When our elderly loved ones live in nursing homes and senior care facilities we trust that they will be well cared for and safe from harm. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse poses a serious threat to nursing home residents across Los Angeles. If your elderly loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse do not hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney at Citywide Law Group today for help. We will help you hold the abusive nursing facility responsible for their actions and get the money you need to care for loved one.
For nearly two decades, our Los Angeles nursing home abuse attorneys have been fighting to protect the interests of nursing home abuse victims and their families. We understand that your trust has been violated and that your loved one has suffered unexcusable pain. We will fight to make sure that the at-fault nursing home is held accountable and that your family is fairly compensated for your suffering. Call our Los Angeles office today to schedule your free consultation. We will review your case, determine potential liability, and explain the process of filing a personal injury claim for damages.
What is Nursing Home Abuse?
In California, nursing home abuse can take many shapes and forms. Generally, any conduct by a nursing home that causes a resident to suffer physical, mental, and/or financial harm can be considered nursing home abuse. The Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act provides helpful guidelines for understanding which behaviors may constitute nursing home abuse.
Physical Abuse. Physical abuse can include causing a nursing home resident to suffer physical pain or injury, sexual abuse, or using physical or chemical restraints as a form of punishment.
Neglect. A nursing home’s failure to fulfill a caretaking obligation. Obligations can include aiding a resident with personal hygiene, providing necessary food and shelter, protecting a resident from health and safety hazards, and providing necessary medical care for physical and mental health needs.
Abandonment. Deserting an elderly or dependent adult by anyone who is entrusted with the care or custody of that elderly person.
Isolation. Intentionally preventing a nursing home resident from receiving mail, phone calls, and visitors.
Abduction. Removing a nursing home patient from the facility without consent of the resident or the resident’s family.
Financial Abuse. Exploiting a nursing home resident’s income, assets, or property without permission.
Recognizing Nursing Home Abuse
In some cases, the abuse will be obvious. In other cases, the abuse may be more difficult to recognize. If you believe that your elderly family member is the victim of nursing home abuse it is important to look for red flags and indicators of abuse.
Signs of nursing home abuse can fall into a few different categories: physical signs, behavioral signs, caretaker signs, and financial signs.
Physical Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
When your elderly family member is physically abused or neglected they may show visible signs of that abuse. If you notice any of the following physical signs of abuse it is important to contact an attorney.
- Broken bones,
- Cuts and lacerations,
- Bed sores,
- Unexpected weight loss, and/or
- Undiagnosed and unexpected pain.
Behavioral Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Some forms of nursing home abuse will not leave physical scars. Instead, you will have to determine if there have been any behavioral changes or abnormalities in your elderly loved one. If you notice any of the following behavioral signs of abuse you may want to consider taking legal action.
- Isolation, and/or
Caretaker Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Some signs of nursing home abuse may be more evident in the behavior of a trusted caretaker. If you believe that a nursing home may be engaging in any of the following behaviors, you may want to consider speaking with an attorney.
- Preventing a nursing home resident from speaking for him or herself,
- Displaying indifference or anger toward a nursing home resident,
- Prohibiting a nursing home resident from engaging in social activities,
- Falsifying reports about the care provided to residents, and/or
- Substance abuse.
Financial Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home residents are at an increased risk of being the victim of financial abuse. Many times, nursing home staff and caretakers have unfettered access to bank accounts, credit cards, and valuable personal property. When a caretaker abuses a power of trust for financial gain, you may have a case for nursing home abuse. If you notice any of the following financial signs of abuse it is important to act quickly.
- Unexpected credit card transactions,
- Unexplained withdrawals from a bank account, and/or
- Missing personal property.
Liability for Nursing Home Abuse Claim
You’ve decided that your elderly family member has been abused and want to take legal action. Who can you name as a defendant in your nursing home abuse lawsuit? Who can be held liable for nursing home abuse in California? California law states that anyone who assumes care of your loved one, or whose willful conduct or negligence contributes to your elderly family member’s harm, can be held legally responsible. Potentially liable parties for nursing home abuse include:
- Nursing home staff,
- Nursing home administration,
- Government entities responsible for inspections and licensing, and/or
- Family members.
Damages from a Nursing Home Abuse Claim
What can you do if you suspect that your elderly loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse? Nursing homes in California are held to extremely high legal standards and can be held financially accountable for actions that breach their legal duties. At the Citywide Law Group, our Los Angeles nursing home abuse attorneys can help you recover the money you need to help your elderly loved one during this difficult time.
The damages you recover in a nursing home abuse lawsuit can include compensation for:
- Ongoing medical care and treatment;
- Prescription medications;
- Medical devices;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Restitution for any financial losses.
In some cases, you may also be entitled to receive punitive damages. Contact the Citywide Law Group today to learn about the damages that you may be able to receive from a nursing home abuse claim.
Speak with a Los Angeles Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Today
Do you suspect that your elderly or disabled loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse? If so, you may be entitled to recover damages for the injuries and harms they have suffered. Call Citywide Law Group today to learn about how you can file a nursing home abuse claim for damages.
For the past 17 years, our Los Angeles nursing home abuse attorneys have handled thousands of personal injury matters, including those for nursing home abuse. We know that this is a difficult time in your life and will fight to hold the at-fault party accountable for their actions. You have a limited amount of time to act, so do not hesitate to call us today.