Did you know that emergency rooms treat more than 2.8 million older people for fall injuries every year? Understand these grim statistics
and legally protect your loved ones living in nursing homes or other elder care facilities. Ensure that your family member is not a victim of elder abuse or neglect
. We are ready to represent your family in elder abuse cases.
As a patient in any medical facility, you have rights. Unfortunately, many individuals are willing to trust doctors and nurses, even when they know that the treatment they're receiving is wrong. If you have been mistreated in a nursing home or other care facility, you deserve competent legal care.
Sadly, millions of Americans are mistreated by medical professionals. If you or a loved one has faced this kind of abuse, you want assistance from attorney Kevin Garrison.
It is estimated that there are millions of acts of elder abuse in the United States in each calendar year. Many acts go unreported due to several different factors (for one, the elder may feel stupid, another may be memory problems, a third problem is that often the Defendant can be a family member or a "loved-one".)
While there are many different things a loved one, caretaker, friend, relative or trusted professional can do to injury an elderly person, here are a few of the most common acts constituting elder abuse:
Arizona Elder Abuse Laws
- Committing acts of financial elder abuse (taking money or property belongings to an elder in bad faith)
- Physical caretakers that allow bedsores to develop
- Neglecting the needs of an elder under medical care
- Physically beating or assaulting a vulnerable adult or senior citizen
The court in Davis v. Zlatos
(Ariz. Ct. App. 2005)211 Ariz. 519, 524 [123 P..3d 1156, 1161] described Arizona's elder abuse laws ("APSA"):
"In 1988, the legislature determined that elder abuse in Arizona was a serious problem justifying legislative intervention and enacted the APSA, which criminalized abuse of an incapacitated or vulnerable adult, designating elder abuse a class 5 felony. Denton v. Superior Court, 190 Ariz. 152, 155, 945P. 2d 1283, 1286 (1997) ("The legislature's intent and the policy behind the elder abuse statutes are clear. Arizona has a substantial population of elderly people, and the legislature was concerned about elder abuse.") The next year the legislature amended the statute to create a statutory civil cause of action for elder abuse."
In Estate of McGill ex rel. McGill v. Albrecht (2002) 203 Ariz. 525, 527 57 P.3D 384, 386 the Court discussed the Arizona "Adult Protective Services Act:"
Adopted in 1989, the civil version of APSA was intended to create a statutory civil cause of action. The legislature create this cause of action with the following words:
"An incapacitated or vulnerable adult whose life or health is being or has been endangered or injured by neglect, abuse or exploitation may file an action in Superior Court against any person or enterprise that has been employed to provide care, [or] that has assumed a legal duty to provide care."