If your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, Our attorneys can help you.
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Few things are more distressing than discovering that your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse at the very hands of the professionals who should be caring for him or her. At Gharibian Law, we are dedicated to taking a stand against elder abuse in San Diego. If you have reason to believe that you or a loved one is experiencing abuse or neglect at a nursing home, residential care facility (RCFE), or assisted living facility, it is essential that you take immediate steps to protect yourself or your loved one. No one deserves to be mistreated, especially those who depend on the care and support of others to live in peace and health.
At Gharibian Law we are passionate attorneys for victims elder abuse/neglect. For years, we have handled countless cases related to elder abuse/neglect throughout San Diego. We believe that negligent and reckless individuals and the corporations they work for should be held responsible for their actions and that their victims should be compensated for their injuries and suffering. When it comes to standing up for the protection and rights of our clients, we are relentless and steadfast, both inside and outside of the courtroom.
The Signs and Symptoms of Elder Abuse
Various signs and symptoms can indicate that a family member is a victim of elder abuse. These signs and symptoms could be any of the following:
- Lack of hygiene
- Very dry, flaky skin
- Sudden weight loss
- Flinching away from physical contact
- Dirty clothing and bedding
- Unpleasant odor
- Hospitalizations while in care
- Hearing aids, glasses, walking supports missing
What if You suspect elder abuse?
Elder abuse and neglect is a crime of unspeakable proportion, leaving our most vulnerable population at the risk of physical and emotional injury. Anyone who suspects that their elderly loved one is being abused can contact the elder abuse attorneys in San Diego County who can investigate your claim. We are committed to ending maltreatment of seniors and helping families exercise their rights in pursuing abusive or violent individuals.
Types of Elder Abuse Cases our Attorneys Handle
Elder abuse, also often called senior abuse, takes a variety of forms. Gharibian Law is one of the nation’s leading elder abuse law firms serving San Diego and the surrounding areas. The firm is active in handling a variety of cases involving elder abuse and neglect. Examples of common types of elder abuse lawsuits include: negligent care, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, pressure sores, bone fractures, unexplained bruising, falls and fractures, dehydration, malnutrition, poor hygiene, and wrongful death. We understand the devastating effects that elder abuse can have on you and your loved ones. As one of the few law firms challenging corporations responsible for elder abuse, our experienced attorneys remain dedicated to holding healthcare facilities accountable for the injury and suffering caused by their negligence.
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Gharibian Law Firm has cases successfully practiced throughout San Diego for the past many years. Over time, we have been successfully litigating elder abuse personal injury cases for numerous individuals and families of San Diego. We uphold our belief to stand by your side to help you ease the pain and anguish of your trying times. If you ever need any knowledgeable advice and determined representation, contact us or call 888-288-0091 to schedule a free consultation. We will apply our in-depth knowledge of California law to your claim to display all the reasons your loved one deserves compensation.
There is no charge for your initial telephone consultation. Injury cases are accepted on contingency, meaning our fees will be paid only from money or assets we recover by settlement or in court; otherwise, there is no fee. You will receive a complete explanation of our services, fees, and related costs in a written agreement for you to review and sign before you hire us. When it comes to our representation, you should know that we are prepared to be fully dedicated to your case. We always have our clients’ best interests in mind. You should not be concerned about the outcome of your case, because we treat every single legal matter brought to us with the same level of professionalism and are serious about bringing all guilty parties to justice.
Emotional abuse, also known as psychological abuse, is when someone causes emotional distress or pain in how they speak to an elderly individual. This can be either in nonverbal or verbal form.
Nonverbal Elder Abuse
- Terrorizing or menacing
- Ignoring the person
- Isolating from activities they enjoy and their friends
Verbal Elder Abuse
- Ridicule and humiliating tactics
- Scapegoating and frequent blaming
- Threats and yelling that result in intimidation
It is crucial to note that this does not include any accidents that occur. It is deliberate use of force against an elder that causes the person injury, impairment or physical pain. This abuse may include hitting, shoving and other means of striking, as well as keeping the person restrained or confined in some manner. Anything that impairs the individual or keeps them from doing what they wish is considered to be physical elder abuse.
Elder neglect is the most common type of elder abuse at this time with over half of reported cases falling under this category. It is defined as the failure to fulfill one’s caretaking obligation. Though in some cases it can be unintentional, such as the caretaker denying how much care their charge requires, there are significant consequences when it comes to these matters. Family members, friends, and professional aides all may face legal trouble for abandoning or neglecting an elder who they should be caring for.
Healthcare abuse is when unethical healthcare professionals such as nurses, doctors, staff in the hospital and various providers commit acts that are fraudulent or improper. This comes in several forms, including the following:
- Medicaid fraud
- Under- or over-medicating
- Double-billing or overcharging for services or care that is rendered
- Charging for healthcare that is not provided at all
- Receiving of kickbacks for prescribing specific drugs or giving referrals to certain providers
- Providing recommendations of fraudulent remedies for conditions or illnesses
This is a fairly common issue in recent years, and one that costs Americans millions of dollars each year.
This is defined as the unauthorized retrieval and use of an elder’s property or funds. It can either be a caregiver or someone who is a scam artist not connected to the individual in any way.
Forms of financial abuse exhibited by caregivers
- Forging of the individual’s signature
- Stealing of goods, cash, or income checks
- Engaging in identity theft
- Misuse of the person’s credit cards, accounts or personal checks
Common rackets targeting the elderly include
- Charities that are fake
- Investment fraud
- Telling seniors that they have won a prize that requires them to pay money before it can be claimed
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