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November 12, 2012

Attorney General Cracks Down on Nursing Home Abuse (CA. USA)

California Attorney General Vows to Ramp Up Elder Abuse Investigations

California nursing home abuse lawyer weighs in on Attorney General Kamala Harris' announcement that her office will vigorously pursue criminal charges against those suspected of elder abuse. According to a Nov. 3 news report in The Sacramento Bee, Harris has promised to particularly pursue nursing home abuse and neglect cases.
 
Attorney General cracks down on nursing home abuse
 Harris' bold move is commendable and could put nursing homes on notice.
Newport Beach, CA
(PRWEB)
November 10, 2012

Representatives of California Attorney General Kamala Harris are saying that they will begin aggressively building more criminal cases involving elder abuse, particularly nursing home neglect and abuse cases, statewide. According to a Nov. 3 article in The Sacramento Bee, the Attorney General's office is forming three specialized teams – one in Sacramento and two in Southern California – to pursue criminal charges against nursing home administrators and employees "where deep, systemic problems are suspected."
Harris tells the Bee that elder abuse is a tragic crime because it targets the most vulnerable section of our population – seniors. She tells the newspaper that these types of crimes are pervasive, but often under reported, which is why "we must become more resolute in our protection of them." According to the report, in California and the rest of the country, criminal prosecutions of nursing homes or nursing home employees is rare and allegations of abuse or neglect are usually handled in the civil courts. The report states that elder abuse complaints filed by the California Attorney General dropped from 112 in 2002 to 60 in 2011.
Harris' bold move is commendable and could put nursing homes on notice, said John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm. "However, criminal prosecution of nursing homes can be challenging. Although the burden of proof in civil cases is on the plaintiff, the standard is lower. In criminal cases, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the nursing home or staff intended to harm the victim."
In addition, the victim or victim's family may not be fully compensated monetarily for their significant losses, Bisnar said. "In my experience, a number of these large corporations that run nursing homes understaff their facilities to bulk up profits. They put money ahead of frail, elderly residents who depend on them. The best way to make them pay is by hitting them where it hurts the most – their pocketbook."


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