What Should You Do?

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If you believe a loved one may be the victim of abuse, there are a number of steps you can take to protect their welfare and guard their legal rights. Be sure to document injuries or changes in behavior with photographs or detailed notes, and report your suspicions to the nursing home. Request a copy of the report for your personal records. Making an effort to visit the resident’s home more frequently can help protect your loved one from ongoing elder abuse or negligence. Finally, if you suspect elder abuse or nursing home abuse, don’t delay. Let Susan Handel look further into your case. Susan Handel will thoroughly investigate your nursing home abuse claim and determine the best course of action to protect the health and legal rights of you or your loved one.

Signs of elder abuse


  • Unexplained bruises, sprains, broken eye glasses or bone fractures may be signs of physical abuse.
  • Unreasonable restraint often leaves rope burns or other marks placed symmetrically on both sides of the body.
  • If the elderly person experiences sudden, drastic weight loss or extreme hunger, the caregivers may be neglecting to provide him or her with enough food and water.
  • Improper medication is difficult to detect without witnessing the effects personally, but lab tests can be used to check for chemical misuse in some cases.
  • Injuries to the genitals, anus, or mouth often accompany sexual abuse.
  • Lastly, financial exploitation is often present when the elderly person has been adding new people to accounts, writing checks to strange parties, making odd withdrawals or making financial transactions that are inconsistent with a person’s ability, habits and schedule.

Nursing home negligence is a broad category of claims relating to the mistreatment or poor treatment of nursing home residents. By California law, elder abuse is defined as the perpetration of any of the above acts on a person aged 65 years or older. Because of the horrible consequences and frequency of this crime, strong civil penalties have been written into the law that allow for greater damage awards in the case of successful claims. Both the victim of elder abuse and the victim’s family have the right to bring suit against parties.  Damages are available for economic loss, pain and suffering and punitive considerations.  Unlike normal wrongful death cases, should the victim die as a result of the abuse, damages for the decedent’s pain and suffering may still be awarded up to a cap of $250,000.00.

Some general symptoms can occur in the presence of any type of elder abuse. If the elderly person exhibits a sudden change in behavior and attitude, it may indicate that abuse has caused him or her to become stressed or afraid of outside contact. Extremely commanding and controlling care givers who sometimes restrict access to the elderly person or begin handling all communication, are often engaged in some form of ongoing abuse. If an elderly person ever tells you of any inappropriate incidents or abusive behavior, seek help immediately, don’t wait. If you have seen any of these signs in an elderly person you love please do not hesitate to contact Susan Handel, one of the finest elder abuse attorneys in the Southern California area.