Nursing home abuse can be subtle and difficult to detect. Preventing and stopping nursing home abuse and neglect unfortunately falls on family and visitors of those in nursing homes to be vigilant for any warning signs. Common signs of neglect and abuse include:
Allegations of abuse in care homes should be investigated as soon as possible. When someone suspects that some form of elder abuse or neglect has occurred, the first thing they should do is document the incident. They can also report, and in some instances are required to report, the suspected abuse or neglect to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman CRISISline at 1-800-231-4024 or the California Department of Public Health.
In California, the statute of limitations for a nursing home abuse claim is, generally, two years. This means that a plaintiff must bring their claim against the defendant within two years of the date of the abuse/neglect. Waiting longer than two years will most likely result in their claim being dismissed.
Elder abuse claims are very difficult matters to handle and requires an experienced California nursing home abuse attorney. If you have a serious legal issue involving nursing home abuse, contact Hunter Law today to schedule a consultation.