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Mar 19, 2019 by |

San Francisco and California Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys: Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

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Nursing Home Residents at Risk of Abuse and Neglect

When Nursing Home Staff Abuses Patients

Nursing home abuse is a serious danger to seniors in nursing homes here in San Francisco and throughout California. 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.  Sadly, nursing home caregivers and other employees are often the abusers.  In one recent case,[1] a nursing home employee was arrested on charges of criminal elder abuse of five nursing home residents, one of whom was 92-years-old.  The San Francisco nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent nursing home residents and their families against any persons or entities 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 individual staff members should be held accountable for any neglect or abuse that results in injury. Damages include:

  • Economic damages where an actual cost has been absorbed such as medical expenses, loss of income, and specialist fees including an award of attorneys’ fees and costs in litigating the case.
  • Non-economic damages such as emotional trauma, pain, suffering, and loss of a loved one.
  • Punitive damages that are awarded as punishment against the defendant and also meant to deter other nursing homes and staff from committing similar neglect or abuse.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

     

    Spotting Abuse

    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;
  • Falls;
  • Injuries from wandering off unsupervised (known as elopement);
  • Indication of sexual assault, rape, or battery;
  • Lack of equipment and supplies;
  • Overmedication;
  • Rapid weight loss;
  • Dehydration;
  • 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 can 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. The City and County of San Francisco Human Services Agency has more information about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at: https://www.sfhsa.org/services/access-empowerment/long-term-care-ombudsman-program. 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. 

Contact Us

If you or a loved one is or has been the victim of nursing home abuse in San Francisco 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:info@evanslaw.com”>info@evanslaw.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.

[1] Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case in any way.

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