Simi Valley Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer
Simi Valley has more than two dozen nursing homes, and a variety of skilled nursing facilities and residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs) serve the Simi Valley area. When it comes to nursing home care, many families in and around Simi Valley have concerns about making the right choice for an elderly loved one who requires medical care or assistance with activities of daily living.
If you have suspicions that an elderly loved one in your family has been injured due to nursing home abuse or neglect, it is important to act as quickly as possible. An experienced Simi Valley nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer at the Southern California Nursing Home Law Group can discuss your concerns with you today and can clarify the steps for moving forward with a legal claim.How do I Know if I Have a Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Claim in Simi Valley?
It can be difficult to know with certainty whether you have a case for which you can take legal action without speaking to a Simi Valley nursing home abuse and neglect attorney. At the Southern California Nursing Home Law Group, we can assess your case for you. Depending upon the particular facts, we may be able to start investigating the claim and gathering evidence to support your case. If a nursing home or assisted-living facility failed to provide adequate care and an elderly resident suffered injuries, we can represent you throughout the process of filing a lawsuit and taking the nursing home to court.
Sometimes nursing home abuse cases result in a serious injury to an older adult resident at the facility. If that resident is legally competent, she or he may be able to file a lawsuit against the facility or another liable party. In cases where a nursing home resident sustained fatal injuries as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, it is important for a family member to learn more about options for filing a wrongful death lawsuit.California’s Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (EADACPA)
In California, the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (EADACPA) protects older adults and seniors from nursing home abuse and neglect at skilled nursing facilities and other types of facilities, and it also provides remedies in situations where elder abuse or neglect has resulted in a senior’s injury or death. The law is designed to protect vulnerable older adults and dependent adults with disabilities in California.
The EADACPA recognizes that elder abuse can take many forms. Accordingly. The law covers any type of abuse including physical abuse, financial abuse, neglect, abandonment, and any other behavior or actions that results in an elderly person’s physical harm, pain, or mental suffering. Most neglect cases arise from a failure to provide care, and should be suspected after any unexpected injury or illness.Who is Protected by the EADACPA?
If you have questions about whether the EADACPA applies to you or to an elderly loved one, you should always get in touch with an experienced Simi Valley elder abuse lawyer. The EADACPA provides broad protections to older and dependent adults in California, and the statute specifically provides protections for the following people:
- Any adult aged 65 or older in California; and
- Any dependent adult between the ages of 18 and 64.
The EADACPA defines a dependent adult as “a person, regardless of whether the person lives independently, between the ages of 18 and 64 years who resides in this state and who has physical or mental limitations that restrict his or her ability to carry out normal activities or to protect his or her rights, including, but not limited to, persons who have physical or developmental disabilities, or whose physical or mental abilities have diminished because of age.”Seek Advice From a Simi Valley Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney
Nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and other residential care facilities for the elderly are required to provide residents with care and are required to take steps to avoid preventable injuries and illnesses. When a skilled nursing facility fails to provide its residents with adequate care, whether as a result of intentional abuse or passive neglect, it is important to hold that facility accountable.
The experienced Simi Valley nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Southern California Nursing Home Law Group are here to help. We can speak with you about the specific facts of your case and can help you to determine whether you have a nursing home abuse lawsuit. Call our office today at (866) 607-1325 or fill out our online questionnaire for more information about scheduling a free consultation.