Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Helping Victims Throughout California
Deciding to put a loved one in a nursing home is a very difficult decision. You rightfully expect that they will take care of your loved one as you would, with care and compassion. Unfortunately, the harsh reality is that many nursing homes are underfunded and poorly staffed. The unfortunate result of this is that nursing home abuse and neglect is not uncommon.
Nursing homes are in business because they promise to take care of ill and elderly adults in their facility. This of course means a lot more than merely putting a roof over their head. These facilities are expected to operate according to California law, which defines what kind of care they should receive, and how much. In exchange for their duty to provide the care promised, they are paid by families and through Medicare and Medicaid programs. Despite this, thousands of people under their care are abused and neglected every year.
Many nursing facilities are poorly managed to increase profits. As a result, facilities are understaffed and your loved one suffers. Some types of nursing home abuse include:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
Some of this abuse may occur for a purpose, to get control of a person’s financial accounts. Other times, the abuse can be caused unintentionally. Signs of abuse and neglect can include:
California State Law
There are several laws that have been created to protect the elderly in nursing homes. This includes:
- The Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
- Adult Protective Services Program.
- Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act.
What Can Be Done?
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect can be difficult to detect. Often times nursing home patients may already have health problems and may not be able to communicate what is happening due to illness or fear. It is important that you, as the loved one, visit often and observe the care they are receiving. If you feel something is amiss, act promptly and speak to the floor supervisor. If you don’t get a satisfactory response, it is important to persist and talk to management. If you feel your loved one’s immediate health and well-being are threatened, decide to move them to another facility.
Nursing Home Insurance Companies
It can be difficult in these situations to determine who is to blame. Investigating these cases can be complicated. You can be sure that the insurance company that handles the nursing home involved will have their own team of lawyers ready to defend your claim. It is necessary to have a lawyer on your side that you can trust and who is qualified to handle these types of investigations. Speak to the California nursing home neglect lawyers from Donahue & Horrow LLP for advice and a free consultation. We can inform you of your legal options, and help you get the compensation that you and your loved one deserve. We strongly believe that neglect and abusive nursing home facilities need to be held accountable for the actions. Call us today at 310-322-0300 or toll free 877-664-5407.