In the state of California, not reporting suspected abuse may be considered a misdemeanor or even a felony. This is one of the many reasons why you need to hire an elder abuse lawyer if anything of the sort comes to your attention. Follow along to find out more reasons why employing a proficient California elder abuse lawyer at Cowdrey & Jenkins LLP can be of benefit to you.
Why do I need to hire a California elder abuse lawyer?
First of all, our team of talented California elder abuse lawyers is educated on all the possible indications of abuse occurring in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or otherwise. More specifically, we are educated on signs of physical (i.e., signs of physical restraints), emotional (i.e., signs of isolation), sexual (i.e., signs of forced undressing), and financial abuse (i.e., signs of improperly used money).
So, even if you have the slightest inkling that your loved one is being abused, neglected, or overall put in harm’s way, you should not ignore it. Instead, you should vent your concerns with a trusted lawyer.
Why else should I retain legal services?
For one, a lawyer can come with you to speak with your loved one about your suspicions. More often than not, elders are too afraid to speak up about the abuse they experience, or they are unable to express themselves. We will help you ask the right questions and comfort them in understanding that you have their best interest at heart.
Secondly, a lawyer will know exactly who to contact to report this incident of abuse. More specifically, we can help connect you to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman CRISISline, the California Department of Public Health, or the California Department of Social Services, along with local law enforcement and the care facility owner.
And lastly, a lawyer will know exactly what evidence you need for your elder abuse lawsuit and how to obtain it. With all that being said, we encourage you to contact Cowdrey & Jenkins LLP to retain our legal services today.