Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Residents of nursing homes depend on the facility and staff for many aspects of daily living. Ideally, families of residents living in nursing homes should feel confident in the knowledge that their loved ones are well taken care of by the professionals on duty.
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is a problem of epidemic proportions in facilities across the nation. When proper care is not provided, a victim may suffer a serious injury or more tragic outcome. Nursing home abuse is a form of medical malpractice, and victims and their families are entitled to legal compensation.
If you suspect that your elderly family member is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, our lawyers can help. Serving California, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties as well as throughout Arizona, the team at Hodes Milman Ikuta believes in aggressively protecting victims’ rights. We have built our reputation for superior representation on our commitment to holding those who cause harm accountable for their actions.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many different forms and can frequently be difficult to identify, especially if your loved one is unwilling or unable to report the problem due to fear or a medical condition that prohibits or limits communication. The nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at our Southern California firm can help your family if you suspect your loved one may be the victim of this type of wrongdoing.
Common forms of nursing home abuse include:
Physical injuries are most likely to occur due to falling or wandering. If nursing homes are not adequately staffed there may not be enough assistance to reach a patient who needs to use the restroom. Injuries to the elderly can be particularly harmful as recovery time is greatly increased, and may also result in contracting a virus during recovery, such as pneumonia.
Emotional abuse can arise from mistreatment by the nursing staff, or by isolating an individual who should receive more social interaction.
Unfortunately, sexual abuse in nursing facilities has occurred, and often the culprits have had prior convictions or other instances which could indicate they may be sexual predators. It is ultimately the nursing home’s responsibility to properly screen and interview nursing staff to avoid sexual assault.
It is not uncommon for an elderly person to experience dementia or have unreasonable thoughts as they age. Unfortunately, this may result in a form of elder abuse which involves staff attempting to acquire financial assets from the elderly patient.
Common forms of nursing home neglect include:
- Lack of supervision or monitoring
- Delayed medical care
- Lack of proper hygiene
- Unsanitary facilities
- Improper medication
Nursing home abuse or neglect may be indicated by symptoms such as bed sores, weight loss, unexplained injuries, mental withdrawal, or other sudden changes in behavior or appearance. However, it must be noted that these conditions don’t always point to abuse or neglect. To protect your loved one, you should make frequent visits to the facility to monitor his or her care. While there, note any unusual occurrences or changes in behavior and report your concerns to the administrator or supervisor. For further aid in investigating your suspicions, contact our nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers.
Filing a Nursing Home Abuse Claim
The nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at our Los Angeles-area firm are experienced trial lawyers who have the knowledge and resources to handle even the most complex claims. We will evaluate your case and, if appropriate, assist you in filing a personal injury claim. In the event that nursing home abuse or neglect led to your loved one’s tragic death, a wrongful death claim may be pursued. We can help you determine the best course of legal action for you and your family.
For cases involving serious personal injury, a claim may seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and additional damages. In cases involving the wrongful death of an elderly loved one, our nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers may also be able to obtain compensation for funeral expenses and loss of companionship. Our team has helped countless victims, and we are proud of our ongoing commitment to meticulous preparation and aggressive advocacy.
Contact Our Nursing Home Abuse Law Firm
If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, contact our law firm by calling (949) 640-8222. Serving California, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties as well as throughout Arizona, the team at Hodes Milman Ikuta is devoted to protecting and asserting the rights of innocent victims. Schedule a free consultation today.
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