Elder Sexual Abuse Cases in California | What to Know

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Nursing homes and other elder care facilities are responsible for treating their residents with dignity and respect, as well as for providing them with the services they need. Unfortunately, there are times where incidents of abuse may arise. In many ways, the most heinous form of elder abuse is elder sexual abuse, and if you believe you have a case of elder sexual abuse, you need a competent California elder abuse lawyer on your side. Our firm has decades of experience handling these cases, and we are prepared to put that experience to work for you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is elder sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse is defined as when a person engages in any non-consensual sexual contact with another. Unfortunately, elderly persons with dementia or other mental conditions may be easier targets for sexual abuse. Elders who live in long-term care facilities must constantly be watched to ensure such actions never occur. Though no one wants to think about these things, the truth is, there are several potential warning signs of sexual abuse that, if spotted timely, may save a person’s life. Just some of the potential warning signs of elder sexual abuse are as follows:

  • PTSD or sudden changes in personality
  • Showing signs of fear around certain aides or residents
  • Having panic attacks
  • Physical injuries to private areas

Time Limits on Elder Abuse Claims in California

As you may know, there is a statute of limitations in place that dictates how long a person can wait to bring an elder abuse claim against an elder care facility. The statute of limitations for these claims in California is, typically two years. This means that if someone waits any longer than two years to bring a claim of elder abuse, they will most likely lose their right to do so. The bottom line is that if you believe you are facing a case of elder abuse, you mustn’t proceed without the assistance of a competent attorney. The legal team here at Cowdrey & Jenkins, LLP has handled elder abuse claims for years, and we are ready to handle yours as well.  Speak with a California elder sexual abuse lawyer right here at our firm today.

Contact our experienced California firm

Here at Cowdrey Jenkins, LLP, we have significant experience representing clients through a wide array of elder abuse matters, and we are prepared to assist you as well. No one should have to face the issue of elder abuse on their own. Contact us today to learn more about how we can guide you through each facet of the legal process ahead.