Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse Lawyers
Windsor Gardens - Long Beach
3232 E. Artesia Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
People trust nursing home facilities to provide quality care to their loved ones. When that trust is broken by nursing home employees neglecting or even abusing residents, they need to be held accountable. If your family member has been neglected or abused in a retirement home or elder care facility, you have the right to compensation.
"Every day, American families face difficult decisions about whether to move a loved one into a nursing home. There are nearly 17,000 nursing homes in the United States that currently care for 1.6 million residents'a figure expected to quadruple to 6.6 million residents by 2050. The quality of care provided by these nursing homes has been the subject of much scrutiny in recent years."-U.S. Congress Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Chairman Henry A. Waxman, 110th Congress.
The Windsor Garden Nursing Home in Long Beach, California is listed because it has caused potential harm and immediate jeopardy to one or more patients. In fact, a complaint was filed in 2008 that violated the law to: "Protect each resident from all abuse, physical punishment, and being separated from others." They have also been known for improper food and nutrition care of their patients as well as unsanitary upkeep of rooms and overall facility care. These violations can cause serious issues from allergic reactions and malnutrition to bedsores, spread of illness, and overall depression and low morale among elder patients.
The statistics for nursing homes are shocking. A 1998 study conducted by the U.S. General Accounting Office concluded that more than half of the suspicious deaths studied in nursing homes were probably due to nursing home neglect. In 2003, USA Today reported that one-half of all nursing home residents were suffering from untreated pain. The numbers in Orange County alone show how nursing home abuse and neglect has become an epidemic at the local and nation-wide levels.
These tragic and preventable deaths can be prevented. If you or someone you love has been mistreated or neglected at the Windsor Gardens Nursing Facility, call us at 1 (800) 561-4887 for a free consultation to let you know your options and answer all your questions.
Some saddening violations include:
- Provide needed housekeeping and maintenance.
- Give professional services that meet a professional standard of quality.
- Get rid of garbage properly.
- Keep accurate and appropriate medical records.
- Store, cook, and give out food in a safe and clean way.
- Develop a complete care plan that meets all of a resident's needs, with timetables and actions that can be measured.
- Make sure that the nursing home area is free of dangers that cause accidents.
- Provide bedrooms that hold no more than 4 residents per room.
This information was based off data reported by CMS as of 7/29/10.
These unbelievable violations from simple things like keeping residents nourished to cleaning patients' rooms can cause disease and depression. There are many signs to look for in nursing home abuse and neglect. The videos below answer some of the most commonly asked questions on elder abuse.
Citations are issued by the Department of Health Services (DHS) during the annual certification visit.
Citations come in several classes depending on their severity. The state average is a little less than one per facility per year, but ideally, a facility should not have any citations.
- Class AA: The most serious violation, AA citations are issued when a resident death has occurred in such a way that it has been directly and officially attributed to the responsibility of the facility, and carry fines of $25,000 to $100,000.
- Class A: Class A citations are issued when violations present imminent danger to patients or the substantial probability of death or serious harm, and carry fines from $2,000 to $20,000.
- Class B: Class B citations carry fines from $100 to $1000 and are issued for violations which have a direct or immediate relationship to health, safety, or security, but do not qualify as A or AA citations.
- This information should not be used as the sole measure of quality of care in a nursing home. It is important to visit potential facilities and evaluate it yourself.
Nursing home abuse can vary in severity and can be categorized either as neglect or intentional harm. When neglect is the issue, a patient may not be given sufficient food or nutrition, the right medication or dose, or proper medical equipment or living commodities. Failure to pay attention to these aspects in a senior's care can cause fatal disease and debilitating pain ranging from bed sores to malnutrition, overdose, and even gangrene. Look at the signs, and call a professional if you are suspect of abuse and wish to get compensated for suffering and medical costs.
Elder abuse and retirement home violations are serious offenses. For more information, call the specialists at Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP for a free consultation. Since no two nursing home negligence cases are identical, we will focus on investigating the facts of your case and mounting a concrete legal strategy on your behalf. You can rely on us to provide you with genuine counsel and a caring heart.
If you feel you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, please call us at: 1 (800) 561-4887 to discuss your options.
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