Elder Neglect

Our talented and experienced San Diego nursing home negligence lawyers have an in-depth knowledge of elder abuse law, but we feel it is important for everyone to know what legally constitutes “neglect” of an elder in California.

California Welfare & Institutions Code § 15610.57

Under California law, “Neglect” means either of the following:

  1. The negligent failure of any person having the care or custody of an elder or a dependent adult to exercise that degree of care that a reasonable person in a like position would exercise.
  2. The negligent failure of an elder or dependent adult to exercise that degree of self care that a reasonable person in a like position would exercise.
  3. Neglect includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:
  4. Failure to assist in personal hygiene, or in the provision of food, clothing, or shelter.
  5. Failure to provide medical care for physical and mental health needs. No person shall be deemed neglected or abused for the sole reason that he or she voluntarily relies on treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone in lieu of medical treatment.
  6. Failure to protect from health and safety hazards.
  7. Failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration.
  8. Failure of an elder or dependent adult to satisfy the needs specified in paragraphs (1) to (4), inclusive, for himself or herself as a result of poor cognitive functioning, mental limitation, substance abuse, or chronic poor health.

How our California nursing home negligence attorneys can help you with your elder neglect case

Our attorneys have been helping victims of elder abuse and neglect for many years, and have a proven track record of delivering exceptional results for our clients. We devote our greatest effort and personal attention into each and every case we handle, and put you in the hands of top medical professionals should you need any special care. The San Diego nursing home negligence lawyers of our firm will fight to recover the compensation which you rightfully deserve for the pain, suffering and medical expenses that are associated with your case of elder neglect.

One of the more common cases of elder neglect that we see in nursing home patients is bed sores. Also known as decubitus ulcers or pressure ulcers, these wounds can become extremely serious if not treated quickly and effectively. If someone you love has developed a serious bed sore as a result of negligent care in a nursing home, contact a San Diego pressure ulcers lawyer from our firm today and share your case with us.