Elder Neglect

Personal Injury Attorneys Focused on Helping Victims of Negligence and Abuse

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are trusted to provide proper treatment to those who require help. Unfortunately, problems do happen. Too often, people who cannot speak up for themselves are abused, neglected, or taken advantage of financially.

Johnson Moore excels in cases against nursing homes and assisted living facilities brought on behalf of abused and neglected elders and dependent adults. Attorney Johnson has been widely recognized for large settlements and favorable trial verdicts. He was honored as Trial Lawyer Of The Year by the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, and chosen as a finalist for Street Fighter Of The Year by the Consumer Attorneys Of California.

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caanhrCalifornia Advocates for Nursing Home Reform CANHR

Mr. Johnson and Ms. Moore are also proud members of the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), and a founding member of Elder Justice Advocates. This is a group of Elder Abuse attorneys throughout California who, along with their clients, pledge a portion of every case to the prevention of further abuse and neglect. For more about this program, please click here, or on the Elder Justice Advocate link to the left.

Safety Through Advocacy

If a loved one is suffering from improper care, abuse, or is being taken advantage of by staff at an assisted living facility or nursing home, we can help. From thorough investigation, to skillful negotiation to aggressive litigation, our attorneys are ready to work for you. We handle cases throughout California and can also assist in out-of-state matters.  The Johnson Moore, APC actively pursue civil Elder Abuse and Neglect cases in California. Elder Abuse and Neglect are terms defined by statutes, and include such things as malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores, falls, broken bones, physical neglect and physical abuse. Common signs of neglect could be weight loss, dehydration, bedsores, infections, incontinence, poor personal hygiene, withdrawal or other unexplained lack of communication. Physical abuse may include a physical attack or signs of bruising or broken bones.

In California, the lawmakers decided to protect seniors over the age of 65 from acts of abuse & neglect. Special protections were put in place to encourage private lawyers, like Ms. Moore to fight back on behalf of the vulnerable, elderly population. This law is known as the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act, or EADACPA. It can be found in Welfare & Institutions Code § 15600 et seq.

According to this law, the legislature recognized that abuse and neglect of our elders was occurring; that the elders were vulnerable and in need of special protection; and that criminal arrests and civil lawsuits were rare due to problems of proof, court delays and lack of financial incentives to prosecute claims. Recognizing these problems, the legislature declared it was the goal of this legislation “to enable interested persons to engage attorneys to take up the cause of abuse elderly persons and dependent adults.”

At  Johnson Moore, APC, we have taken up the cause. The primary focus of this firm is the prosecution of lawsuits under the Elder Abuse Act. Each family has a story to tell. We listen. If the facts you describe fall within the protections of this set of laws, we can give you a voice and tell your story.

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Elder Neglect Resources

Who does the Elder Abuse Act protect?

wpc11811d0_05Who is protected and what constitutes elder or dependent adult abuse is specifically defined by the statute. An “elder” is anyone over age 65. A “dependent adult” is any person between the age of 18 and 64 who has physical or mental limitations that restrict his or her ability to carry out normal activities or to protect his or her rights.

Informed Consent Requirements

It is the responsibility of the attending licensed healthcare practitioner acting within the scope of his or her professional licensure to determine what information a reasonable person in the patient’s condition and circumstances would consider material to a decision to accept or refuse a proposed treatment or procedure. For more information click here.

Elder Abuse Resource Organizations

There are many organizations that offer resources, assistance and information for victims of elder abuse we have collected many of our favorites to share with you. To view a list of these organizations click here.

Psychotherapeutic Drugs At Issue

Generic Name Brand Name Current Uses
alprazolam Xanax anxiety, panic
amitriptyline Elavil, Endep depression (tricyclic)
amoxapine Asendin psychotic depression
amphetamine Adderall ADD
aripiprazole Abilify schizophrenia (atypical)
buproprion Wellbutrin depression, ADD
buspirone BuSpar anxiety
carbamazepine Tegretol bipolar disorder
chloriazepoxide Librium anxiety
chlorpromazine Thorazine schizophrenia (typical)
citalopram hydrobromide Celexa depression (SSRI)
clomipramine Anafranil OCD, depression (tricyclic)
clonazepam Klonopin anxiety
clorazepate Tranxene anxiety
clozapine Clozaril schizophrenia (atypical)
desipramine Norpramin depression (tricyclic), ADD
dextroamphetamine Adderall, Dexedrine ADD
diazepam Valium anxiety
divalproex sodium Depakote bipolar disorder
doxepin Adapin, Sinequan depression (tricyclic)
escitalopram Lexapro depression (SSRI), anxiety
fluoxetine Prozac depression (SSRI), OCD, panic
fluphenazine Prolixin, Prolixin Decanoate schizophrenia (typical)
fluvoxamine Luvox OCD, depression (SSRI)
haloperidol Haldol, Haldol Decanoate schizophrenia (typical)
imipramine Tofranil depression (tricyclic), panic
lithium carbonate Eskalith, Lithobid bipolar disorder
lithium citrate Cibalith S bipolar disorder
lorazepam Ativan anxiety
loxapine Loxitane schiophrenia (typical)
maprotiline Ludiomil depression (tricyclic)
mesoridazine Serentil schiophrenia (typical)
methylphenidate Ritalin ADD
mirtazapine Remeron depression
molindone Moban schiophrenia (typical)
nefazodone Serzone depression
nortriptyline Pamelor depression (tricyclic)
olanzapine Zyprexa schizophrenia (atypical)
oxazepam Serax anxiety
paroxetine Paxil depression (SSRI), OCD, panic
pemoline Cylert ADD
perphenazine Trilafon schizophrenia (typical)
phenelzine Nardil depression (MAOI)
prazepam Centrax anxiety
prochlorperazine Compazine schizophrenia (typical)
protriptyline Vivactil depression (tricyclic)
quetiapine Seroquel schizophrenia (atypical)
risperidone Risperdal schizophrenia (atypical)
sertraline Zoloft depression (SSRI), OCD, panic
thioridazine Mellaril schizophrenia (typical)
thiothixene Navane schizophrenia (typical)
tranylcypromine sulfate Prarnate depression (MAOI)
trazodone Desyrel depression (tricyclic)
trifluoperazine Stelazine, Vesprin schizophrenia (typical)
trimipramine Surmontil depression (tricyclic)
valproic acid Depakene bipolar disorder
venlafaxine Effexor depression
ziprasidone Geodon schizophrenia (atypical), bipolar

 

 

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