Knowledgeable Lawyers Help You Understand Elder Abuse Laws in California
Protecting elderly clients throughout the Bay Area
If you or someone you love has suffered psychological, physical or financial abuse at a nursing home, the attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP are prepared to help you collect the compensation you deserve. Our experienced attorneys know California’s elder abuse laws and will help you pursue a claim against the people and institutions that are responsible for the abuse.
California statute aims to protect the elderly
The California Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act is intended to protect the elderly from fraud and abuse. The elder abuse attorneys at our San Jose firm are knowledgeable about the statute, which prohibits the following behaviors directed at anyone 65 or older:
- Physical abuse: Physical abuse ranges from overmedicating seniors to assaulting them.
- Psychological abuse: This occurs when a caregiver routinely intimidates, humiliates, or insults a senior.
- Neglect and endangerment: This occurs when an elderly person is deprived of the basic necessities or is exposed to unnecessary risks.
- Financial exploitation: Theft or misuse of an elderly person’s assets is financial abuse.
The statute authorizes victims to file civil lawsuits for damages against their abusers. It also provides for criminal prosecution of abusers by the state. A criminal conviction under the California Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act is punishable by as many as four years in prison.
Attorneys for elder abuse victims in San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento
At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, we have years of experience in winning compensation for victims of elder abuse. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 1-408-956-6949 or use our online form. Our lawyers are available for weekend and evening meetings. If you are unable to visit our office, we will come to your home or hospital. We handle elder abuse cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.