Our average lifespan is constantly increasing, and as an unfortunate result, elder abuse and neglect charges are on a steady increase as well. No one wants their grandparents or other elderly loved ones to suffer, but at the same time, false charges of nursing home abuse are all too common. That’s why anyone accused of this crime should immediately contact a skilled Vista criminal lawyer.
Who is Charged With Elder Abuse
Any caregiver may be charged with elder abuse and neglect, from nurses, doctors, orderlies to live-in help. While there are many victims of this crime, many people accused of elder abuse or neglect are innocent. In some cases, this is because the person charged was not directly responsible for the patient in question, even if they were listed as the person in charge on the paperwork. In other cases, this is because the alleged victim has made up false charges because they do not want to live in a home. In some cases, family members claim their loved one has been abused when in reality, the elder family member has fallen or caused themselves harm. Because these situations are so common, it is critical anyone accused of this crime contact a Vista criminal attorney and tell their defense representative anything and everything they can related to the patient and the case at hand.
Defining Nursing Home Abuse
If you have agreed to care for an elderly person, you are also required to ensure they receive proper medical care, even if the elder resists getting medical attention. Additionally, financial fraud will be examined if you receive property or funds from an incapacitated elder or without receiving written approval.
Because nursing home abuse and neglect is such a problem in California, investigators and prosecutors are incredibly vigilant when it comes to protecting the rights and safety of the elderly and aggressively fight elder abuse charges. Unfortunately, this has resulted in more false accusations and prosecutions of this crime than ever before.
There are four main forms of elder abuse: physical, sexual, emotional and financial. Both the persons believed to have committed the abuse and the owners of the nursing home can be charged with these crimes. In some cases, one rogue employee will result in an entire caring and compassionate staff being accused of abuse. In these situations, your Vista defense attorney may be able to prove that you were unaware that abuse was going on and would have acted to stop it had you known.
There are many different defenses to this crime depending on the specific charges and the severity of the abuse. If you have been accused of elder abuse or neglect, a Vista defense lawyer like Peter Liss can help. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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