Nursing Home Residents at Risk of Abuse and Neglect
Statistics reflecting incidents of abuse of elderly persons in nursing homes and other care facilities are staggering and sad. At the broadest level, more than 2 million cases of elder abuse are reported every year in this country, and too much of that abuse occurs in nursing homes and care facilities. While some nursing home residents are well cared for, many are not, and the results of abuse and neglect can be deadly. Elderly 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 according to studies. The Marin nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent nursing home residents and their families against nursing homes and other care facilities and their owners, administrators and staff responsible for such abuse or neglect. If you or someone you know is suffering from nursing home abuse in Marin County or elsewhere in California, call the nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669, and we can help.
Family members and loved ones often lack the resources, time or skills required to care for older individuals who are infirm or require special medical attention. Their only choice is to delegate that care to a skilled nursing facility. When those institutions assume the responsibility of caring for a resident, a trust relationship is created between the facility, the elderly resident, and his or her family. When that trust relationship is broken, the elderly individual and his or her family have a right to sue the care facility to recover damages for injuries. Our lawyers can represent you to recover all damages available under California law including in certain cases awards of attorneys’ fees and costs for bringing your action. Calif. Welf. & Inst. Code § 15657 et seq.
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- Abnormal or withdrawn behavior and unusual silence;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. You should report elder and dependent adult abuse, including nursing home abuse, to your local police department, Adult Protective Services and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s office. Marin Adult Protective Services and Health & Human Services offer information about reporting nursing home abuse and other elder abuse at https://www.marinhhs.org/adult-protective-services. In addition to reporting abuse to the authorities, call qualified counsel like the nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm to help you and the victim obtain all available remedies under California law from those responsible.
If you or a loved one is or has been the victim of nursing home abuse in Marin or elsewhere in California, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other Marin nursing home abuse attorneys at the Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</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.