San Diego Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
The skilled San Diego nursing home abuse lawyers at Bisnar Chase fight vigorously for the rights of elderly residents who do not receive the care they need and rightfully deserve.
Nursing homes that shortchange elderly, vulnerable residents in the quest for higher profit margins must be held accountable for their actions. If your loved one has been abused or neglected in a San Diego nursing home or if you beleive you have a wrongful death case caused by negligence, please contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Protecting the Elderly
If abuse is taking place at the San Diego facility where your loved one is living, there are steps you can take right away that will make a difference. If you are sure that physical or sexual abuse has taken place, you should call the police right away. If, however, you are concerned and do not have proof, you should discuss your concerns with the manager or administrator of the facility. File a report and make your voice heard. You can also discuss your legal options with a state ombudsman. If you wish to hold the facility accountable for nursing home neglect or abuse, it would be in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced lawyer.
Types of Abuse at Nursing Homes
Choosing the right San Diego nursing home is often stressful and frustrating. When you select a care facility for a loved one, you expect the employees who provide care to be professional, trained, attentive and kind. Unfortunately, we hear horror stories often about workers who physically, sexually, emotionally and financially abuse vulnerable, elderly residents. It is crucial that nursing home residents and their family members clearly understand their legal rights and options if they have been the victims of nursing home abuse or neglect.
As elders become weaker and more vulnerable, they are less likely to stand up to bullying or to even report wrongdoing. They may fear retaliation or simply be intimidated by their abusers. They may not be of sound mind and they are likely reliant on the care of others. Elderly nursing home residents can suffer significant injury or harm when they are subjected to neglect or abuse in a nursing home setting. Some of the most common forms of nursing home abuse include:
Physical abuse: Physical elder abuse is non-accidental use of force that results in physical pain and/or injuries. It is unacceptable under any circumstances to hit or shove patients. It is also a form of physical abuse to unnecessarily sedate patients with powerful drugs or bind them with restraints.
Emotional abuse: It may not leave a bruise, but emotional abuse can cause just as much damage as physical abuse. It is all too common for elderly patients to suffer emotional stress through intimidation, humiliation and habitual blaming. In other cases, elderly victims are ignored, isolated, confined or even threatened.
Sexual abuse: All unwanted sexual conduct is illegal and wrong. Sexual abuse may involve showing an elderly person pornographic material, forcing the patient to undress or asking them to perform sexual acts.
Financial abuse: Financial exploitation is the unauthorized use of an elderly person's funds. Examples of financial abuse include check forgery, credit card fraud, stealing for personal items such as jewelry or household good and modifying legal documents such as wills.
Neglect and abandonment: We expect nursing homes to provide quality care for our loved ones. Neglect is when there is a failure to fulfill a caretaking obligation. An example of neglect is when elderly patients are allowed to remain in soiled clothing or bedding for an extended period of time without care or attention. There are also cases in nursing homes where rooms are not properly maintained and residents do not receive proper nourishment.
Signs of Abuse
If your loved one has suffered from abuse at a San Diego nursing home, you may be able to hold that facility accountable for the wrongdoing that has occurred there. Unfortunately, proving liability could prove difficult if there is a cover-up already taking place. Has your loved one suffered an injury that is not on his or her medical records? That could be a sign that abuse is taking place. Other signs of physical abuse may include broken bones, sprains and dislocations. There may be marks on your loved one's wrist from the use of restraints or irregular amounts of missing medication that suggests your loved one was sedated.
There are many red flags for which loved ones can watch out. Did you witness caregivers at the facility yelling or making threats? Perhaps your loved one is exhibiting a sudden and dramatic change in personality. If sexual abuse has taken place, it could result in bruises, sexually transmitted diseases or unexplained bleeding. Negligence can result in weight loss, malnutrition or bedsores. Signs of financial exploitation may include unexplained bank withdrawals, missing items or suspicious changes in your loved one's will.
Elder Abuse in California
Nursing home abuse is a tragic reality for too many California families. In a recent report conducted by a Florida-Based advocacy group, California received a C-rating for nursing home care. Of the 50 ranked states, California ranked 28th in the nation. California nursing home residents on an average spent only 43 minutes a day with professional nursing home staff member and nine out of 10 California facilities cited a deficiency. Only 10 percent of California nursing homes cited a severe deficiency, but many cases of abuse never get reported. According to the New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study, for every case of elder abuse reported to the authorities, there are 24 unknown cases.
Contact the San Diego Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers for more information to understand whether you have a legal claim and are entitled to compensation.