(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this elder abuse/personal injury case and its proceedings.)
d. The Doctors Are Accused by Sufficiently Allegations of Reckless Neglect Under the Elder Abuse Act.
To establish elder abuse a plaintiff must show a defendant was guilty of recklessness, among other possibilities. [Benun v. Sup.Ct. (Country Villa East)] (2004) 123 Cal. App. 4th 113, 120] Then the controlling statute of limitations is for personal injury, hence two years. [Ibid]
The Second Cause of Action states that the doctors were reckless and showed a deliberate disregard of a high probability that injury would occur. That is recklessness. [Kahn v. East Side Union High School Dist. (2003) 31 Cal. 4th 990, 1019 (citing other cases)]
In 1991, in order to enable interested persons to engage attorneys to take up the cause of abused elderly persons and dependent adults (Welf. & Inst. Code, § 15600, subd. (j)), the Legislature added Welfare and Institutions Code section 15657 to the Act.
That section makes available, to plaintiffs who prove especially egregious elder abuse to a high standard, certain remedies in addition to all other remedies otherwise provided by law (Welf. & Inst. Code, § 15657).  Specifically, a plaintiff who proves by clear and convincing evidence that a defendant is liable for physical abuse, neglect, or financial abuse (as these terms are defined in the Act), and that the defendant has been guilty of recklessness, oppression, fraud, or malice in the commission of such abuse, may recover attorney fees and costs. (Id., subd. (a), incorporating by reference Welf. & Inst. Code, §§ 15610.30, 15610.57, 15610.63.)
Covenant Care, Inc. v. Superior Court (Inclan) (2004) 32 Cal.4th 771, 779-780.
Defendants argue that the fundamental wrong must be by custodians. The plaintiffs reply that when doctors assume control fo the life of an 84 year old man and drug him to death, they have acted in a custodial capacity, not just medical. While psycho tropic medications may have become fashionable they are very dangerous and should not be imposed without the consent of the patient. The absence of consent is a battery. It could not have happened if the doctors had not been in charge of his life and custody. (See Part 8 of 8.)
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