Elder Sexual Abuse | What Are Your Legal Options?

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There are few things more horrifying than elder sexual abuse cases. If you believe you or a loved one are facing this unfortunate situation, you are not alone. Our firm is on your side and will help you reach safety and justice. Contact us today to speak with a dedicated California elder abuse lawyer.

How is elder sexual abuse defined in California?

In California, sexual abuse is described as when an individual engages in any non-consensual sexual contact with another individual. It is unfortunate that instances of sexual abuse have been seen with elderly persons with dementia or other mental conditions. In fact, these elderly groups have been seen as easier targets for sexual abuse. Those who live in long-term care facilities must always be monitored to ensure these actions never happen. Even though it is hard for anyone to think about these things, it is important to recognize the many potential warning signs of sexual abuse that, if spotted punctually, can save a person’s life. Just some of the possible warning signs of elder sexual abuse include the following:

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

If you detect any of these behaviors or have suspicions of sexual elder abuse in a loved one, it is in your best interest to take action as soon as possible. It is always best to be safe than sorry. Reach out to our firm today to discuss the details of your situation with a trusted legal team member.

What is the statute of limitations for elder abuse claims in California?

You will want to keep in mind that California has a statute of limitations in place that determines 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, generally two years. This suggests that if someone waits any longer than two years to bring a claim of elder abuse, they will most likely lose their right to file this claim entirely.

Because of this, if you believe you are facing a case of elder abuse, you should not move on without the help of an experienced attorney. At Cowdrey & Jenkins, LLP, our legal team has managed elder abuse claims for years, and we are prepared to take on yours as well. Give us a call 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.