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At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, our seasoned team of professionals have over 100 years of combined legal experience handling complex legal matters.

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
  • Surgeries
  • 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.

  • Best Law Firms by US News
    Best Law Firms by US News

    Named in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms,” Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP ranks as Tier 1 Personal Injury and Product Liability firm in Los Angeles.

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
    Consumer Attorneys of California

    Many firm members have been honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California, including Browne Greene, Christine Spagnoli, and Bruce Broillet, recipients of the Marvin E. Lewis Award. In addition, attorneys Bruce Broillet, Scott Carr, Molly McKibben, and Tobin Lanzetta has been honored with the Consumer Attorney of the Year Award.

  • LACBA
    LACBA

    All of our attorneys are proud to be active members of the Los Angeles County Bar Association or LACBA.

  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    The Inner Circle of Advocates

    Founding partners Browne Greene and Bruce A. Broillet are both members of the exclusive invite-only Inner Circle of Advocates, as two of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in America.

  • Best Lawyers
    Best Lawyers

    No fewer than 11 of our attorneys have been selected to Best Lawyers® after an extensive peer review process.

  • Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019
    Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019

    Our attorneys were featured in TopVerdict for having one of the Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019, with $15 million won for the plaintiff in Keck v. Bel-Air Bay Club.

  • Super Lawyers®
    Super Lawyers®

    Our firm has more attorneys on the Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists than any other law firm in Southern California, with 15 members selected.

  • Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019
    Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019

    After winning $2.6 million for the plaintiff’s side in a head-on collision case, our victory was named in the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019 by TopVerdict.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    Several of our partners are members in the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national invite-only association consisting of the most experienced trial lawyers.

  • WLALA
    WLALA

    Firm partners Christine D. Spagnoli and Molly McKibben have both been honored by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and are active members.

  • CAALA
    CAALA

    Several partners are active members in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, with attorneys Browne Greene, Bruce Broillet, and Christine Spagnoli named “Trial Lawyer of the Year."

  • Top 100 Settlements in California in 2019
    Top 100 Settlements in California in 2019

    Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, was featured by TopVerdict in the Top 100 Settlements across all practice areas in California for 2019.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Bruce A. Broillet and Christine D. Spagnoli are Fellows with the invite-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a group of elite trial lawyers from over 30 countries.

  • International Society of Barristers
    International Society of Barristers

    Our team includes several Fellows and Associates with the invite-only International Society of Barristers in recognition of their trial advocacy.

  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
    America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

    As a member of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, founding partner Bruce Broillet joins a select group of California lawyers. Only 0.5% of active attorneys in the United States receive this honor.

  • Lawdragon
    Lawdragon

    Lawdragon has selected five of our firm’s attorneys to the 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers list.

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    American College of Trial Lawyers

    A preeminent trial lawyers’ organization in North America, the American College of Trial Lawyers have elected firm partners Bruce Broillet, Mark Quigley, and Geoffrey Wells as Fellows.

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