Elder abuse encompasses a wide range of conduct, but simply stated it is the neglect, abuse, or financial exploitation of vulnerable adults by caregivers or others.
In a 2010 census, there were 16,639 nursing homes and 52,681 bed and board facilities in the U.S. Research indicating that more than 40% of people over the age of 65 will enter a nursing home before they die. (Murtaugh, Kember, Spillman, & Carlson, 1997). More than 3 million elderly people in the U.S. live in nursing homes and about a million more are residing in long term care facilities. Six out of seven nursing home residents are over the age of 65, and two out of three of them are women.
Elder adult abuse affects millions of people in the U.S., occurring regularly in community and long term care settings such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Although some abuse is reported and acted upon, many experts believe that “a vast reservoir of undetected and unreported elder mistreatment in nursing homes may exist” (Bonnie & Wallace, 2002). Results of a two-year study in the same time period showed that 1 in 3 facilities were cited for violations of federal standards that had caused actual harm to a resident. Nearly 1 in 10 facilities had violations that caused residents harm or serious injury, or had placed the residents in jeopardy of death.
In addition to administrative and criminal remedies, California has enacted law to provide monetary damages for vulnerable adults who have been neglected, abused, or financially exploited by caregivers.
If you believe that you or your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, Brown & Lipinsky LLP can explain your available options and help you understand your rights. Our experienced California lawyers have the necessary knowledge and skill to evaluate your case and provide you with the answers you need to protect your rights. Contact our Chino Hills, California, office today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced elder abuse litigation lawyers.