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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer in Santa Barbara

Fighting for your most vulnerable loved ones

Few personal injury cases are as horrifying and inexcusable as those involving abuse of the vulnerable elderly by the caregivers you entrusted with their welfare. Robert Patterson fights tirelessly for justice in personal injury cases of elder and nursing home abuse and neglect in Santa Barbara.

Recognizing abuse by caregivers

Family members and physicians are the ones most likely to notice signs of abuse by nursing homes or caregivers. Your diligence can help put an end to it quickly and help us ensure it never happens again. Some signs include:

  • Unexplained bruises and injuries
  • Untreated injuries or illnesses
  • Pressure sores
  • Infections
  • Emotional agitation
  • Withdrawal
  • Neglected hygiene
  • Unexpected death
  • Weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Broken bones
  • Unattended wandering
  • Restraint injuries
  • Drugged appearance

Some of the most painful cases are those in which one family member believes another family member is abusing an elderly relative. But it is essential to put the safety of the elderly victim before anything else and come forward.

What to do if you suspect elder abuse

Take immediate action if you suspect a loved one is suffering elder or nursing home abuse or neglect in Santa Barbara. You should:

  • Notify the nursing home administrator — they are required by law to begin an investigation and report it to the state
  • Contact your loved one’s physician
  • Ask to review the medical file
  • Contact Santa Barbara nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys such as Robert Patterson
  • Contact adult protective services

What to do if you suspect financial abuse

When someone improperly or illegally uses the money, property or other assets of an elderly person, it is financial abuse. Examples include:

  • Cashing their checks without authorization
  • Forging their signature
  • Deceiving them into signing documents
  • Withdrawing money from their account through an ATM
  • Stealing their possessions

If you believe an elderly person is being financially abused, you should consider:

  • Sitting down with the elderly person and discussing your concerns
  • Contacting their financial institutions
  • Getting the advice of an elder abuse attorney in Santa Barbara
  • Contacting adult protective services
  • Contacting law enforcement

Experienced nursing home abuse lawyer in Santa Barbara

Patterson Law combines the experience of a large firm with the personal attention of a small firm. We primarily serve Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties, though we work with clients from Los Angeles and San Francisco as well. Initial consultations are free. Call us at 888-479-4589 or contact us online.