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Although senior citizens are some of the most respected members of society, they are also unfortunately some of the most vulnerable. Many of our elders are common targets for intense abuse—whether it’s at a nursing home facility, in a hospital, or even in the comfort of their homes.

If your loved one has been a victim of elder abuse, please contact Joel R. Bryant today to discuss your case. He is one of the first attorneys to specialize in elder and nursing home abuse in San Diego, and he will fight for your loved one’s right to fair compensation for their damages.

Why Choose Joel R. Bryant?

Joel R. Bryant is one of San Diego’s top litigation attorneys specializing in elder abuse cases.

  • He has extensive experience helping those over 65 who are victims of abuse in nursing homes, hospitals, and other troubling situations.
  • He understands the urgency of your situation, so he works quickly to provide fast, efficient legal help and compensation as soon as possible.
  • He represents most clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no upfront costs, and you are only obligated to pay for his services if he secures a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf. If he doesn’t win, you don’t have to pay.

What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse is any harm or neglect imposed upon an older adult, typically over 65 years old. This harm can be in the form of physical harm, but it also can occur in the form of financial harm via fraud or exploitation.

Elder abuse typically occurs because, as adults get older, they are less able to take care of themselves. As they get weaker, they often require assisted living care, either by nursing home facilities, hospitals, or at-home care by loved ones. It is during this period that they are most open to abuse, as taking advantage of them can be met with minimal resistance.

Types of Elder Abuse

It is important to note that elder abuse does not always mean physical harm —that is just one type of elder abuse. Some of the most common types of elder abuse includes:

  • Physical abuse. This is the use of physical force to cause injury or harm to an elderly person. Unfortunately, due to the frail state of many senior citizens, even “minor” cases of physical abuse can lead to serious injuries that have the potential to endanger their lives. Unfortunately, physical abuse often occurs due to a caretakers’ frustration with the elder, perhaps due to their necessity for more demanding care. This should never be an excuse, however, to inflict injury and harm on someone.
  • Sexual abuse. Unfortunately, sexual abuse and assault of elderly is an all-too-common problem that occurs in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Elderly persons are unfortunately weak and defenseless, so they are unable to resist against sexual predators. Those who are especially weak or have mental ailments have a higher likelihood of being a survivor of sexual assault.
  • Financial abuse. The elderly are susceptible to financial abuse, in which they are exploited for any wealth or assets they may own. Someone (usually a family member) will force an elderly person to sign documents to grant power of attorney, which allows them unrestricted access to all of their finances and investments.
  • Abandonment & neglect. The neglect of an elderly person also constitutes as abuse, especially in cases involving nursing homes. Ignoring an elderly persons’ needs for proper nutrition, care, and medications can significantly impact their health, causing illnesses and other complications that may be fatal.

Uncovering Elder Abuse & Neglect

It can unfortunately be incredibly difficult to uncover elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes, hospitals, and in other living facilities. Many of them have debilitating physical or mental disabilities that prevent them from accurately conveying their experiences to their loved ones. Here are some common signs that may indicate your loved one is a victim of abuse and/or assault.

  • Unexplained cuts, bruises, and other injuries.
  • Sudden changes in mood. Many who have been abused may look depressed, anxious, or even fearful when asked about their experiences. Others may also be reluctant to communicate for fear of retaliation.
  • Sudden loss of weight and poor personal hygiene.
  • Elderly persons who are bedridden must constantly be rotated or turned in order to prevent bedsores due to lack of circulation. The presence of bedsores may indicate that any caretakers or nurses are not taking adequate care of their residents.
  • Sudden changes in possessions, property, or financial accounts.
  • Nursing homes who object to seeing your loved one or otherwise do not allow your loved one to be alone with you at any time.

Consult a San Diego Elder Abuse Attorney

If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of elder or nursing home abuse, please consult an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you contact a legal professional, the quicker you may be able to help them get out of a potentially fatal situation.

At the law firm of Joel R. Bryant, we aim to assist victims of elder abuse as soon as possible. Once we have the details of your loved one’s situation, we take action immediately towards litigation and compensation. This includes:

  • Investigating your case, gathering any evidence that can substantiate your case
  • Seeking out medical professionals who can help substantiate any signs of abuse
  • Determining the value of your loved one’s claim
  • Fighting for your loved one’s wellbeing in the courtroom
  • Taking your case to trial if we are not satisfied with any negotiations or settlements

We understand that litigation and eventual compensation will never replace the pain and suffering experienced by your loved ones. However, it can help you and your loved one to seek the help necessary to make a full recovery. Additionally, we pursue the maximum possible compensation to hold any negligent parties fully accountable for their despicable actions toward elderly persons.

Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation

If your loved one has suffered elder abuse at the hands of a nursing home, caretaker or other assisted living care, please contact us immediately to discuss your case. Attorney Joel R. Bryant is committed to seeking justice on behalf of the vulnerable elderly persons who are needlessly abused by opportunistic predators. Schedule a free, confidential consultation today and see how we can help you today.

“Joel and his team were the help I needed to approach the nursing home that didn’t take good care of my grandmother. With Joel’s help, my grandmother was fairly compensated for the injuries she suffered as a result of the nursing home’s neglect and abuse.”

Andrea C.

“When one of the most tragic events happened in my life, Joel Bryant and Jason Julius were there for me when I needed someone the most. They both were very professional, honest, compassionate, and supportive."

Brent R.

“Joel was amazingly accessible, by phone, email and often, in person, and still is. He is a professional with an understanding heart, and a sense of humor. I still feel very fortunate to have had him on my side.”

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