Los Angeles Nursing Home Attorneys – Fighting Against Neglect and Abuse
Trust compassionate California nursing home injury lawyers with your loved one’s case
Placing a loved one in a nursing home is no easy decision. You want your family member to be properly cared for and kept safe from harm. Nursing homes and assisted care facilities promote themselves as wonderful places for the elderly. Their advertisements are filled with pictures of happy residents and caring, attentive staff members. Families choose to trust these facilities with the care of their loved ones because they feel it is the safest option for their parent or elderly relative.
In reality, many of these facilities are understaffed, inadequately supervised and poorly trained when it comes to the needs of their patients. Elderly people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are often at the mercy of unqualified caretakers, placing them at substantial risk for injury and neglect.
The Los Angeles nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at Taylor & Ring represent elderly people who have been mistreated, harmed or injured in a serious manner by the very caregivers who were hired to keep them safe from harm. We obtained a $500,000 settlement for a neglected nursing home resident who developed bedsores, and know what it takes to build a successful case for compensation. If your family member is a victim of nursing home neglect in the Los Angeles area, contact our attorneys today to learn how we can help.
Recognizing the various types of elder abuse
There are three types of elder abuse of dependent adults that form the basis of a lawsuit in California — neglect, physical or sexual abuse, and financial abuse. In a nursing home context, elder abuse or neglect often manifests in one of the following ways:
- Dehydration and/or malnourishment
- Falls resulting in serious injuries
- Wandering and elopement
- Burn injuries
- Changes in hygiene patterns
- Changes in personality or behavior, including lethargy, withdrawal and depression
- Bruising or lacerations
- Rapid weight loss
The pain and suffering of these elders sometimes goes unnoticed for extended periods of time. They may be too frail to speak for themselves, or they may be afraid to report the incidents due to threats of harm and further injury. This is why it is vitally important for families to maintain regular contact with their loved ones. By visiting the nursing home on a regular basis, you can gauge changes in your family member’s behavior or appearance. You can also address concerns over cleanliness or staff interactions as soon as they arise.
Remember that in many cases, you are your loved one’s best advocate. If you suspect any wrongdoing or abuse, first call the appropriate authorities and then call our compassionate Los Angeles nursing home abuse attorneys. We work quickly to evaluate the case and hold responsible parties accountable for their negligent and abusive actions.
Fighting against nursing homes that put profits over safety
California has enacted stringent elder abuse laws; although one does not need to be “old” to have the laws apply to his or her situation. Rather, the law is aimed at the protection of adults of any age who are dependent on caregivers in acute care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers and hospitals. The law is aimed at nursing home and assisted care facilities whose neglect can cause serious harm and death to those relying upon and paying for care caused by a medical condition or simply old age. While it proscribes criminal penalties for these despicable acts, this law is also useful in mounting a civil case for compensation.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in the fields of elder abuse and nursing home neglect. We provide the weak and vulnerable with a voice against the corporate nursing homes that are quick to accept large sums of money from patients and their families and then fail to provide the quality of care promised.
With extensive investigation, we are often able to successfully prove that the nursing home in question was more concerned with profits than with providing proper staffing, supervision and care to its elderly patients. This attitude can result in serious understaffing, lack of qualified caregivers and an unsafe environment for the residents.
Contact us today to speak to a Los Angeles nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer
If you or a loved one has experienced elder abuse or neglect in an assisted living facility or nursing home, we urge you to contact the Los Angeles law firm of Taylor & Ring to discuss your situation. Our skilled Los Angeles nursing home abuse lawyers will provide you with legal representation that is compassionate but aggressive in pursuit of your compensation. Call us at 310-776-6390 or complete our contact form today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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