Sadly, nursing homes can be an environment for predators. Poor screening, inadequate supervision, negligent planning and overworked staff can create a situation where those with abusive or violent tendencies can roam freely through the halls, avoiding watchful eyes and taking advantage of people who cannot communicate or may be afraid to communicate.

All nursing homes are required to carefully screen prospective staff to make sure they are competent, safe and appropriate to work with residents. Anyone with a significant history of violent or criminal behavior should be declined.

However, not every event of rape or sexual abuse is committed by staff. At Mulligan, Banham & Findley, we have also handled cases of rape/sexual abuse by other residents in the home. These cases were brought successfully against the nursing homes due to failure by the facilities to properly plan, manage and isolate residents with histories of violence and mental illness.

These horrible cases, including cases where the victims died after rape, are some of the most shocking and distressing to surviving family members. Our California elder abuse attorneys handle cases of rape at nursing homes with sensitivity and expertise.

We also represent people who have been injured through “elopement,” or wandering off, due to lack of security, understaffing and other negligence. Dangers to impaired residents who wander off include heat stroke, car accidents and drowning.

The California Elder Abuse attorneys at Mulligan, Banham & Findley have the sensitivity, compassion and experience to help you.   Please call us at (619) 238-8700.

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