Seven Elderly People Hospitalized In Moreno Valley After Being Uncared For At A Home
MORENO VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (November 12, 2019) – Seven elderly people were injured at a home after being uncared for.
Moreno Valley authorities first responded to the home after a welfare check request at a home on Millsap Drive. When authorities arrived at the home they came across seven adults who were injured.
Two women were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. One of the women was also suspected of elder abuse.
All seven of the victims were taken to the hospital for treatment. The home where the injuries took place was unlicensed to care for people. An investigation into the Moreno Valley incident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Moreno Valley Elder Neglect
According to the National Council on Aging, “Approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year. One study estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.” Abuse can come in many forms and may include:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Passive neglect
- Willful deprivation
- Financial exploitation
Elder abuse is a crime in California According to California Civil Code 368, “A person who knows or reasonably should know that a person is an elder or dependent adult and who, under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any elder or dependent adult to suffer, or inflicts thereon unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or having the care or custody of any elder or dependent adult, willfully causes or permits the person or health of the elder or dependent adult to be injured, or willfully causes or permits the elder or dependent adult to be placed in a situation in which his or her person or health is endangered, is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by a fine not to exceed six thousand dollars ($6,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years.”
In addition to criminal charges against individuals who engage in elder abuse companies that engage in elder abuse may face civil liability. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Victims of elder abuse or their families may have legal recourse through a civil claim. Damages in a civil claim can help with medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma and pain and suffering. An elder abuse attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are.
Getting Help After Elder Abuse
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the victims who were found at this home. Any person that may have knowledge about happened should reach out to the Moreno Valley police department as they continue to investigate. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to prevent this from happening again.
If you or someone that you love has been injured through elder abuse you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an incident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.