Nursing Home Residents at Risk of Abuse and Neglect
When Quality Care Loses Out to the Bottom Line
Nursing home abuse is a serious danger to seniors in nursing homes here in Marin County and throughout California. While some are well cared for, many are not, and the results of abuse and neglect can be deadly. Studies indicate patients abused in nursing homes have a 300 percent greater chance of death in the 3 years following the abuse than those who are not abused. Up to 1 in 6 nursing home residents may be victims of abuse or neglect every year. The Marin nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent nursing home residents and their families against those responsible for such abuse or neglect. If you or someone you know is suffering from nursing home abuse in San Francisco or elsewhere in California, call the nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669, and we can help.
Our lawyers believe nursing home owners, administrators, and staff should be held accountable for any neglect or abuse that results in injury. Neglect and abuse often arise from understaffing and other cost-cutting practices. Owners may drain cash from the homes, constraining resources to provide operating capital for needed services. Our lawyers know how to investigate these cases and sue the responsible parties for all remedies available to victims and their families.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, visit as often as you can and monitor the care your loved one receives. Watch for signs of possible abuse or neglect:
- Bedsores/pressure ulcers or other poor skin conditions;
- Bruises and scratch marks;
- Poor physical appearance or lack of cleanliness;
- Frequent infections;
- Injuries from wandering off unsupervised (known as elopement);
- Indication of sexual assault, rape, or battery;
- Lack of equipment and supplies;
- Rapid weight loss;
- Abnormal or withdrawn behavior and unusual silence;
- Prolonged sleep or drowsiness;
- Agitation especially when certain caregivers are present or caregivers who do not want the patient to be alone with others;
- Reluctance to speak when staff is nearby;
- Unsanitary and unclean conditions, soiled bed linens and clothes;
- Fear of being touched.
You know your loved one best and other observations may concern you. If you suspect abuse or neglect, do something about it immediately. Notify the nursing home administrator who is required by law to report the situation to the authorities. And call qualified counsel like the nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm to help you.
If you or a loved one is or has been the victim of nursing home abuse in Marin County or elsewhere in California, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other nursing home abuse attorneys at the Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org</a>. We can help guide your case through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, qui tam and whistleblower law, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.