Nursing Home Neglect
Looking for Signs of Neglect
Nearly 1.4 million Americans reside in skilled nursing facilities. The majority of patients require daily assistance with bathing, eating, dressing and mobility. Sadly, caregivers and nursing home staffs often neglect patients due to understaffing, lack of training, negligent or reckless conduct, or other causes. The California nursing home abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. understand what can go wrong when nursing home residents are abandoned, neglected or abused. Dangers include bed sores/pressure ulcers or wounds, dehydration, infection, malnutrition, and overmedication in order to keep patients too out of it to ask for help. Many of these complications can lead to serious injury or death. If you or someone you know is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect here 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.
If your loved one is in a nursing home, visit often and look for signs of any mistreatment or neglect:
- Bedsores/pressure ulcers or other poor skin conditions;
- Bruises and scratch marks;
- Indication of sexual assault or battery;
- Elopement or wandering off;
- Rapid weight loss;
- Abnormal or withdrawn behavior and unusual silence;
- Prolonged sleep or drowsiness;
- Agitation especially when certain caregivers are present;
- Reluctance to speak when staff is nearby;
- Unsanitary and unclean conditions;
- Fear of being touched.
If you suspect abuse, do something about it immediately. Notify the administrator who is required to report the situation to the authorities. Also reach out to counsel such as the California nursing home lawyers at Evans Law Firm. Our lawyers investigate claims of neglect or abuse and analyze a home’s policies and procedures and State and federal obligations to determine what went wrong when a patient is abused or neglected and who at the nursing home is responsible. Our litigators pursue all remedies available to victims. Those remedies include economic damages and damages for pain and suffering, extra damages in certain circumstances, and awards of attorneys’ fees and costs to the victim. California leads the nation in remedies for elder abuse and our attorneys know how best to pursue those remedies through litigation.
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 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.