Elder or nursing home sexual abuse is a serious and widespread issue impacting extended care facilities throughout California. Making the decision to move your elderly loved one into a nursing home once they require a standard of medical care that you cannot provide on your own can be very difficult. When you make the decision, you’re placing your trust in the facility’s staff to provide the absolute best care for your loved one.
When elder sexual abuse happens – whether at a nursing home, hospital, extended care facility, or private residence – justice needs to be secured and the responsible party (or parties) punished to the full extent of the law.
Filing an elder sexual abuse civil lawsuit is a means of recovering financial compensation when a nursing home or caregiver breaches your trust. It’s also a means of pursuing and punishing the sexual predator who committed the crime.
Below we’ll review what elder or nursing home sexual abuse entails and provide information on how to file a claim that will ensure your family recovers the justice deserved via a maximum financial damages award.
While elder neglect and abuse can manifest in various forms – sexual, physical, emotional/psychological, and financial – sex crimes impacting seniors and residents of nursing homes or extended care facilities can be extremely damaging to individuals and families alike.
While sexual abuse in nursing homes impacts seniors nationwide, California accounts for a significant portion of the overall cases. Accordingly, seniors and their loved ones are urged to remain vigilant at all times, as elder sexual abuse can happen to anyone at any time.
Elder or nursing home sexual abuse can come in many forms. Examples of such abuse may include:
Nursing home elder sexual abuse is simply any type of sexual assault or sex crime that occurs in a nursing home or extended care facility setting. Elder sexual abuse does occur in private residences, but the vast majority of cases take place in nursing homes or extended care facilities.
When this type of abuse occurs, you may be left wondering whether you have legal recourse. When you contact an experienced and dedicated elder sexual abuse attorney at Dordulian Law Group (DLG), we’ll listen to the facts of your case and then proceed with launching a thorough investigation led by a retired LAPD sex crimes detective – our in-house Chief Investigator, Moses Castillo.
Once an investigation is conducted, we’ll develop a precise legal strategy and work tirelessly to help you recover due financial compensation for such an unspeakable ordeal.
Elder or nursing home sexual abuse doesn’t just impact the victim – it can be devastating for the entire family. Making the decision to move your loved one into an extended care facility can be difficult enough. But when that loved one is then sexually assaulted, you, as the decision maker, can be left with overwhelming anger, guilt, and concern.
The fact is that the majority of elder or nursing home sexual abuse victims are often physically unable to fight back or defend themselves from a sexual predator. Additionally, many seniors are too afraid of retaliation to report the abuse.
Elder or nursing home sexual abuse can impact any senior, but in the majority of cases those who are most vulnerable end up being victims. The types of seniors most at-risk for sexual abuse include:
Nursing home residents who suffer sexual abuse may have difficulties with communication, confusion, and/or fear of retaliation if they were to ever report the abuse. Nursing home residents can suffer sexual abuse at the hands of other residents, staff members, third parties, and even family members.
Let’s break down those specific categories further:
Victims of elder and nursing home sexual abuse are often too scared to report the abuse (or simply do not have the wherewithal to do so). Accordingly, when visiting their loved one in a nursing home, family members and caregivers need to be cognizant of potential warning signs that may indicate sexual abuse.
As with other types of sexual assault, symptoms of elder and nursing home sexual abuse may include the following:
Although sexual abuse of elders in nursing homes is a serious issue, it is not the most common type of abuse these residents face. The World Health Organization (WHO) released a 2017 study confirming:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirm that one out of every five women has been raped or experienced an attempted rape in their lifetime. In men, that figure changes to one out of every 38. Nursing home residents with a mental illness (such as Alzheimer’s or schizophrenia) are more likely to suffer from sexual abuse than residents without mental illness. The CDC also reports that, as of 2016, an estimated 47.8% of nursing home residents had Alzheimer’s, making them extremely vulnerable to sexual abuse.
Additionally, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) reports that more than 20,000 complaints of sexual abuse in nursing homes have been reported in the past 20 years. However, that figure could be a substantial underestimate, as these reports fail to include possible sexual abuse committed by other residents.
Taking the following steps are recommended after discovering a case of nursing home sexual abuse, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA):
Any individual or organization may file a complaint against a California nursing home on behalf of a victim resident. The complainant does not have to be a resident of California, and complaints are filed with and handled by the Licensing and Certification Division of the California Department of Public Health (DPH).
If you suspect sexual abuse of your elder loved one (in a nursing home or by a caregiver in a private residence), you should keep a confidential journal to record any evidence or information related to the incident. This can later serve as important evidence when speaking with an elder or nursing home sexual abuse lawyer.
When filing a complaint with the DPH, the following information should be included:
If your loved one has been sexually assaulted, being selective and choosing an experienced, proven, and dedicated elder or nursing home abuse attorney can be a very important decision. At DLG, we’re led by a former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County.
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Sam Dordulian founded DLG to be the premier sex crimes firm in California after a decorated career as Deputy District Attorney – where he accumulated over 100 jury trial victories. In that role, Dordulian successfully obtained life sentences against some of the state’s most loathsome sexual predators.
Today, Dordulian fights for sexual assault survivors in civil cases, helping them obtain justice and recover the maximum financial compensation they deserve after such an unfortunate incident.
With a 98% success record and history of recovering more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts for our clients, DLG is the absolute best choice available in the Los Angeles, California-area when searching for a proven and dedicated elder/nursing home sexual abuse lawyer.
We’ll fight aggressively to ensure you and your family receive the justice you deserve. Contact us today online or by phone at 818-322-4056 to learn more about how we can help you obtain justice and recover maximum financial compensation after a devastating elder/nursing home sexual abuse crime.
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