San Francisco Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

San Francisco Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Ready to Handle Sensitive, High-Stakes Lawsuits

You are probably feeling at a loss of what to do once you learn that your elderly loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Please remember that you can take care of yourself and take legal action at the same time with the help of Lanzone Morgan in San Francisco. Our nursing home abuse lawyers are entirely dedicated to this practice area, so we are never distracted by anything else. We can give your case our full attention and resources, so you and your loved one can more confidently pursue justice and fair compensation from the negligent nursing home facility or company.

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Find out how we can help with your San Francisco nursing home abuse lawsuit. Dial (562) 512-5505.

What is Nursing Home Abuse?

When an elderly person in a nursing home or assisted living facility is intentionally subjected to abuse or harm, it can be considered nursing home abuse that justifies a lawsuit. When unintentional actions or the absence of necessary actions allow an elderly nursing home resident to fall to harm, it can be considered nursing home neglect. Both abuse and neglect are unacceptable and can be extremely dangerous or even fatal depending on the circumstances.

Different Nursing Home Abuse Cases

With our intentional focus on nursing home abuse cases, Lanzone Morgan is ready to take on any claim or lawsuit that you can bring us. Throughout our decades of collective legal experience, we have seen all sorts of nursing home abuse and negligence cases. We have also filed against defendants of all sizes. Trust us to handle your case, too, no matter what harm has come to your elderly loved one.

We can work on nursing home abuse cases that involve:

  • Amputations: A severe injury or infection might require a medical amputation, especially for elders with autoimmune system deficiencies. Nursing home facilities with medically-trained staff members should reasonably be able to prevent the need for medical amputations. If one is required, then it might have been caused by negligent medical care.
  • Bedsores: Bedsores can form when someone lies in bed for hours or days with minimal movement or shifting. Nursing home caretakers should move or reposition elderly residents who must stay in bed most of the time, which helps prevent bedsores from forming.
  • Dehydration and malnutrition: Even when a nursing home resident resists eating and drinking, perhaps due to a mental health difficulty, caretakers are still required to ensure that they get the nutrients needed to be healthy.
  • Elopement: If an elder with cognitive difficulties or memory issues is left alone, they can elope or wander throughout or away from the nursing home without supervision. It is completely unacceptable to ever allow a nursing home resident to elope, especially since elopement can result in serious injuries.
  • Fractures: Sometimes, an elder will trip and fall, suffering a fracture. When falls become so common that an elder suffers multiple fractures, though, it can indicate that the nursing home has not been designed well enough to prevent falls.
  • Sepsis: If an infection is untreated, it can contaminate the blood, resulting in a serious health risk called sepsis. Even nursing homes without on-staff nurses should reasonably be able to prevent sepsis by monitoring the health of injured or ill residents and requesting medical assistance when necessary.
  • Sexual abuse: There is no excuse for sexual abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. We can fight to hold a nursing home accountable for allowing such an unthinkable crime to happen even once within its walls.

Looking for Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Elders can struggle with communication due to memory or health problems, which makes it difficult for them to report that they are being abused or neglected. Other elders might be too afraid to speak up because they don’t want to be punished for it.

If you visit or speak with an elderly loved one in a San Francisco nursing home often, then you might be the first person who can notice and report abuse. Pay attention to signs that something is wrong whenever you interact with them.

Subtle signs of nursing home abuse or neglect can include:

  • Being afraid around a specific caretaker or another resident.
  • Unexplained cuts and bruises, especially if they are common.
  • Multiple or serious bone fractures like hip fractures.
  • Signs of malnourishment or dehydration.
  • Unclean living spaces or bedding.
  • Bedsores or other signs of longstanding neglect.
  • Missing finances or odd financial changes.
  • And much more.

Remember that nursing home abuse and neglect can be physical, mental, financial, emotional, social, or sexual. If you spot an indication of any type of abuse, report it to the California Department of Public Health. The investigation that this agency can begin might be crucial to building your claim.

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

Nursing Home Negligence That Leads to Abuse

Nursing home abuse and negligence might seem like something that just individual perpetrators carry out. However, investigations will usually reveal that the root of the issue lies with poor management and supervision at the nursing home. For this reason, when we file a nursing home abuse lawsuit, it will be against the facility and parent company that took one or many negligent steps to enable such harmful behavior and actions.

Nursing home companies and management can enable abuse or neglect by:

  • Failing to run background checks on new hires.
  • Ignoring or discarding resident reports of abuse.
  • Not hiring any security or medical staff members.
  • Assigning too many residents to each caretaker.

Ask Us About Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits Today

Please don’t think you’re alone in the fight to protect the health and rights of your elderly loved one. Our San Francisco nursing home abuse attorneys of Lanzone Morgan are only a phone call away.

Dial (562) 512-5505 at any time to speak with us about what happened during a completely free and confidential case evaluation.

San Francisco Nursing Home Abuse FAQ

Who is vulnerable to nursing home abuse or neglect?

Elders with mental and physical disabilities or difficulties are the most vulnerable to nursing home abuse and neglect. Many elders who are sexually abused in nursing home centers have dementia or another cognitive disability.

What is a nursing home ombudsman?

A nursing home ombudsman, also called a long-term care ombudsman, is tasked with overseeing resident complaints and concerns at a nursing home or assisted living facility. When we start a nursing home abuse lawsuit, we can connect with the ombudsman to see if they already have information that can help our investigation.

Are criminal investigations necessary before a nursing home abuse lawsuit?

You can file a nursing home abuse claim or lawsuit against any nursing home that has enabled or harbored abusers, or that has allowed negligent caretaking procedures. No criminal investigation or charges are necessary to start a civil claim.

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