Severe Elder Abuse Sometimes Caused by Caregivers

California Woman, Caregiver, Pleads No Contest to Serious Felony Elder Abuse

caregiverOn Tuesday, August 19th, a woman from Salinas, California pleaded no contest to felony elder abuse, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.

Daisy Yolanda Ramirez, 42, was hired as a caregiver for the victim in 2009. Emergency responders, including police and firefighters, responded numerous times to calls regarding the health of the elderly victim, finally determining that Ramirez was responsible for the severe neglect, which led to the felony elder abuse charges.

Ramirez pleaded guilty to the felony elder abuse charges, as well as charges of failing to file tax returns and fraudulently claiming unemployment in the state of California.

The sentencing hearing was set for October 21st. Ramirez is expected to get felony probation, and will be ordered to pay restitution to the state tax and unemployment agencies.

New York Home Health Aide Caught Perpetrating Felony Elder Abuse

A home health worker and caregiver was caught on a nanny cam abusing his patient and has been arrested for elder abuse.

The video shows caregiver Ihor Krutovskyi was caught on the nanny cam, which was installed by the family of the elderly victim after they had problems with the first caregiver that they hired. The video shows the aide repeatedly grabbing, slamming, and screaming at the stroke patient, who also has Parkinson’s.

Krutovskyi only worked for the family for five days.

“He’s sick as it is,” Gabrielle Murakhovsky said of her grandfather. “He doesn’t deserve more pain.”

“He’s completely paralyzed and bed-bound,” she added.

Krutowvskyi has been charged with two counts of felony elder abuse, for endangering the welfare of an incompetent, elderly, or disabled person.

The Attorneys at the Strom Law Firm Help Victims and the Families of Victims Affected by Felony Elder Abuse

A person does not have to inflict abuse to be held responsible for the physical abuse. Allowing it to take place without doing anything to stop or prevent the abuse is sufficient. By law, physical abuse includes: slapping, hitting, kicking, biting, choking, pinching, burning, drugging a patient or confining a patient to control behavior.

Nursing home residents suffering from physical abuse by their caregivers (home caregivers, family member caregivers) may show:

  • bruises, welts, burns
  • unexplained fractures or other physical injuries
  • repeated accidents
  • injuries left untreated
  • references to caregiver’s temper or anger
  • nervous or quiet around caregiver
  • runs away from the home or tries to
  • has marks or scars from restraints on wrists
  • shows effects of chemical restraints such as incoherence, grogginess, excessive sleep
  • sudden fear, restlessness, anxiety
  • prevented from getting medical treatment or being alone with visitors

If your loved one has physically suffered, or died wrongfully, because an in-home caregiver or registered nurse in a nursing home has neglected the patient, you may have a felony elder abuse case. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm understand the sensitive nature of elder abuse cases, and will treat you with respect and compassion. It is important to fight felony elder abuse so you, your family, and others no longer suffer because of criminal behavior. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case. Contact us today for help.803.252.4800

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