When hospice care facility staff or ownership harms their patients, the patient’s loved ones will likely seek to file abuse or malpractice charges. Continue reading to learn the signs of hospice abuse and the ways to report an incident of abuse in California.
What are the signs of hospice abuse?
To learn if an act of abuse occurred, it is important to document all signs of abuse. The most common signs of hospice abuse include the following: unexplained falls, unexplained bruises, complaints of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, and more. The most common acts of medical negligence in hospices include administering the wrong dose of medication, neglecting a patient’s needs, or administering the wrong medication.
How can I report an incident of hospice abuse in California?
If you believe that your loved one is a victim of abuse, the first step you should take is to file a claim against the facility that allegedly committed the act of abuse. You should also report the incident to local law enforcement, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, The Long-Term Care Ombudsman CRISISline, or the California Department of Social Services. When filing your claim, it is essential that you provide evidence such as pictures, videos, or medical documentation that will prove an act of abuse occurred.
What is the statute of limitations for elder abuse claims in California?
The statute of limitations for elder abuse claims in California is generally two years. This means that the plaintiff must file their claim within two years of the incident of abuse. The sooner you take legal action, the better. To get started with this process, reach out to our experienced elder abuse attorney who can assist you with your claim.
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Cowdrey Jenkins, LLP has over 30 years of experience as a successful California elder abuse attorney. Our firm handles cases across the Golden State, involving elder care facilities, including nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living, hospice care, and others accused of abuse, including physical, sexual, and mental abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect. If experience matters and you need a trial lawyer who can get the job done, contact Cowdrey Jenkins, LLP.