Hospice care providers are responsible for ensuring that their patients have a peaceful, safe place to live out the rest of their lives. When hospice care staff or ownership harm their patients, abuse or malpractice claims may be filed. Continue reading and contact a knowledgeable California hospice abuse lawyer here at Cowdrey Jenkins, LLP to learn more about how our legal team can assist you.
California Hospice Care Abuse Lawyer
Hospice care companies and staff are frequent targets of neglect or abuse claims. Those currently dealing with a claim of neglect or abuse should strongly consider retaining the services of a California elder abuse lawyer who has significant experience handling such claims.
Signs of Hospice Abuse
The first part of any elder abuse claim is determining whether an act of abuse actually occurred. Some of the most common signs of neglect and abuse seen in the hospice setting include falls, bedsores, administering the wrong medication, administering the wrong dose of a medication, and other neglect of a patient’s needs.
Reporting an Incident of Abuse in California
When someone is a victim of abuse or neglect, they or their loved ones will frequently file a complaint against the hospice provider that allegedly committed the act of abuse. Typically, they will report the incident either to local law enforcement or to the California Department of Public Health. In most cases, such a claim will only gain any traction if the plaintiff can provide evidence, such as pictures, videos, or medical documentation that can prove an act of abuse truly occurred.
Statute of Limitations for Elder Abuse Claims in California
In the state of California, the statute of limitations for elder abuse claims is, generally, two years, which means that plaintiffs with elder abuse cases must not wait any longer than two years from the incident of abuse to take legal action against the alleged abuser. You should also note that the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in California is, generally, one to three years. Our legal team has handled countless elder abuse cases in the past, and we are ready to effectively handle yours as well.
Contact a California Hospice Care Abuse Lawyer
The bottom line is that no one should have to face a matter of elder abuse on their own. These cases require extensive knowledge of hospice care regulations and elder abuse laws, as well as meticulous attention to detail. Our legal team has handled countless elder abuse cases in the past, and we are ready to handle yours as well. Contact Cowdrey Jenkins, LLP to schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.