Nursing Home Abuse

California Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

What Is Nursing Home Abuse?

“Nursing home abuse” is a term used to refer to all types of elder abuse and neglect by professional caregivers, including both individuals and facilities. Abuse and neglect include any level of treatment or care that falls below the “standard of acceptable care.”

Nursing homes and other assisted living facilities are required to provide residents with a certain level of treatment. This is known as the “standard of acceptable care,” and it refers to the level of care one could reasonably expect another qualified caregiver, nursing home, or facility to provide in the same or similar circumstances.

Nursing Home Neglect in California

When an elderly individual enters a nursing home, they and their loved ones can reasonably expect the nursing home staff to provide for the elderly individual’s basic:

  • Nutrition
  • Hygiene
  • Medical needs
  • As well as their overall health, safety, and wellbeing

If the nursing home fails to do this, or if a specific caregiver causes intentional injury or emotional harm to the elderly resident, the standard of acceptable care has not been met and can be considered to be nursing home abuse.

Continue reading to learn more about filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit, or contact us directly for a free, confidential consultation with a member of our team: (562) 512-5505.

Examples of Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes

Nursing home abuse takes many forms, but the main types include:

  • Physical Abuse: Any form of physical contact that causes injury, whether intentional or unintentional, may be considered physical abuse. This includes pinching, hitting, slapping, forcefully grabbing, pushing, shoving, punching, physical restraint, etc.
  • Emotional/Mental Abuse: Emotional/mental abuse includes yelling, swearing, belittling, humiliating, name-calling, patronizing, embarrassing, dismissing, insulting, and other attempts to isolate, control, or manipulate an individual.
  • Neglect: Neglect is a form of abuse in which an individual’s basic care needs are not met. Examples include failing to assist with hygienic needs, failing to care for nutritional/physical health, failing to provide for medical needs, and failing to protect against safety hazards.
  • Abandonment: Similar to neglect, abandonment occurs when an individual is intentionally deserted by someone who is responsible for the individual’s care. Elder abandonment can also include discharging an elderly individual from a facility without ensuring their future care.
  • Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse refers to any unwanted or nonconsensual sexual contact, including sexual contact with someone incapable of giving consent. Examples include groping, sexual assault, rape, and other forms of unwanted/non-consensual sexual touching.
  • Financial Abuse: Financial abuse occurs when one individual takes, steals, or retains another’s personal property without the other person’s knowledge or consent. Nursing home financial abuse often occurs when caregivers take advantage of older and/or incapacitated individuals.

For additional examples of abuse in nursing homes, reach out to our firm to get your free consultation with our nursing home abuse lawyers!

If your elderly loved one has been subjected to any form of abuse or neglect at the hands of a trusted caregiver, Lanzone Morgan can help you fight for justice. We firmly believe that nursing homes and other assisted living facilities should be held accountable when their staff fails to provide residents with the proper level of care.

Our nursing home abuse attorneys have successfully represented hundreds of families throughout California and Arizona, and we are ready to fight for you.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Although we trust nursing homes and other facilities to provide our loved ones with the highest level of treatment and care, it is still important to know the signs of elder abuse and neglect. Elderly individuals are incapable of or unwilling to speak up about abuse. Often, it is up to family members and loved ones to notice, report, and put a stop to nursing home abuse and neglect.

Just as there are many types of nursing home abuse, there are many signs of elder abuse and neglect. Some of the most common include:

  • Unexplained injuries, such as bruises, cuts, and scrapes
  • Falls and fractures, including broken hips
  • Advanced bedsores/pressure sores
  • Dehydration and/or malnutrition
  • Poor personal hygiene, including poor oral health
  • Signs of physical restraint, such as marks on the ankles or wrists
  • Medication issues, including overdose, incorrect medication, and other errors
  • Injuries to the genitals, new sexually transmitted infections, and other signs of sexual abuse
  • Dirty or soiled clothing or bedsheets and general uncleanliness
  • Unusual changes in an elderly individual’s mood or behavior, such as bouts of crying
  • Increased or new irritability, anxiety, depression, or mood swings
  • Apparent fear or unwillingness to be in the presence of a specific caregiver
  • Facility staff preventing family members from being alone with elderly residents
  • Discharge from a facility without informing family members or loved ones
  • Elopement and/or wandering
  • Unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts or bounced checks
  • Changes to an elderly individual’s will, power of attorney, or similar documents

In general, if you feel that something is wrong, it is always better to err on the side of caution. You should report all suspected elder abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities. If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call 911. You can also report elder abuse to local law enforcement by calling the non-emergency number for your area or by calling California Adult Protective Services (APS). For more information on nursing home abuse, visit the CA APS website here.

How to Help Prevent Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes?

Ensuring your loved ones aren't abused while in a nursing home is a very important, but complicated, endeavor. A few ways you can help to prevent nursing home abuse are:

  • Know what medications your loved one is prescribed and why.
  • Keep in touch and check in regularly.
  • Watch for changes in your loved one's demeanor/mood.
  • Encourage your loved one to take part in social interactions or join groups.

Elder Abuse & Neglect in Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities

Making the choice to place an elderly loved one in the care of a nursing facility or assisted living facility is a difficult but often necessary one. We expect professional caregivers to provide our loved ones with a high level of treatment, consideration, and respect. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

Learning that an elderly loved one has been subjected to abuse or neglect while under the supervision of an in-home caregiver, nursing home, adult day care, or similar assisted living facility is devastating. You may be wondering what options you have and how you can make sure the person or facility responsible for the abuse is held responsible.

Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

At Lanzone Morgan, we understand what you and your family are going through, and we can help. Our California nursing home abuse attorneys are here to help you fight for the justice you deserve. We can assist you in filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim, allowing you to seek fair financial compensation for both economic and non-economic losses, such as medical bills and pain and suffering, associated with the abuse or neglect.

There are no legal fees for you unless we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf. Call (562) 512-5505 or contact us online today to get started with a free initial consultation with our nursing home abuse lawyers.

How Lanzone Morgan Can Help

We are one of the original elder abuse and nursing home neglect law firms in California, meaning we have the experience and reputation to effectively advocate for you and your family. We understand just how devastating nursing home abuse is, both for victims and their loved ones. Because of this, we take the time to truly get to know our clients; we listen to their stories and share how we can help during completely free, confidential consultations. As your legal team, we will handle every detail—from gathering important evidence to reporting the abuse to communicating with the nursing home or insurance company on your behalf. If necessary, we are fully prepared to represent you at trial.

Our California nursing home abuse lawyers offer highly personalized, empathetic legal counsel from the moment you call until the moment your case is resolved. We are responsible and accessible, available to answer your questions and address your concerns whenever you need us most.

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