Arizona Elder Abuse

Arizona Elder Abuse Attorneys

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

At Lanzone Morgan, we are committed to fighting on behalf of our society’s most vulnerable individuals. If your elderly loved one suffered serious injuries or tragically passed away as a result of elder abuse or nursing home neglect, we can help.

Our Arizona elder abuse attorneys serve clients statewide and have successfully helped hundreds of families recover fair compensation for unexpected medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages related to nursing home abuse and neglect. Most importantly, we have brought countless caregivers and nursing homes to justice, helping ensure that similar acts of abuse and neglect do not hurt other individuals and families in the future.

To learn how we can help you fight for the justice you and your family deserve, call (562) 512-5505 or contact us online and request a free and confidential consultation.

What Constitutes Elder Abuse or Neglect?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines elder abuse as any “intentional act or failure to act that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult.” Although it can occur at the hands of friends or family members, elder abuse and neglect commonly affect older adults in the care of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, adult daycares, and in-home caregivers.

Elder abuse and neglect takes several forms, including:

  • Physical abuse, including pinching, slapping, hitting, shoving, pushing, restraining, grabbing, kicking, and other forms of intentional physical force

  • Sexual abuse, including any unwanted and/or non-consensual sexual contact, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, groping, and rape

  • Emotional/mental abuse, including isolation, humiliation, and any attempt to cause fear, anguish, distress, or psychological harm

  • Financial abuse, including taking unauthorized or illegal control of an elderly individual’s money, belongings, benefits, assets, or personal property

  • Neglect, including any failure to provide for an elderly adult’s basic needs, such as food, water, hygiene, shelter, clothing, etc.

  • Abandonment, including discharging nursing home and other assisted living facility residents without warning and/or without contacting family members

Nursing homes and other adult care facilities can be held legally responsible for any type of elder abuse or neglect that results in bodily injury, psychological harm, and/or death, as can individual caregivers who commit acts of abuse or neglect against those they are entrusted to protect.

How to Tell If Your Loved One Is the Victim of Nursing Home Abuse

It may not always be immediately obvious when an elderly loved one is being mistreated or neglected by a caregiver or nursing home staff. It is important that you communicate with and visit your loved one frequently so that you can keep an eye out for signs of potential elder abuse and neglect.

Some of the most common physical signs of elder abuse and neglect include:

  • Cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, and other unexplained injuries

  • Fall-related injuries, such as bone fractures

  • Bedsores/pressure sores, particularly those in advanced stages

  • Dehydration and/or malnutrition

  • Unusual changes in weight, including excessive weight loss

  • Signs of physical restraint, such as marks on ankles and/or wrists

  • Bruising and other injuries near the genitals or around the breasts

  • New, unexplained sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

  • Untreated illnesses, health conditions, or infections

  • Poor oral health or overall hygiene

Other signs that may indicate your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect include:

  • Unexplained changes in mood or behavior

  • Increased irritability, anxiety, or crying

  • New or worsened depression and other mental health conditions

  • Lowered sense of confidence and/or self-worth

  • Unwillingness to be in a room or area with a specific caregiver

  • Changes in sleeping patterns, including insomnia

  • Unusual withdrawals from bank accounts

  • Documents with signatures that appear forged

  • Unpaid bills and/or excessive debt

  • Changes to a will, trust, power of attorney, or similar document

  • Missing financial statements

If you notice any signs that something is wrong, voice your concerns to the nursing home administrators right away. If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call 911 and have them removed from the home or facility. You can also report suspected abuse by calling the non-emergency police number for your area or by contacting Arizona Adult Protective Services (APS). For more information, visit the AZ APS website by clicking here.

Lanzone Morgan Is Ready to Fight for You & Your Family

We understand just how devastating it is to learn that someone you love has been harmed by a trusted caregiver. Elder abuse and nursing home neglect affect entire families, leading to immense physical, emotional, and financial hardship. Our goal is to help you overcome the challenges you and your family are facing while simultaneously working to ensure the liable party is held accountable.

By filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim for elder abuse or neglect, you may be able to recover financial compensation for the following:

  • Expenses related to “reasonable and necessary” medical care

  • Future medical care costs, including ongoing rehabilitation

  • Medications and medical equipment/devices

  • Loss of income, wages, benefits, future earnings, and/or inheritance

  • Pain and suffering, including emotional distress and anguish

  • Lost or diminished quality/enjoyment of life

  • Funeral and/or burial expenses

  • Loss of support, companionship, counsel, comfort, and guidance

In rare cases, our Arizona elder abuse attorneys may be able to seek punitive damages on your behalf. Unlike compensatory damages, which are meant to compensate victims for specific economic and non-economic losses, punitive damages are intended to punish defendants who are found to have acted “with an evil mind.” Generally speaking, punitive damages are only available in cases involving wanton or willful misconduct, malicious malintent, or intentional infliction of bodily injury or harm.

To learn more about your legal rights and options, including the potential damages you may be entitled to receive and the overall value of your claim, we encourage you to reach out to our firm right away. In Arizona, you typically only have two years from the date of alleged abuse or neglect to file a personal injury lawsuit. In cases involving wrongful death, you have two years from the date of death to sue the liable party for damages. While there are some exceptions, in most cases, if you fail to bring your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, you will lose your right to recover damages.

Contact us online or call (562) 512-5505 to schedule a complimentary consultation with our Arizona nursing home abuse and neglect legal team.

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