What Steps Can I Take After Elder Sexual Abuse?

Our firm recognizes the stress and heartbreak a family faces when they discover their loved one is facing sexual abuse. Our California elder abuse lawyer is on your side no matter what you are facing. Give us a call today. Here are some questions you may have:

How is elder sexual abuse defined in California?

The state of California defines sexual abuse as when an individual experience any non-consensual sexual contact with another individual. Unfortunately, there have been many examples of sexual abuse have been noticed with elderly persons with dementia or other mental conditions. This is because these elderly groups have been seen as more effortless targets for sexual abuse. Those who live in long-term care facilities must always be watched to ensure these actions never happen. Even though it is difficult for anyone to think about this horrible behavior, it is important to recognize the many possible warning signs of sexual abuse that, if detected on time, can save an individual’s life. Just some of the possible warning signs of elder sexual abuse include the following:

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

If you detect any of these behaviors or have doubts about sexual elder abuse happening to a loved one, it is in your best interest to take action as soon as you are able. It is always better to be safe than regretful. Give our firm a call today to examine the facts of your case with a trusted legal team member. We are on your side.

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

Keep in mind that California has a statute of limitations in place that represents 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 ability to file this claim entirely.

Because of this, if you think you are facing a case of elder abuse, you should not move forward without the support of a skilled attorney. At Cowdrey & Jenkins, LLP, our legal team has handled elder abuse claims for years, and we can do the same for you. We are just one call away. We look forward to hearing from you.

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. Contact us today.