Irvine Elder Abuse Lawyer
The decision to place an aging loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility does not come lightly. You trust the medical staff to provide quality care for your family members as they adjust to their new environment, but, unfortunately, the staff at these facilities may not always uphold a satisfactory level of care. Situations may arise where your loved one suffers abuse at the hands of the facility’s staff. An Irvine elder abuse lawyer from Benchmark Injury Law can help you.
Common Types of Elder Abuse
No one wants to believe their loved one could suffer abuse at the hands of the individuals tasked with caring for them at nursing homes or assisted living facilities. However, the unfortunate truth is that elder abuse occurs much more commonly than you may think. Some of the most common types of elder abuse in Irvine are:
- Bed sores
- Over or under-medicating
- Overcharging for medical care
- Recommending false remedies
- Sexual abuse
Shaun Phillips of Benchmark Injury Law represents clients who have been victims of elder abuse. Elder abuse can cause serious physical, mental and emotional harm, sometimes resulting in mental health issues, illnesses, or even death. Regardless of the type of abuse your loved one may have endured, they deserve justice for the injuries and losses they have suffered.
Can You Collect Damages from an Elder Abuse Claim?
It may seem like no amount of money could ever make up for what your loved one has suffered as a victim of elder abuse. While we understand this, it is still important that the victims of elder abuse receive justice for all injuries and losses. The damages that victims may be eligible to collect following an elder abuse claim in California include:
- Medical expenses: compensation for the medical bills incurred as a result of any treatment related to injuries sustained from the elder abuse, including hospital and doctor’s visits, as well as the cost of future care that may be required.
- Pain and suffering: compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, fear, shame, anxiety, and more, suffered as a result of the elder abuse.
- Wrongful Death: If your loved one has died from elder abuse, you may be compensated for the loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, moral support, and more, suffered from the loss.
If you are unsure what damages you may be eligible to collect following an incident of elder abuse in California, Irvine elder abuse attorney Shaun Phillips can help by reviewing the specific details of your case.
California’s Statute of Limitations for Elder Abuse Claims
If you discovered that your elderly family member has suffered abuse at the hands of a caregiver, you should pursue a claim for personal injuries as soon as possible. In California, the statute of limitations for elder abuse cases is two years from the time the abuse took place, as stated in Section 335.1 of the California Code of Civil Procedure.
Legal proceedings can take time, and it is important you begin the process early to avoid any delays affecting your ability to open a claim, as well as the destruction or loss of evidence that occurs with time.
Contact Irvine Elder Abuse Lawyer Shaun Phillips at Benchmark Injury Law
If you believe your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse in California, contact Shaun Phillips at Benchmark Injury Law today. Shaun can help you gather evidence, build your elder abuse claim, and guide you through the difficult and surely contentious process.
Benchmark Injury Law is a California law firm with experience helping clients whose family members were victims of elder abuse. Benchmark Injury Law understands handling a personal injury claim on your own can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Shaun Phillips is here to provide you with personalized service and the experienced legal representation you deserve. Shaun Phillips is dedicated to building strong relationships with his clients, so he may understand their unique needs and provide them with the personalized representation they deserve.