Long Beach Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Long Beach Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Your Loved One Deserves the Best Care

If you arrange to have an elderly loved one live at a nursing home facility, then you should both be able to expect the best care there. Yet thousands of incidents of nursing home abuse are filed across the country every year. Sometimes, it can feel difficult to find a nursing home without a record of abuse. What are you supposed to do if you find out that your elderly loved one has been abused at the nursing home facility that you both once trusted?

To begin, call (562) 512-5505 and connect with Lanzone Morgan in Long Beach, California. We focus entirely on nursing home abuse claims and lawsuits. By not taking away any of our time for other practice areas, we have quickly become one of the state’s most trusted law firms for nursing home abuse cases.

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What is Nursing Home Abuse?

Nursing home abuse occurs when an elderly person living in a nursing home facility is subjected to intentional harm or abuse, either by staff members or other residents. It is a form of elder abuse, but it specifically occurs in nursing home settings. Neglect that causes harm is also considered a form of nursing home abuse, especially when it causes serious injury to an elderly nursing home resident.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse can take many different forms, which can make it difficult to understand and prevent. Lanzone Morgan has extensive experience focused specifically on nursing home abuse cases in Long Beach and the surrounding area. As such, we know about the many different forms of nursing home abuse, how to investigate them, and how to bring a claim or lawsuit after they occur.

Lanzone Morgan focuses on nursing home abuse cases that involve:

  • Bedsores: Bedsores can form when a bedridden elder is not provided regular attention and is not repositioned in bed often enough. Bedsores are one of the most dangerous outcomes of nursing home neglect.
  • Fractures: We can investigate cases in which an elder has suffered a bone fracture without explanation. The injury might have been caused by someone attacking the elder, or due to a lack of safety precautions that led to them falling while unattended.
  • Amputations: Severe injuries at nursing homes can sometimes lead to medical amputations due to healing complications commonly experienced by elderly people. Let us know immediately if your elderly loved one suffered an amputation at a nursing home for any reason.
  • Sepsis: Untreated infections and injuries can lead to sepsis, an unsafe immune system response that causes inflammation throughout the body and, possibly, organ failure. Sepsis cases in a nursing home often indicate a dangerous lack of medical oversight at the facility.
  • Dehydration and malnutrition: We have worked on many nursing home abuse and neglect cases that involved an elderly resident who was dehydrated and/or malnourished. Under no circumstances is it acceptable for a nursing home to allow an elder to suffer dehydration or malnutrition, even when the elder does not want to eat regular meals.
  • Elopement: When an elderly nursing home resident is not provided attention and supervision, the risk of elopement will go up significantly. Elopement involves the elder wandering off without supervision, which can place them in incredibly dangerous situations.
  • Sexual abuse: Lanzone Morgan is a trusted name for legal counsel after an elder has been sexually abused or violated in a nursing home. We know how to demand justice and compensation while handling the case with respect and sensitivity.

Subtle Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

You must pay attention to the subtle signs of nursing home abuse. Many elders who have been abused are afraid to speak up and seek help. Others do not know to seek help because memory problems make them unaware that the abuse has happened or that it was a problem.

Subtle signs of nursing home abuse can include:

  • Fear around a specific person
  • Unexplained cuts and bruises
  • Serious fractures
  • Signs of malnourishment
  • Unclean living conditions
  • And much more

Report any signs of nursing home abuse to the California Department of Public Health. This agency might begin an investigation into the situation, which can benefit us as we build your claim. After you contact the California Department of Public Health, dial (562) 512-5505 to let us know what is going on, so we can see if civil action should follow.

If your elderly loved one is at immediate risk of physical abuse, then you should call the authorities first.

Causes of Nursing Home Abuse

What causes nursing home abuse? It is easy to blame aggressive and unsupervised caretakers who lash out against vulnerable elders. However, the root cause of nursing home abuse is usually much deeper and broader. An investigation may uncover that the nursing home is liable for the abuse due to a string of negligent decisions that enabled it or failed to prevent it.

Nursing home negligence that can cause or lead to abuse includes:

  • Failing to run background checks on caretakers
  • Keeping an unsafe resident-to-caretaker ratio
  • Ignoring signs or reports of abuse from residents
  • Not hiring security officers

Depend on Us – Call Today

Lanzone Morgan in Long Beach should be your first choice of legal counsel for a nursing home abuse claim. We are always ready to investigate client claims and bring serious legal fights to negligent and abusive nursing homes. With our 100% focus on this practice area, you know that you can count on us when it really matters.

Get a FREE, confidential consultation with our Long Beach nursing home abuse lawyers.

Long Beach Nursing Home Abuse FAQ

Are some people in nursing homes more vulnerable than others?

Elders with physical and mental impairments are more vulnerable to abuse than others. An inordinate number of residents with dementia are subjected to abuse, especially sexual abuse.

What is an ombudsman at a nursing home?

A nursing home ombudsman is in charge of handling complaints against the nursing home and trying to resolve the complaints for the families. If the ombudsman is unable to resolve your problem, call us. We may be able to help.

Can I file a claim if no criminal charges were filed for nursing home abuse?

You can pursue a nursing home abuse claim without anyone being criminally charged for the abuse. The civil court is separate from the criminal court, and neither one depends on the other for case legitimacy.

    Lanzone Morgan LLP Team has been a light for my family in a time when there was so much darkness. The professionalism with compassion made a very difficult time easier to deal with.

    - Joycelyn J.

    This firm was empathetic, informative, and patient with my family and me during the entire litigation. With their help, we received a fair settlement from the memory care facility and most importantly brought us a sense of justice and peace.

    - Stephen N.

    They took the time to make sure the nursing home did not get away with neglecting my loved one. Thank you Lanzone Morgan for everything you have done and for bringing closure to my family.

    - Lisa

    We were in extremely capable hands. Lanzone Morgan did an extraordinary job. The attorneys handling our case demonstrated passion for what they did and always kept an exceedingly positive attitude despite working on a very tough and emotional case.

    - Erica M.

    Lanzone and Morgan renewed my faith in the legal profession and represented me and my family with dignity and professionalism during a very difficult time.

    - Jill

    During what was a very difficult time regarding my Mother’s lack of proper care and treatment in a nursing home, the Lanzone Morgan team provided the empathy, compassion, and support one would receive from their own family.

    - Troy

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