Los Angeles Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
We Stand Up for Severely Injured Nursing Home Residents
At the Los Angeles law firm of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we believe that nursing home residents should always receive the most professional care possible. The unfortunate reality is that 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 vulnerable residents. Some staff members may fail to provide proper care or may even intentionally harm residents. The vulnerable people in their care can face permanent and life-threatening problems as a result.
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 (310) 576-1200 or contact us online to discuss your legal options.
Millions of Dollars in Recovery 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 multimillion-dollar judgments for our severely injured clients. We are willing to stand up for our clients’ right to full compensation from at-fault parties. This is true whether the liable party is an individual, a government agency, or a large corporation.
Many cases of nursing home abuse and neglect occur because facilities fail to comply with state nursing home regulations. By representing victims, our firm seeks to hold nursing homes accountable for violations and prevent future injuries to residents. Our lawyers strive to serve as leaders in safety and injury-prevention initiatives in California and throughout the United States.
Why Our Firm Is Different
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. Doing so could expose violations, resulting in significant penalties from California regulators, and tarnish the nursing home’s reputation. Most people are not likely to choose a nursing home with a known record of abuse and neglect.
For all of these reasons, nursing home companies can present formidable opposition in legal cases. 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. The legal team at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, has done just that. The following are only some reasons why we may have the upper hand in settlement negotiations and court:
- We have used 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 handle cases involving catastrophic and fatal injuries and know how to calculate extensive damages for medical costs and pain and suffering.
- We have drawn on a network of respected experts who have testified to the nature and severity of our clients’ injuries, as well as their 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.
- We regularly receive statewide and nationwide recognition for our success, leading our future opponents to always take our claims seriously.
- We have obtained more million dollar verdicts and settlements than any other law firm in California.
After a serious or fatal injury, the law firm of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, is ready to help. We take on the most difficult cases because we have confidence in our ability to succeed for severely injured clients. Nursing homes regularly try to cover up neglect and abuse, and we do what we can to ensure justice and compensation for injured victims.
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.
Help for Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Abuse Victims
While no one wants a parent or another loved one to move into a nursing home or long-term care facility, sometimes it is unavoidable. If loved ones 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.
Many family members take care in selecting a nursing home for a loved one, and they take solace in believing the facility has a team of professional staff members to provide the care that residents need. If your loved ones experience emergencies, you should expect them to receive the necessary immediate medical care, and you should trust your loved ones are living in a safe place. 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. Stay alert to the signs of nursing home abuse and take action if you believe your loved one suffered harm.
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 offers many other rights to people in long-term care facilities and nursing homes. If the nursing facility has violated these rights, the nursing home 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 shelter, 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 down, resulting in a spinal cord injury and paralysis
- 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 hypethermia or hypothermia
- Neglect leads to untreated and severe bed sores, which cause intolerable pain, permanent damage to the skin, or a life-threatening infection
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 might not give staff members all of the information they need to do their jobs correctly. As a result, staff can end up hurting residents. Helping residents in or out of bed without the proper support, for example, can result in them falling and shattering hips or vertebrae.
- Hiring unqualified 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 having insufficient staff on duty to take care of all residents.
- 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 dollars and cents. In cases of nursing home abuse, such losses often stem from the 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 losses, many of which drastically reduce their quality of life, and that victims deserve compensation for such losses. For example, you or your loved one might recover damages 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 in nature, and are intended to put you in the position you would occupy had no nursing home abuse ever occurred.
Punitive damages are different. These damages punish the nursing home in the hope of deterring it from allowing future neglect or abuse. A nursing home victim may still receive punitive damages, however, and our lawyers can identify whether such damages are available in the cases they take. To obtain punitive damages, particularly egregious behavior must have occurred, such as the nursing home or its employees acting with malice.
Has Your Loved One Suffered Severe Injuries? Contact Our Los Angeles Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys as Soon as Possible
The legal team at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, handles the most complex nursing home neglect cases. We are well-known and well-respected throughout California as a firm with a reputation for excellence both inside and outside of the courtroom. Our lawyers have the skills and resources to fully litigate all of our nursing home abuse cases and ensure that our clients receive the largest recovery possible.
The lawyers at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, also believe we can make a difference with our work. Most nursing home abuse results from failures in hiring or monitoring at a facility. This means that hundreds of others could continue to suffer neglect or abuse. Our work helps ensure that the facility remedies its organizational failures and stops a pattern of neglect that could hurt future residents.
If you suspect that a loved one suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call (310) 576-1200. Our personal injury lawyers handle nursing home abuse cases throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Irvine, and Orange County. Call for your free case evaluation today to learn more.