When you’ve taken the difficult steps to select a nursing home for yourself or a loved one, you expect the facility to not only follow the law but to provide the highest quality of care. It’s a relationship founded on trust and when that trust is broken, and elder abuse has been committed, it can be an earth shattering experience for you and your family.
In assisted living facilities, abuse from nursing staff can come in the form of neglect, physical abuse, and/or mental abuse. The following lists are here to help you identify if you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse:
Neglect may include:
- Failure to change and/or clean linens or clothes
- Failure to monitor bladder and bowel issues
- Failure to dispense medications
- Failure to follow doctor orders
- Failure to help with hygiene when needed
- Filth and unsanitary conditions
- Inattentiveness leading to self-harm like trip/slip and falls, wandering, escape from home
- Physical abuse or suffering may include:
- Sexual abuse
- Assault and/or battery (the threat of violence or outright violence )
- Wrongful death (whether intended or through negligence)
- Bed or pressure sores
- Medical malpractice
- Unwarranted use of restraints
Mental abuse or suffering may include:
- Financial crimes
- Badgering or intimidation through yelling or inappropriate language
- Withholding of personal items or entertainment
- Unwarranted discipline
- Breaches of privacy
According to the National Council on Aging, 1 in 10 seniors suffer abuse and very few are reported. For additional information on elder abuse including warning signs, statistics, and effects, please see the National Council on Aging at https://www.ncoa.org/public-policyaction/elder-justice/elder-abuse-facts/.
When you see the signs and suspect you or a loved one has been the victim of abuse, you can count on The Dominguez Firm to help you in these difficult and trying times to put the pieces back together.
Our experienced elder abuse attorneys and staff are well versed in elder law. Our lawyers will not only provide the legal help to aid you or a loved one, but we as a firm will also provide the support and comfort that is so necessary in these types of cases. We all have elderly loved ones and will take your case to heart.
When these facilities break your trust you need a strong, vigilant firm to take them to task, hold them accountable, and fight for your rights. Residents who have been abused are often scared, ashamed, or embarrassed about coming forward to report such offenses or crimes. This is how they want you to feel and it is not right.
If you have any reason to believe or suspect abuse has been or is being committed, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation with one of our nursing home neglect and abuse lawyers with no obligation to you at all. We all need to come together to stop these horrific abuses from happening to the elderly. The only way to put an end to the abuse is to report these nursing homes and to take the fight to them in a court of law. (See the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform at http://canhr.org/factsheets/abuse_fs/html/fs_elderabuse.htm for additional information, including how to report abuses to the proper agencies.)
The Dominguez Firm is a proven powerhouse with unrivaled service and success record with 30 years of experience in the Greater Los Angeles and Southern California areas. The firm works on a NO RECOVERY, NO FEE, NO COSTS basis. This means that you do not pay unless you win. Our award-winning team of personal injury trial lawyers will fight for you! We may assist you at your home or hospital at a moment’s notice. If you or a loved has been the victim of nursing home or elderly abuse, call us 24/7 for a FREE CONSULTATION: 800-818-1818.