs of being restrained, such as marks on the victim's wrists
  • Threatening or belittling behavior by a caregiver
  • Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections
  • Unusual weight loss, bedsores, or unsanitary living conditions
  • 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
  • Constant monitoring by a staff member during visitation
  • Signs of dehydration or malnutrition

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 nursing home abuse. The lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson have the experience needed to seek justice for your loved one, and we are ready to pursue your case and secure compensation for your suffering and losses.

What to Look for with Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is one of the most common forms of mistreatment the elderly experience. According to the American Public Health Association, there are an average of 2.5 million elderly abuse victims in America. There are approximately 435,195 cases of elderly emotional abuse that are reported each year.

Different types of emotional abuse include:

  • Constantly blaming or making an elder feel guilty
  • Threatening or yelling at a elderly resident
  • Humiliating an elderly resident
  • Ignoring the presence and needs of a patient
  • Forbidding the person to join in activities they enjoy or their friends
  • Bullying the person into doing something they don’t want

Emotional abuse against the elderly is common and can go undetected. Unlike physical abuse, which produces visible harm and damage, emotional abuse can be harder to notice. Often, there are no tangible consequences of emotional abuse, but there are certain characteristics you can look out for in your loved one.

Common signs of emotional abuse include:

  • Avoids eye contact
  • Is depressed
  • Has low self esteem
  • Does not speak openly or is shy, when before they were sociable
  • Looks scared, especially around certain individuals
  • There are changes in sleeping or eating habits

Common Signs of Financial Exploitation

Sadly, financial abuse of the elderly occurs all too often. A study found that, on average, the elderly lose $2.6 billion dollars a year due to financial abuse. Patients in nursing homes often cannot make big decisions without the help of others, which puts them in a vulnerable state and allows others to take advantage.

Common signs of financial abuse include:

  • The patient’s living conditions do not reflect what they can afford
  • Checks are written to a particular organization/company consistently
  • There are money transfers that can’t be explained
  • Unexpected changes in the patient’s will or financial documents
  • There are names on financial documents that were not there before

At Bostwick & Peterson, we understand the danger and anxiety that comes from entrusting the care of your loved one to someone else. We will review your case and inform you of your legal rights if you suspect abuse or exploitation.

Call Bostwick & Peterson for a Free Consultation

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 $1 billion in compensation. Let Bostwick & Peterson help you fight for justice.

Other qualifications include:

  • Certification by the American Board of Professional Liability
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News

Our San Francisco nursing home abuse lawyers will work closely with you and your family throughout the process to ensure you are updated on any developments in your case as well as to keep you fully informed about all of your options.

Our firm will vigorously fight for the rights of your elderly loved one. Contact us today at (888) 831-8448.

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