Nursing Home Abuse
Anyone who places an elderly parent or relative in a nursing home facility expects their loved one to be properly cared for; unfortunately, this is often not the case. The number of elderly individuals who are abused in nursing homes across the U.S. each year is staggering. As trusted Los Angeles nursing home abuse lawyers, we know that abuse takes many forms including physical, mental, and financial. Nursing home administrators and faculty must be held accountable when their negligence or abuse results in injury to innocent victims. If you are in such a situation, we urge you to contact The Justice Firm now.
Some of the most common signs that may indicate your loved one is being abused in a nursing home include malnutrition, pressure ulcers (bed sores), dehydration, dehydration, bruising, and broken bones. Those who are elderly are often threatened not to tell family members or anyone who visits what is going on. Many elderly people who live in nursing homes have dementia, Alzheimer's, or other mental conditions which may prevent them from being able to communicate what is happening to them. Unfortunately, those with mental conditions are often the victims because of their mental state.Types of Elder Abuse in Los Angeles Nursing Homes
As seasoned Orange County personal injury attorneys, we are highly familiar with the most common types of abuse and neglect in California's nursing homes today. Some patients are sexually abused or even exploited financially. Others are physically abused (hit, slapped) or abused verbally by employees and staff. While there are many nursing homes who adhere to strict standards and provide great care to the elderly, there are many others that intentionally abuse residents, or neglect such care as providing food, water, and hygiene aid.
Is your elderly loved one being abused? Look for these warning signs:
Withdrawal from activities your loved one usually enjoys, unusual changes in behavior or alertness. These symptoms may indicate emotional abuse.
Sexually transmitted diseases that cannot be explained, bruises in the genital or breast area. These symptoms may indicate sexual abuse.
Bad hygiene, dehydration, weight loss, medications not being given on schedule, bed sores. All of these symptoms indicate a neglect in proper care. Residents should be aided with bathing, given medicines on schedule, and turned regularly to prevent pressure ulcers.
Unusual bank withdrawals, trusts or wills that are altered, financial accounts suddenly decrease, strange checks written to someone at the nursing home - any of these may indicate financial exploitation or abuse.
Burns, blisters, bruising, pressure marks, any physical marks or injuries may indicate that an elderly one is being abused physically by staff.
If you notice anything unusual that makes you suspect your loved one is the victim of physical, emotional, financial, or sexual abuse or is being neglected, speak with administrators immediately. When you do not get satisfaction, consult with a capable and aggressive LA nursing home abuse attorney immediately.
Any resident of a nursing home is at risk for abuse, but women, those with mental conditions such as dementia, and "older" elders at are a higher risk.
Many nursing homes today are severely understaffed, and workers underpaid for the work they are expected to do. Employees work long hours, and some nursing homes do not take the time to ensure the workers they hire are properly trained. Bad management is another reason for nursing home abuse and neglect. Even those facilities that seem well managed, clean, and professional may present a facade that seems trustworthy, when it actually is not a decent facility that puts the welfare of resident first and foremost.Contact The Justice Firm now
Elder abuse, whether in a nursing home or other facility, can result in serious injuries or even death. Serious injuries require medical treatment; when an elderly individual dies as the result of abuse or neglect, costs can be substantial and may include medical, funeral, burial, and other costs. At The Justice Firm, we work vigorously on behalf of the families of elderly loved ones who are abused or neglected in the very facilities that claim to care and protect them, seeking the full damages you deserve. Contact us now at 310-914-2444.