Los Angeles Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence Attorneys
We Stand Up for Severely Injured Nursing Home Residents
We believe nursing home residents should always receive the most professional care possible. The unfortunate reality is too many nursing homes hire inexperienced employees and pay them low wages for long hours. Staff may not receive proper training and may easily become frustrated with the demands of providing constant care for high-need residents. Some may fail to provide proper care or may even intentionally harm residents. Elders in need of nursing home care are often already facing significant health problems, and neglect can threaten their lives.
Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, handles nursing home abuse cases throughout California and has the resources to successfully litigate elder abuse claims even against the largest nursing home chains. If you have a relative who suffered serious injuries due to neglect or abuse, call us at (866) 634-4525. Our firm is also handling cases involving preventable coronavirus deaths in nursing homes.
Help for Injured Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Residents
When our loved ones age, sometimes we cannot provide the extent of care they need. If they suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, need assistance moving around, or otherwise lose the capability to care for themselves, an assisted living facility may simply provide the best option. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.4 million residents live in about 15,600 nursing homes across the United States—1,220 of them in California, housing more than 102,000 residents. As a substantial portion of the population ages, these numbers will likely keep increasing.
Selecting a facility isn’t a quick decision; families take time doing their research to find a facility with a team of professional staff members to provide the care residents need. Family members should not have to fear that their relatives will suffer from preventable injuries.
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reports that 7 percent of complaints from nursing home residents alleged gross neglect or abuse. However, researchers also suspect that neglect and abuse cases are severely underreported.
Recognizing Nursing Home Abuse Cases
California’s Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act gives seniors the right to take legal action in cases of nursing home abuse. Federal law guarantees many other rights to people in long-term care facilities and nursing homes. If the nursing facility has violated these rights, its owners and manager should face legal responsibility. If you believe a nursing home has denied you or your loved one important rights and caused serious harm as a result, contact a nursing home abuse lawyer as soon as possible.
Abuse can take many forms, including:
- Neglect – Neglect can occur in many ways, including failing to provide necessary food or water, allowing unsanitary conditions that cause illnesses, failing to provide proper medical care, and denying other basic needs.
- Physical assault – Residents can suffer physical assaults by staff members or by other nursing home residents. This can include punching, kicking, pushing, throwing objects, restraining, and any other physical acts that cause injuries.
- Sexual assault – Staff members or other residents may also sexually assault nursing home residents. Such abuse can range from exposing sexual parts to unwanted touching and rape.
- Emotional abuse – Nursing home staff can sometimes try to exercise authority or punish residents with insults, humiliation, name-calling, threats, and other words and actions that cause emotional trauma.
Nursing home abuse and neglect can often result in devastating injuries to victims. Some examples of severe injuries from harm in nursing homes include:
- A medication error causes a resident to have a stroke, which leaves the resident unable to walk
- A staff member hits a resident in the head, causing severe brain trauma and a permanent vegetative state
- Medical staff fail to respond to a call button and a resident dies from a treatable medical emergency
- An unsupervised resident sexually assaults another resident, transmitting an untreatable sexually transmitted disease
- A staff member pushes a resident, who falls, injuring their spinal cord and becoming partially paralyzed
- A resident does not receive proper food and develops a serious illness from malnutrition
- Rooms are not heated or air-conditioned as needed, causing a resident to suffer hyperthermia or hypothermia
- Neglect leads to untreated and severe bedsores, which cause intolerable pain, permanent damage to the skin, or a life-threatening infection
Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse
To take legal action, a victim must prove the injuries occurred due to the negligence or wrongdoing of the nursing home or its employees. Examples of fault in abuse and neglect cases include:
- Inadequate training of staff members – Nursing homes may not give staff members all of the information they need to do their jobs correctly. As a result, staff can end up hurting residents accidentally. Helping residents in or out of bed without the proper support, for example, can result in them falling and shattering hips or vertebrae.
- Hiring unsafe staff members – A nursing home might not perform background checks or check references for new hires. If the staff member has a criminal background or past allegations of abuse, the nursing home may have engaged in negligent hiring.
- Inadequate staffing – A nursing home might try to cut corners by hiring fewer care staff, which means residents will not get the help they need.
- Staff drug abuse or alcohol addiction – If a staff member neglects duties because of drug use, the nursing home might face responsibility.
- Failure to provide adequate medical care – Based on the circumstances, a nursing home might need to order a particular course of treatment. If it fails to act appropriately, it may result in the negligent harm of a resident.
- Failure to supervise staff – If a nursing home fails to supervise staff members to prevent misconduct, it can bear responsibility for any abuse that results.
- Failure to provide adequate security – A nursing home may not adequately prevent residents or visitors to the facility from harming other residents.
- Failure to report abuse – The law requires that nursing homes report cases of abuse to prevent cover-ups.
Compensation for Nursing Home Injuries
If you suffer injuries due to negligence or wrongdoing, California law allows you to seek financial compensation for your injuries and related losses. Money cannot turn back time and prevent the abuse. Recovering compensation may, however, help restore your loved one’s health and dignity, hold nursing homes accountable for all pain and suffering caused, and perhaps inspire improvements in the nursing home industry.
Monetary damages generally fall into three categories.
Economic damages – Your loved one can receive financial compensation for losses that you can measure. In cases of nursing home abuse, such losses often stem from medical care—including past and ongoing care—needed to treat the abuse injuries, such as:
- Ambulance transportation
- Hospital stays
- Doctor visits
- Medical testing (CT scans, MRI tests, X-rays, blood work)
- Prescription medication
- Physical therapy
- Assistive devices, including wheelchairs
- Future medical care
- Costs of increased living assistance
Non-economic damages – California courts recognize that injury victims suffer non-monetary harms, many of which drastically reduce their quality of life, and that victims deserve compensation for these damages. For example, you or your loved one might be able to request compensation for:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, including depression, fear, grief, anxiety, and sleeplessness
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Permanent cognitive or physical impairments caused by injuries
Punitive damages – Economic and non-economic damages are compensatory and are intended to reimburse abuse victims so they can return to their life as it was before. Punitive damages are different. They punish the nursing home in the hope of deterring future neglect or abuse. Victims may be able to request these damages in cases where egregious behavior occurred, such as the nursing home or its employees acting with malice.
Millions of Dollars Recovered for Our Clients
Negligence or abuse by nursing home staff can cause catastrophic injuries from which residents may never recover. They may suffer extensive financial losses, as well as irreversible physical and mental harm. Our attorneys firmly believe that any victim of severe injuries due to nursing home abuse or neglect deserves full compensation—just like any other wrongfully injured individual.
Our legal team regularly fights for and obtains multi-million-dollar judgments for our severely injured clients. We are willing to stand up for our clients’ right to full compensation from at-fault parties. We want to help you hold nursing homes accountable for violations and prevent future injuries to residents.
If your relative was a victim of nursing home abuse, you need the right law firm handling your case. Nursing homes are highly unlikely to admit liability for neglect or abuse. They will fight back, sometimes with the help of large legal teams and a lot of funding.
Abuse victims need a law firm with the skill, experience, and resources to stand up to such opponents and successfully advocate for a victim’s rights. Our legal team at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, has done just that. We succeed because:
- We use investigators to discover the root of neglect and abuse, gather nursing home records, interview witnesses, and obtain other evidence to prove misconduct.
- We understand how to determine if the nursing home engaged in negligent hiring or supervision of staff members who engaged in misconduct.
- We know how to calculate extensive damages for medical costs and pain and suffering.
- We draw on a network of respected experts who can testify to the nature and severity of our clients’ injuries, as well as the associated pain and suffering.
- We have a thorough understanding of nursing home regulations and safety standards, so we can demonstrate when a nursing home fell below that standard or failed to comply with the law.
- We have compassion for our clients in the wake of their injuries and provide highly personalized representation and attention in every case.
If you suspect your loved ones suffered preventable injuries at a nursing home, you should first prioritize their safety. Once they are no longer at risk of further injuries, contact our law firm to discuss their rights and legal options with a skilled member of our legal team.
If you suspect a loved one suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call (866) 634-4525. Our personal injury lawyers handle nursing home abuse cases in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California.
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