November 3, 2021
When it comes to your own safety or the safety and well-being of a loved one, you want the best advice and quality legal representation. That’s why when it comes to Elder Abuse cases you do not want to put your case in the hands of an attorney who does not have Elder Abuse experience. We wanted to talk a little bit about the difference between Personal Injury and Elder Abuse attorneys, and the importance of hiring the lawyer that can do the most for you.
Personal Injury Attorney vs. Elder Abuse Attorney
While Personal Injury attorneys know the ins and outs of laws and legal precedent for general neglect, car accidents, and slips and falls, they also handle cases from a variety of different areas that are not related to elder abuse or nursing homes, making them more general practitioners of injury law.
Elder Abuse attorneys practice a niched sector of law, specializing in the very unique laws governing nursing homes and the treatment of elders. Attorneys, like those at Gharibian Law, have dedicated their careers to Elder Abuse law, they know how nursing homes work, what standards they should be held to, and how the law addresses the specific failures, financial and physical abuses, and neglect that occur within the nursing homes and other programs designed for California’s senior citizens.
Making the Call
When you contact an Elder Abuse attorney, you know your case is not going to be added to a pile of other unrelated cases – the attorney will have tried and true strategies, know who to contact for professional opinions and testimony, and will personalize their fight to your case.
Gharibian Law encourages anyone with knowledge or suspicions of Elder Abuse to contact the proper authorities, and then call an Elder Abuse law expert. Elder Abuse is untenable, don’t let your case be treated like any other injury case.
October 20, 2021
October is Residents’ Rights Month, and we at Gharibian Law are excited to celebrate and raise awareness. We’ve talked about some of the steps being taken to improve the lives of nursing home residents, but there are still improvements to be made, so we’d like to encourage all residents to speak up and caregivers and loved ones to take action.
Know Your Rights
Knowing your rights as a nursing home or care facility resident is incredibly important. Knowing how you should be treated will help determine if your care facility is in violation of any laws or standards of living.
Among others, some of your rights as a nursing home resident are:
- The right to privacy
- The right to information about your community
- The right to visits from family and friends
- The right to attend and take part in religious and community activities
- The right to protection from descrimination
Abuse and neglect can go unnoticed by loved ones, but if you believe you’ve been the victim of abuse, speak up. If you are an employee of a care facility, don’t let abuse and neglect go unchecked, speak up. And if you are a loved one of someone in a nursing home or care facility, know that you have the voice and power to protect your loved one. So don’t be scared to speak up!
As always, we encourage anyone who witnesses, knows of, or has been the victim of abuse or neglect to report all incidents to the authorities and get in touch with a lawyer. Having the best legal defense on your side is essential, so be sure to contact Gharibian Law (866-642-5915) to get world-class representation from a team that cares and fights hard for your rights.
October 6, 2021
It’s easy to feel helpless and stressed in the face of life’s changes, especially when you are responsible for the welfare of a family member who cannot speak or advocate for themselves. To help you take action, we’ve collected 5 ways you, as a caregiver, can advocate on behalf of your loved one, and ensure they are getting the fair treatment and care they deserve.
1. Contact an Aging Life Care Specialist
The Aging Life Care Association will help you find a specialist who can walk you through everything from home care to insurance, to crisis intervention and conservatorship.
2. Become an Essential Caregiver
We’ve talked about this legislation before, but it is important enough to mention again. Essential Caregivers are allowed inside care facilities to take care of and visit loved ones during the Covid-19 Pandemic. You can read more about the Essential Caregivers Act here. This is one of the best ways to ensure your loved one receives regular visitors and gets the care they need at their senior living facility.
3. Get In Touch with Your Local Ombudsman.
A long-term care ombudsman is responsible for advocating for the rights of those living in care facilities. If you have questions, or need someone to take charge of a situation, the ombudsman can help you get the help and information you need. Care facilities are required to have the phone number of your local ombudsman displayed prominently. Wise and Healthy Aging provides more information about ombudsmen and their role in elderly care and rights.
4. Contact Your Congressman
Occasionally there are laws and acts proposed in Congress that improve assisted care facility policies and provide more funds and grants dedicated to taking care of elders across the country. We recently posted about one of these proposed laws, and encourage you to contact your congressman to implore them to take action on these policies. It is one of the best ways to utilize the law to advocate for those who can’t advocate for themselves.
When a situation has gone far enough and you know your loved one has been taken advantage of or abused, call Gharibian Law (866-642-5915). While a lawsuit might seem daunting, we are here to guide you through the process and give you the best legal representation possible.