Nursing Home Abuse

California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Elder abuse and neglect takes on many forms, including physical, mental and financial injuries.

Residents rely on their caretakers to tend to their daily needs, and when neglected they are virtually helpless. It is the responsibility of a residents family member or loved one to carry out legal actions against the staff of Nursing homes if they fail in their duty. If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse/ neglect call Torrey Pacific Law today for a free case evaluation.

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SIGNS OF ABUSE

Many times, these are the signs of abuse or neglect at a nursing home:

  • Bed sores
  • Low self-esteem
  • Infections
  • Hair loss
  • Rapid loss in weight
  • Rejection of medications
  • Fresh injuries
  • Abnormal cuts, bruises
  • Slowness or unresponsiveness
  • Strange attitude
  • Physical or emotional withdrawl
  • Unexplainable financial transactions
  • Disappearance of personal property

Our team of Attorneys are interested in upholding the rights of the elderly and sick who are admitted to nursing homes to receive the proper care and attention. It is our duty to defend these residents who pay money for a comfortable and clean environment but are neglected or abused.

Neglect or abuse can quickly deteriorate the health of a person or even lead to death. This is the opposite of what their loved ones envisioned when making the difficult decision to put their family member into a home, and we will take it upon ourselves to ensure that you get compensations in Dollars for all the care and love denied to your friend or family member who was a guest in that Nursing home. These cases also ensure that it will not happen to other people’s loved ones, once there is an open case.

Our consultation fee is free, meaning you do not have to lose further, and  we will open your case to study its possibilities before proceeding to file a suit against that  nursing home owner in court for breach of contract. Only when the presiding Judge rules in your favor and passes verdict that the Home awards you compensation for their abuse and neglect, will we take an agreed commission

Our team of Attorneys at Torrey Pacific Law are experts in this field. In our rich experience as Nursing home abuse and neglect Lawyers, we have come across claims where nursing homes are held responsible for abuse and neglect due to;

CARELESS HIRING PRACTICE

For the sake of the elderly inmates, staff and employees of a nursing Home have to meet certain qualifications before they can be employed. They must have superior certificate or license, good experience working in similar position, and the right character in order to cater for the needs of the elderly patients.

When a Nursing home fails in their responsibility of carrying out adequate background checks on their employees, this may lead to employing are unqualified staff. This endangers the health of the residents. Hence, the recruitment method of a nursing home will be held responsible if any inhabitant of the Home is abused and neglected.

LOW STAFF-INMATE RATIO

In a situation where an employee is responsible for more residents than he can cater to, it can lead to various crises such as;

ABANDONING BASIC NEEDS OF INMATES

Too many bodies to bathe, feed, medicate or groom can mean some residents will not receive the proper care that they need. The staff cannot be blamed because humans can get tired. What they need are more qualified employees. Sadly, being understaffed is often the case with most nursing homes.

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PATIENT ABUSE

Nursing home staff members accused of abusing residents often blame it on understaffing. It is relatable because people can sometimes lose verbal control when they feel they are inadequate for any task, so all that pent up anger can be let out all at once.

ABANDONING RESIDENTS ON STRETCHERS

Many residents at nursing homes are too elderly to walk on their own. This puts them in situation where they cannot carry out routine daily activities by themselves, so they are dependent on staff members to do most activities including turning around in bed. When they are not assisted, they can develop different ailments such as bedsores. It can also lead to current injuries or wounds not healing or getting worse.

INADEQUATE TRAINING OR ABSENCE OF IT

Some nursing home residents who suffer from peculiar diseases need a specially trained Caregiver. In such cases the resident will need a technical staff to provide adequate care, and in the absence of such caregiver, they can suffer greatly. Family members must ensure that they inquire and confirm that there is available staff members who can specially take care of a resident who needs special care, and this would requires unique training.

MEDICATION MISTAKES

Many nursing home residents who are on admission, have prescription drugs which are ordered for them by a Doctor, too manage various diseases that they may suffer. When an residents prescription drugs is exchanged or improperly stored, it can cause complications, adverse side effects, and for a sick, elderly person with a failing immune system, it can quickly cause death. Staff at the nursing home must be very responsible in discharging their duties, because when harm is brought upon a resident, or in the worst cases death, due to mistakes in medication, staff members could be held financially liable in court.

ABUSE OF RIGHTS OF RESIDENTS

Under various laws, residents at nursing homes are guaranteed rights that provide them independence and assures them a degree of self-determination. Federal laws demand that inmates are awarded the following rights: Right to dignify, freedom, respect. Right to private life. Right to active participation in one’s health care and living agreements. Any nursing home that denies a resident any of these rights can be held responsible and be liable to pay compensations.

THIRD-PARTY ABUSE

Third party members include guests, visitors, friends of staff, even fellow residents. When one resident suffers abuse in the hands of third party person, the nursing home will be held responsible for failing in their duty to protect all residents of the home.

COMPENSATION FEE FOR ABUSE OR NEGLECT SUFFERED AT NURSING HOME

Racism, verbal abuse, physical abuse and neglect can never be put into a dollar amount due to the sad experience and alienation it breeds. But, future recurrence can be avoided when instances are reported to professional Lawyers who have experienced in this field . It is important such homes are made liable to avoid depression and deteriorating medical condition in future residents.

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Beyond that, we can help you win compensations for the following:

  • Grief
  • Mental distress
  • Abused medical prescriptions
  • Pain and anguish

If your loved one finally pays the ultimate price and dies due to abusive or neglectful trend in the hands of the nursing home staff, then you can file a lawsuit for wrongful death against the home. When you file your law suit with us, we will fight it to the end and help you win legal compensations that will cover the following:

  • Funeral spending
  • Loss of financial contributions
  • Absence of companionship
  • Loss of inheritance

Amidst all of this, it is necessary to note that there is deadline for you to file a law suit against a nursing home on behalf of your loved one who suffered abuse and neglect in their hands. The length of time varies across different states so it is important you file the case as soon as you think there is a case of neglect, abuse, or death.

KINDS OF NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT

The following kinds of nursing home abuse and neglect were drawn from previous cases we had handled in this field. They include:

PHYSICAL ABUSE

When an inmate becomes victim of unnecessary or violent use of force, even if it does not inflict injury on the inmate, it can be classified as physical abuse and reported in the legal statement.

Often, nursing home inmates are victims of these kinds of physical abuses:

  • Assault
  • Biting
  • Hitting
  • Kicking
  • Violent shaking
  • Intentional overmedication
  • Pushing
  • Burning
  • Misuse of sedative on nursing home resident
  • Threateing a resident with an object

EMOTIONAL ABUSE

This is a second kind of abuse which is also common in nursing homes. Staff members at nursing homes have often been accused by family members of residents, to have emotionally abused their beloved ones through verbal threat, degradation and belittling. For the resident, it can lead to severe outcomes such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma. From investigated reports, emotional abuse suffered by residents can be verbal or non-verbal actions which include:

  • Yelling at a resident
  • Intimidating a resident
  • Humiliating a resident
  • Threatening a resident
  • Intentionally terrorizing a resident
  • Intentionally putting a resident in isolation from others and not allowing them to socialize
  • Unfairly accusing or blaming a resident
  • Turning a blind eye to a resident’s requests and needs
  • Punishing a resident especially for mistakes

FINANCIAL ABUSE

This happens when a employee at a nursing home facility who is in charge of managing the financial affairs of residents, abuses his power and commingles  money, assets or property belonging to residents, without their permission. In clear instances, some of these financial abuses include:

  • Making use of a resident’s asset or property for selfish interest
  • Cashing a resident’s checks without an authorization
  • Manipulating a resident to authorize a legally binding document such as will or contract
  • Copying a resident’s signature in order to have easy access to his wealth

SEXUAL ABUSE

In some nursing homes, residents have been manipulated into having unwanted sexual intercourse. This is usually carried out by engaging an elderly who is not in the right frame of mind to give a consent.

Different forms of nursing home sexual abuse are:

  • Sexual and battery
  • Pornography
  • Rape
  • Unwanted nudity
  • Unapproved touching that is laced with sexual intentions

Sadly, in our records, inmates who are most prone to various forms of sexual abuse are residents who have suffer mental diseases such as Alzheimer and dementia. In some instances they cannot even remember they were sexually violated.

If you suspect that your loved one is facing sexual violations, reach out to our Attorney’s as soon as you develop suspicions. We have all the legal power to bring the perpetrators to justice and have a Court award you sufficient compensations if they are found culpable. But before you do this, you should consider a medical check-up and evaluation if it is a strong case such as rape, before transferring your beloved to another facility to receive better care.

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HOW IS A NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT IDENTIFIED?

This must be racing through your mind already. Nursing home abusers think they are smart. They behave like predators; wolves that seek out the weakest among the herd and prey on them. Many residents who suffer a type of memory disease have been recorded to have wounds inflicted upon them during sexual abuse at nursing homes. In fact, since such victims can barely remember being sexually abused, it can be difficult or impossible for them to speak out.

Family members are advised to closely study their loved ones who are residents at nursing homes in order to identify any changes in attitude or behavior, and private parts can be examined for presence of fresh injuries or healing ones. This can help in discovering if the sexual abuse involved penetration or not. After suspicions, please file a legal report to an experienced Attorney and allow him take the case. Our team of Attorneys when contacted, will study the case for any possibilities, if any, and we will take it from there to file a legal suit without any upfront costs. You would only pay us a commission when we have won your case and you are awarded compensations for damages incurred by your beloved one.

Many times, these are the signs of abuse or neglect at a nursing home:

  • Bed sores
  • Low self-esteem
  • Infections
  • Hair loss
  • Rapid loss in weight
  • Rejection of medications
  • Fresh injuries
  • Abnormal cuts, bruises
  • Slowness or unresponsiveness
  • Strange attitude
  • Physical or emotional withdrawal
  • Unexplainable financial transactions
  • Disappearance of personal property

It is also necessary to add these situations; sometimes a nursing home resident gets very uncomfortable around a particular staff member. Discomfort at the sight of a staff, by any resident, is an indication of a certain dislike when explored, may boil down to series of abusive incidents. Also, when a nursing home staff member repeatedly refuses to leave you alone with a resident even after you insist so, it could mean he or she wants his or her presence to intimidate the resident from speaking the truth about some abusive incidents. These signs are subtle and family members should be very observant.

The next action to take following a suspicion is to find an Attorney. We are committed to unraveling interesting cases like this, after all one day we will all become elderly and if we do not take these guys down, we may end up in their hands as well. Upon reaching out to us, we will study your case and its viability for no charge at all. We will only accept commissions after the perpetrators of the abuse have been made to legally pay for their crimes.

844-85-LEGAL

Call Now To Schedule A Free Consultation With A Nursing Home Abuse Attorney.

NO UPFRONT COSTS. WE DO NOT GET PAID UNLESS YOU DO.