If you or someone you know has been a victim of elder abuse, you may be struggling with what to do next. How long do you have to start taking legal action and begin the process of seeking justice? If you suspect a friend or family member has been subjected to elder abuse in a nursing home, what signs should you be in pursuit of, and what are the next best steps for you to follow?
If you are looking for more information about elder abuse law in Las Vegas, we may be able to help. At Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, we have significant experience in elder abuse and employment law, so we know the ins and outs of these kinds of cases. We break down everything you need to know.
In Nevada, including the city of Las Vegas, there is a two-year statute of limitations for elder abuse claims. This means you have two years from the date of discovery of the abuse to file a claim and start taking legal action. This often includes assault and battery.
If you or someone you know above the age of 60 has been subjected to abuse, whether at a nursing home or elsewhere, consider taking swift legal action. In certain circumstances, the statute of limitations may be extended, but it is far better to act sooner rather than later. If you want to determine if you are eligible for an extension, please discuss the details of your elder abuse case with a qualified Las Vegas personal injury lawyer.
There are many potential signs that may point to elder abuse, and if you know someone who is under the care of a nursing home or another institution, it may be useful to keep these signs in mind. The following symptoms may also present themselves if your loved one is under the care of another friend or family member:
Your loved one may also directly or indirectly tell you about their abusive situation. They might hint at sexual relationships with one or more employees, selling medication to make extra cash, or feeling like someone forgets to bring them meals, for example. If you notice any potential red flags, your lawyer may be able to help you build a strong case.
If your loved one suffered elder abuse, you may find these suggestions useful if you plan on taking legal action.
If there is any chance your loved one is injured, we strongly recommend sending them to a third-party medical facility and seeking medical attention. There, medical professionals may be able to fully assess the situation, provide treatment for their injuries, and prevent their condition from worsening.
While you may be afraid to trust medical professionals after a negative experience, assessing the situation is necessary if you want justice and the monetary compensation necessary for your loved one to be made whole again.
Depending on whether there are immediate dangers, please contact the proper authorities if you believe your loved one was subjected to elder abuse. In an emergency situation, please dial 911 so you can receive immediate assistance. However, if you are not experiencing an immediate emergency, we recommend contacting Adult Protective Services.
Adult Protective Services in Las Vegas should be able to conduct a preliminary screening of the nursing home, including any employees who have cared for you. They may also be able to determine whether any employees have a history of reprimands or complaints relevant to the circumstances.
In any situation where your loved one has experienced abuse, it is essential to remove them from the dangerous situation as quickly as possible. If you suspect elder abuse, try to find alternate housing or care. They must swiftly receive adequate nutrition and medical attention and maintain a good quality of life.
You may move your elderly loved one into temporary housing and request at-home care to come to them, either with you or with a trusted friend or family member. You may also decide to transfer them to a different nursing home. Even if there is no evidence of elder abuse at the close of investigations, it is far better to act with caution and remove your loved one from the situation.
If you are planning on taking legal action, we strongly recommend you hire an experienced and qualified elder abuse lawyer. Your lawyer may be able to offer assistance in some of the following areas:
During any legal proceedings, please refrain from representing yourself. Your lawyer is far more likely to be adequately equipped to represent you and present your case favorably and accurately in a court of law. As such, do not hesitate to get in touch with a lawyer to represent you as soon as possible.
If someone you love has suffered elder abuse in Las Vegas, you do not need to feel alone. We at Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos have strong knowledge of the law, and we have helped numerous clients with our resources and support. Our legal team is a 100% confidential and secure outlet, so you may also find significant privacy while you are working with us.
If you think we might be able to help you in your legal procession, please give us a call to discuss the details of your case, seek justice for your abuser, and maximize the monetary compensation of your case. We are patiently awaiting your call, and you can reach us at (310) 844-9696. If you prefer, you can also complete our contact form at your convenience.