Elder abuse is a serious reality in many Los Angeles nursing homes and for elderly citizens living by themselves. While finding a nursing home that properly cares for your senior citizen is possible, sometimes you might be fooled. What appears to be a loving, caring place for your family member or loved one could actually be hiding caregivers and other nursing home employees who prey on elderly men and women, hoping to gain money or just abusing them because they can. Additionally, if your elderly family member refuses to relocate to an assisted living facility and you are forced to bring in a paid caregiver, you need to be careful that the caregiver is taking good care of your senior citizen.
Sometimes the signs of elder abuse or nursing home abuse in Los Angeles are subtle. Abuse can by physical, emotional, mental, and financial. An experienced nursing home abuse lawyer in Los Angeles will help you determine if your loved one might be the victim of elder abuse at the hands of a caregiver. Often the senior citizen does not want to talk about the elder abuse, either because he is not fully aware of it or because he is ashamed or embarrassed that he does not feel like he can stop the abuse. Therefore, it might be up to you to make sure that your family member or loved one is not being victimized by elder or nursing home abuse.
As we addressed, elder abuse can take many forms. Here we detail the most obvious type of elder abuse: physical abuse. If your loved one or family member is displaying any of these signs, contact a Los Angeles elder abuse lawyer immediately.
Potential Signs of Elder Abuse in Los Angeles County:
- Nursing home staff or caregiver refuses to allow you and other visitors to your loved one.
- Staff does not allow you to be alone with your loved one and does not provide legitimate medical reasons for it.
- You observe or hear about frequent arguments or tension between the caregiver and your family member.
Signs of Physical Abuse in Los Angeles County:
- Unexplained injuries, such as bruises, burns, cuts or broken bones
- Bloody, dirty clothing
- Blisters or abrasions
- Poor hygiene
- Weight loss
- Soiled bedding
- Constant thirst or extremely dry skin
- Hazardous or unsafe living conditions
- Behavioral Changes
- Sudden personality changes
- Uncharacteristic anger, lack of interest, or anxiety
- Fear of being alone
- Overwhelming sadness and frequent crying
- Change in alertness
- Rude or humiliating comments by staff
While this list of types of physical abuse against elderly Los Angelenos is long, it is not exhaustive. If you are concerned about your loved one’s physical or mental health, talk to an experienced nursing abuse lawyer in Los Angeles about your fears.
In cases like this, where you or your loved one might have been the victim of elder abuse or nursing home abuse, you need the experience and knowledge of an aggressive doctor turned trial lawyer. Bradley I. Kramer, MD, Esq. not only understands the law and how to fight for your legal rights, but as a doctor, he can clearly and accurately present your case and your loved one’s injuries to the judge or jury. His track record of success speaks for itself.