Los Angeles Nursing Home Attorneys – Fighting Against Neglect and Abuse
Aggressive representation for nursing home sexual assault victims across California
In a nursing home environment, many patients are too weak to defend themselves against unwanted behaviors. Perpetrators see them as easy targets, which sometimes leads to acts of sexual abuse. At Taylor & Ring, our attorneys fight back on the behalf of sexual abuse victims. Based in Los Angeles, our lawyers are recognized as some of the top trial lawyers for plaintiffs throughout California. Call us today to learn more.
How common is sexual assault in nursing homes?
A lot of people have a hard time believing that nursing home residents are subject to sexual abuse. Financial abuse, or physical abuse? That, they can believe. But sexual assault?
The truth is, sexual assault in nursing homes is far more common than you realize. In 2017, CNN issued a scathing report on just how often it happens. Their piece – Sick, Dying, and Raped in America’s Nursing Homes – detailed multiple instances of heinous sex crimes being committed against the elderly and infirm. Overall, they found more than 1,000 nursing home across the U.S., including homes in California, where staff had mishandled cases of suspected sexual abuse. More than 16,000 complaints of rape, oral copulation, digital penetration, and other types of sexual assault have been lodged in the last 19 years against:
- Other residents
- Aides, nurses and staff
- Family members
- Unknown assailants
Why the abuse continues
Per CNN, “the facilities that currently house more than 1 million senior citizens typically pay low wages to nursing assistants (about $11 or $12 an hour), making it difficult to attract and keep quality workers. And during the most vulnerable hours, the night shift, there are often few supervisors.” Add this to poor training, and you have the makings of systemic failure to protect patients.
Another common reason is the failure to believe the victims. In cases where the patients have dementia, disabilities, or other mental conditions, staff may be skeptical of the victim’s account.
Finally – and perhaps most insidiously – accusations of rape or abuse will lead to an investigation. Investigations can lead to the loss of residents. Fewer residents means less money for the facility. In short, nursing homes may put their profits ahead of the safety of their residents.
Recognizing the signs of nursing home sexual abuse
Some residents cannot communicate to let other staff or family members know about abuse. Others are simply too scared to report abuse, fearing retribution from the offending staff member or being kicked out of the nursing home for making trouble.
No resident should ever have to feel this way. If you suspect sexual abuse, be on the lookout for warning signs like:
- Physical marks, such as bruises or scratches
- Bleeding in the pelvic area
- Difficulty sitting or walking
- Changes in grooming and hygiene habits
- Withdrawal or depression
- Development of a sexually transmitted infection (STI)
- Abrupt changes in mood or personality
- Symptoms of post-traumatic stress, including rapid changes in behavior when the abuser is in the room, or when certain tools (like physical restraints) are presented
- New, unfounded allegations that your loved is a “troublemaker”
Advocating for the rights of nursing home residents
California’s elder abuse laws extend to adults of any age who are dependent on caregivers in acute care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals. The elderly are covered by California’s mandated reporter law. Failing to report suspected abuse can result in incarceration and fines.
If you suspect that your loved one is being abused, you should seek legal counsel. You should also contact the local police, as well as the office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman: 800-231-4024.
Additional services for California nursing home residents
Our firm handles all manner of nursing home abuse claims. Please contact our Los Angeles injury attorneys for help regarding:
- Nursing Home Neglect
- Assault and Abuse
- Bed Sores
- Burn Injuries
- Falling Injuries
- Dehydration / Malnutrition
- Wandering Off
- Taylor & Ring Files Lawsuit Against Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital for Sexual Battery, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Elder Abuse and Negligence
- National Law Journal Features Louanne Masry in Q&A Series on Elder Abuse and Medical Malpractice Claims
- Bedsores Frequently Caused by Nursing Home Neglect
Trust experienced Los Angeles sexual abuse lawyers with your loved one’s case
Trust the reliable law practice of Taylor & Ring to provide compassionate and comprehensive representation of your loved one’s interests. Call us today at 310-776-6390 or fill out our contact form to secure our knowledgeable services. We put your needs first and pride ourselves on providing each client with a high level of legal representation.
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