Los Angeles Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
The thought of a parent, family member or loved one being abused in a nursing home instead of receiving the care they were promised is sickening. Unfortunately, it’s a sad reality.
According to the World Health Organization, rates of elder abuse are high in institutions such as nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Two in three staff members acknowledge that they have committed abuse in the past year.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reports that up to 5 million older Americans are abused every year. They estimate that victims of financial abuse lose at least $36.5 billion annually. The scary part is that the vast majority of elder abuse cases are not reported to the authorities.
Cohen & Marzban helps clients who have fallen victim to elder abuse to get compensated. If you or a loved one suffered abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility, we stand ready to help you.
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Why Choose Cohen & Marzban Personal Injury Attorneys?
Personal injury cases in general and elder abuse cases, in particular, can be complex. Proving that a nursing home abused a patient can be hard. This is especially the case if the victim is unable to speak coherently or has an intellectual or physical disability.
Using a reputable and experienced nursing home abuse attorney is a must.
Cohen & Marzban has more than 45 years of experience in personal injury lawsuits, and we have already recovered $2+ billion for our clients. We know the ins and outs of how to manage elder abuse cases while minimizing any stress on the victim.
Our law firm has earned its reputation as one of the top Los Angeles nursing home abuse attorneys. We don’t get paid unless you get paid!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is elder abuse?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines elder abuse as follows:
“An intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult.”
As pointed out by the National Institute on Aging, there are many different types of elder abuse, namely:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
What are signs of elder abuse?
The National Institute on Aging identifies the following signs of elder abuse.
- Stops taking part in activities he or she enjoys.
- Looks messy, with unwashed hair or dirty clothes.
- Has trouble sleeping.
- Loses weight for no reason.
- Becomes withdrawn or acts agitated or violent.
- Displays signs of trauma, like rocking back and forth.
- Has unexplained bruises, burns, cuts, or scars.
- Has broken eyeglasses / frames, or physical signs of punishment or being restrained.
- Develops bed sores or other preventable conditions.
- Lacks medical aids (glasses, walker, dentures, hearing aid, medications).
- Has an eviction notice for unpaid rent, notice of late mortgage, or home eviction.
- Has hazardous, unsafe, or unclean living conditions.
- Displays signs of insufficient care or unpaid bills despite adequate financial resources.
Note: Be aware that the person may suffer abuse at the hands of another resident and not necessarily from the staff of the nursing home or assisted living facility.
How old is an “elder” under california law?
Under California Penal Code Section 368 an “elder” is a person who is 65 years of age or older.
What remedies are there for elders in california?
The elderly are often the most vulnerable people in our society. The State of California has done a lot to look after the best interests of the elderly.
The Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (also called the Elder Abuse Act), makes provision for personal injury damages, including damages for pain and suffering for the abuse, abandonment, or neglect of an elderly person.
Contact a good nursing home abuse lawyer such as Cohen & Marzban for expert advice on how you or a loved one can receive compensation for elder abuse.