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Nursing Home Abuse - Earlwood Retirement

The Earlwood Retirement and Nursing Home
20820 Earl Street
Torrance, California

We place our elderly family members in nursing homes to give them the proper medical and overall care that we cannot provide. Unfortunately, nursing homes across America, and especially in California, have been caught violating basic human rights and the Earlwood is included. Located in Torrance California, near Redondo Beach and Los Angeles, this retirement home has had substantiated claims including one on April 11, 2008 stating the nursing home did not keep the area clear of dangers that cause accidents.

With the vulnerable and limited elderly we love, it is sad that this and other violations have been reported on this home. The list includes:

  • Having a program that keeps infection from spreading
  • Give each resident care and services to get or keep the highest quality of life possible.
  • Make sure that the nursing home area is safe, easy to use, clean and comfortable.
  • Immediately tell the resident, doctor, and a family member if: the resident is injured, there is a major change in resident's physical/mental health, there is a need to alter treatment significantly, or the resident must be transferred.
  • Give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bed sores.
  • Protect residents from mistreatment, neglect, and/or theft of personal property.
  • Keep each resident free from physical restraints, unless needed for medical treatment.
  • Make sure that the nursing home area is free of dangers that cause accidents.

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. Inland Christian Home is part of a nation-wide epidemic of nursing home abuse and neglect. These shameful violations of human rights can be stopped with your support.

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You may wonder why nursing home abuse is so prevalent and wide-spread. A major reason is that many nursing home employees and caretakers are underpaid, under-qualified and under-trained. These same issues result in massive turnover of personnel which itself can cause problems of abuse and neglect. The problems are only going to deteriorate as a result of the exploding population of nursing home residents and the limited base of qualified and caring nursing home professionals. The Earlwood in Torrance demonstrates considerable neglect in its history and this must be put to an end.

Our attorneys work with the families of injured nursing home patients to pursue claims for injury or death as the result of negligent care or abuse. This may include:

  • Malnutrition and starvation
  • Dehydration
  • Infections
  • Pressure sores, including bed sores
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Assaults and physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Falls due to inadequate assistance or unsafe conditions
  • Rapid decline
  • wrongful death

If you feel your relative is not being taken care of at a nursing home you will want to hire a nursing home lawyer. A nursing home lawyer is well versed in geriatric law regarding the care of older individuals. A nursing home lawyer can prove to the court that neglect or abuse are going on at the home.

In California, there are restricted time statutes on personal injury claims. If you miss these time limits, your claim will be barred forever. At Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, we believe that nursing homes have a duty to take care of our elderly in a conscious and compassionate manner. With over 30 years of experience in and around Torrance, Orange County, and Los Angeles, we have the experience to get the best case results possible for the victim and family.

Call the nursing home abuse specialists at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys today and get your options explained with a free consultation! The number is 949-203-3814.

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Look for These
Signs of Neglect:

  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Head injuries
  • Open wounds, cuts, punctures, untreated injuries in various stages of healing
  • Broken eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids
  • Signs of punishment or physical restraint
  • Your loved one tells you they have been mistreated
  • A sudden change in behavior
  • The nursing home refuses to allow unsupervised visits
  • If your loved one exhibits any of the above signs, know your rights and contact an attorney today.

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