Mental Elder Abuse

Elder abuse can take many forms, and there is no requirement in California that there be physical abuse for a victim of abuse to pursue a claim against employees, nursing homes, and assisted living in facilities. In California, there can be both civil and criminal penalties for defendants who cause or allow actions to be taken against elderly persons (65 and over) which cause unjustifiable mental suffering. At Johnson Moore, our elder abuse attorneys represent victims of mental abuse and support their families in investigating whether mental abuse has occurred and taking legal action against elder care facilities that allow mental abuse, including obtaining financial damages and other forms of relief to prevent elder abuse from occurring.

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The Signs of Mental Elder Abuse

Elderly individuals are often the victims of mental abuse due to lack of training and employee oversight, understaffing, lack of resources, and their own vulnerability due to physical and mental limitations and inability to defend themselves or fight back. Thus, it is often the responsibility of family members and other loved ones to be on the watch for signs of mental elder abuse, which typically happens behind closed doors and is denied by perpetrators who may even threaten their victims into remaining quiet.

Signs of elder abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities can include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased isolation from other residents
  • Apathetic behavior
  • Unexplained changes in mood
  • Talking to oneself
  • Nervousness around caregivers and others
  • Child-like behaviors such as rocking back-and-forth and thumb-sucking

Bringing a Mental Elder Abuse Claim

When you contact Johnson Moore to discuss potential mental elder abuse claims, we will work with you to understand the full nature of the situation, whether you have a potential claim, and what we may be able to do to help in taking legal action on a family member’s behalf.

In bringing a mental elder abuse claim, we can take further action to investigate the actions taken against the victim, including obtaining additional information from a nursing home or assisted living facility through document retrievals, interviews, and depositions.

Founding partners Gregory Johnson and Jody Moore have been passionate advocates in the fight against elder abuse and neglect for years, and we understand what information is necessary for pursuing and winning a mental elder abuse claim, what the signs of abuse are, and how to collect and present that evidence in a compelling manner in a settlement negotiation or at trial.  

In bringing claims on behalf of mental abuse victims, we work to not only win financial damages but to seek relief that prevents and deters organizations from inflicting mental abuse and other forms of abuse on other vulnerable victims.

Contact a California Elder Abuse Attorney Today

At Johnson Moore, we are here to help victims of elder neglect and their families understand their legal options and lead them to the just outcomes they deserve. Our attorneys are compassionate and determined defenders of the elderly, and we will take the time to fully understand your concerns and assess what steps we can take on your behalf. If you suspect a loved one is the victim of mental elder abuse, contact Johnson Moore today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options.