Signs of Home Health Agency Abuse | What to Know

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Home health agency abuse occurs far more than it should. If you or a loved one are encountering this unfortunate situation, it is imperative that you report this incident. Read on to learn more about what you should do and reach out to our skilled California home health agency abuse lawyer today. We are here for you.

What are the common signs of home health agency abuse?

Unfortunately, home health agency abuse can come can be seen in a multitude of different ways, and in some cases, elderly persons will withhold from informing the acts of abuse out of apprehension. That is why it is critical to have your eyes peeled for the most common signs of abuse. Some of the most standard signs of abuse that our firm has seen include the following:

  • Sudden changes in the person’s behavior
  • Cash or other possessions from the home going missing
  • Signs of fear around certain aides
  • Unexplained cuts or bruises
  • Falls

What steps should I take if I believe an incident or incidents of home health agency abuse are happening?

If there are one incident or multiple incidents of home health agency abuse, they should be reported immediately to either law enforcement or to the California Department of Public Health. By doing this, you can help ensure the elderly person obtains the medical care and safe environment he or she requires. With that being said, a plaintiff can only successfully sue a home health agency if he or she can establish that the incident(s) of abuse truly happened. A plaintiff can do so by capturing pictures, videos, or by producing medical documentation compatible with an allegation of abuse or neglect.

Is there a time limit on elder abuse claims?

It is important to recognize that there is a time limit on elder abuse claims in California. The time limit is generally two years. This suggests that a plaintiff will only have two years from the date the incident of abuse happened to pursue legal action against the party responsible.

If you or a loved one has faced instances of home health agency abuse, do not wait to reach out to our firm today to discuss your options. Our legal team has the knowledge and experience required to ensure that you meet all of your claim’s deadlines. Give us a call today to get started. We are on your side.

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.