Nursing Home Abuse
NURSING HOME ABUSE MAY INCLUDE AND/OR COVER MULTIPLE AREAS SUCH AS:
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
- Nursing Home Sexual Abuse
- Adult Day Care Facility Neglect or Abuse
- Nursing Home Medication Negligence or Issues
- Skilled Nursing Facility Neglect or Abuse
- Assisted Living Facility Neglect or Abuse
Because of the age, and many times the frail physical and mental status of their residents and the people they are entrusted to take care of, Nursing home facilities are held to higher standards and are in positions of great power over their residents, and as such are highly regulated. Facilities generally have experts dedicated to providing continuous custodial and supportive care to their elder patients whose primary need is skilled nursing care on a long-term basis.
These nursing-home type facilities generally are supposed to provide 24-hour inpatient care and usually, at a minimum, include a physician, skilled nursing staff, some dietary and pharmaceutical service, as well as an activity program.
Possible areas where proof may be found in our experience, successfully handling elder-law and nursing home abuse cases requires not only knowledge of the relevant rules, regulations and governing law, but also requires the experience to know where to look to find evidence to strengthen your case. Just a few of the areas we look for information to support the case can be:
- Employees (Present or former) willing to whistle-blow on their employer
- Statements from other residents (present or past),
- inadequate healthcare practices,
- Poor living conditions,
- Worsening health or nourishment of the resident(s),
- Unexplained diseases or infections,
- Marks / bruises / bone breaks or fractures on resident(s),
- Deaths at the facility,
- Errors in dispensing medication(s)
- Torn clothing
- Loss of residents’ personal property
- Facility being under-staffed
Nursing homes in California are licensed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). If you suspect there is abuse of an elder taking place at a Skilled Nursing Care Facility, or a facility is violating the law, you should first submit a report with the CDPH.
Additionally, you should contact the local law-enforcement (call 911) for immediate help in putting a stop to the conduct.
You Should Talk With Us As Soon As Possible
We understand that reporting an abuse case against a nursing home facility, especially if a loved one is involved, can be difficult. However, not taking action will merely make things worse. Call our office as soon as possible.
All information shared will be kept secret and confidential.