Nursing Home Negligence
As Americans age, more people are unable to care for themselves in this later stage of life. In those situations, some people turn to a nursing home to provide the care that their loved ones need. Yet some of these well-intentioned people end up sending their loved ones into a negligent or even abusive situation without knowing it! Studies show that one out of seven elderly individuals is abused or neglected in some way, often in a nursing home. We trust these facilities to care for our elderly, not cause them more harm.
If you suspect that a loved one has been abused or being abused in a nursing home facility, you should immediately notify the authority. You should also consult with an experienced attorney who specifically handles nursing home abuse. At the Nourmand Law Firm, we understand how vulnerable the elderly are and they are less able to defend themselves, especially those who are victims of nursing home abuse. We have the knowledge and experience to fight to protect their legal rights and help them obtain the compensation they deserve.The Obligations of Nursing Homes Under California Law
California has over 100,000 elderly residents in nursing homes. The California legislature has enacted certain laws and regulations to ensure the safety and rights of these elderly people. In addition, at the federal level, the Nursing Home Reform Act was passed in 1987, which states that any nursing home with more than 120 beds has to have a full time social worker on staff.
A nursing care facility is required under state law to care for residents in a way and in an environment that will maintain or enhance the elderly residents’ quality of life. Also, the facility must provide activities and services to maintain the highest possible well being of the person. Furthermore, the facility must regularly conduct total assessments that identify the ability of their residents to perform daily essential functions, as well as indentify any serious physical or mental issues.
If you believe that the facility who is caring for your loved one has violated a certain law or failed to provide the level of care that your elderly loved one deserves, the legal team at the Nourmand Law Firm may be able to help.Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Abuse and neglect in a nursing home can occur in many ways, including:
- Severe bedsores that are untreated
- Falls with serious harm – broken hips, knees, head injuries
- Dehydration and malnutrition, which can lead to organ failure
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Sepsis, which can be caused by neglect
- Wandering, which can lead to injury or death
The signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse of neglect can be easily overlooked. As such, if you suspect that your loved one has been subject to abuse or neglect while in a nursing care facility, it is imperative that you immediately notify the authorities and consult with an experienced attorney.Personal Injury Attorneys To Trust
The legal team at the Nourmand Law Firm has the knowledge, experience and financial resources to help you and your elderly loved one obtain compensation against a negligent nursing home facility. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call us at (310) 553-3600 or contact us online.