Orange County Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If a loved one is living in an Orange County care facility, you may assume that they are being well cared for. But that is not always the case. Contact the top-rated Orange County nursing home abuse lawyers of Bisnar Chase for superior legal guidance now.
Not all facilities offer high-level care. Some foster unsafe living conditions, or hire abusive and dishonest members of staff that see elderly residents as easy targets.
If you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated, you must speak up. Our elder abuse attorneys in Orange County can help. We have a 99% success rate when it comes to holding wrongdoers accountable and winning compensation for victims. Call now for a free consultation.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Preying on seniors is as low as it gets, but happens far more than many people realize.
Despicable bullies and crooked carers can target elderly victims with a range of different types of abuse. These include:
➤ Physical abuse: Many abuse cases involve carers physically harming a resident by hitting, pushing, or restraining them, or by using other forms of force.
➤ Psychological abuse: Emotional or psychological abuse does not leave physical scars, but can see a caregiver scare or intimidate a victim, leaving them terrified and isolated.
➤ Financial abuse: Can involve stealing from the victim’s room, forging checks, identity theft, intimidating or tricking a senior to transfer money or assets, and more.
➤ Sexual assault: Elderly nursing home residents are vulnerable to unwanted advances and sexual abuse, including rape and assault by those in power.
➤ Neglect: This form of abuse involves a lack of care. Neglect includes failing to provide food, water, and a clean and safe environment, failing to maintain hygiene, not attending to medical or emotional needs, and even abandonment.
➤ Bullying: Not all nursing home abuse cases in Orange County involve mistreatment from carers. Some might include resident-on-resident bullying that the carers fail to prevent.
Instances of abuse at assisted living facilities can result in personal injury, emotional trauma, or even wrongful death.
If you suspect that a loved one or family member is being mistreated or neglected in any way, it is time to act. Contact our Orange County nursing home abuse attorneys for expert help now.
Signs of Elderly Abuse and Neglect
So many people visit their elderly relatives without paying much attention to their surroundings. But if you know the signs of abuse and neglect to look out for, you will be able to protect your loved ones.
Seniors will not always speak up when they are being abused, so make sure you are looking out for the following indicators:
- Injuries such as bruising, broken bones, and soreness
- Anxiety, fear, and distress
- Evidence of drugging or chemical restraint
- Weight loss
- Withdrawn demeanor
- Personality change
- Social isolation
- Inability to contact or visit
- The attitude of the caregiver
- The poor hygiene of the individual
- Poor state of cleanliness at the facility
- The caregiver is unwilling to leave the resident alone with you
- Conflicting incident accounts
It is important to note that some of these signs occur naturally with age. But that is not always the case, and predators can rely on that assumption to get away with abusing the elderly.
Elder abuse often goes unreported in Orange County because people fail to spot the telltale signs.
Stay alert and make sure your loved ones are getting the best care possible. If they are not, contact the law firm of Bisnar Chase for a free case review.
We will help you file a nursing home abuse lawsuit and secure maximum compensation for the facility’s failings.
How to Help an Elder Abuse Victim
If you suspect elder harm or neglect in Orange County, the steps that you need to take will depend on the type and severity of abuse.
When you observe signs of neglect, you should document any evidence and raise concerns with facility management. If your concerns are not addressed, you should move your loved one to a different nursing home.
However, if you fear for your loved one’s immediate safety or health, you should call 911 and involve the police.
Your priority should always be the safety of the abuse victim. Once that has been secured, you should compile any evidence of abuse that could later prove useful in a lawsuit. For example, you could take pictures or video showing poor conditions or injuries.
Contact the Orange County nursing home abuse lawyers of Bisnar Chase for further guidance.
How to Report Nursing Home Abuse
There are two objectives when it comes to filing a nursing home abuse claim in Orange County. First, to hold wrongdoers accountable and make sure they are not allowed to hurt anyone else. Second, to win compensation for the suffering that your loved one has endured.
To ensure evidence is collected and the relevant authorities are alerted, you should contact the following resources:
- Police – Call 911 when a situation involves serious harm or imminent danger.
- California Department of Aging
- Nursing Home Abuse Justice
- Orange County Social Services Agency
- California Department of Health Care Services
Other organizations can help, such as the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform. Do your research and contact the most best organizations for your situation.
Brian Chase, Senior Partner:
“We're seeing a rise in elder abuse cases. Nursing home facilities are in it to make a profit and often cut corners to make money. They take your money but often provide inadequate care for your loved ones.”
You can start by calling our nursing home abuse attorneys at Bisnar Chase. We will fight for your rights and help you make sure justice is done.
Nursing Home Abuse Statistics
A huge number of seniors are living in nursing facilities across the United States. But a shocking number of elder abuse cases also occur every year.
- There are 6 million people over the age of 65 living in California
- Over 260,000 people are living in licensed nursing homes or long-term care facilities
- 150,000 seniors are living in unlicensed California facilities
- Nearly 15% of complaints to the CA State Long-Term Care Ombudsmen involve nursing home abuse or neglect
- An estimated 1 in 10 seniors have suffered some form of nursing home abuse
- Study results show that only 1 in 14 senior abuse cases are reported, but cases are on the rise year on year
If your loved one has suffered physical or emotional harm at an Orange County facility, contact Bisnar Chase now.
Elder Abuse Liability
If you or a loved one have suffered abuse at a care facility in OC, you may be able to file a civil action lawsuit. But how do you go about filing a nursing home abuse claim?
In almost all cases, the nursing home itself will be liable. The owners and management of a nursing home are responsible for the hiring and training of staff, as well as on-site conduct, actions, and neglect.
A nursing home can be held liable when the victim or their family can prove that facility management or employees neglected their duty of care, and their failings resulted in harm to the victim.
The Orange County nursing home abuse attorneys of Bisnar Chase can help prove your case, negotiating a compensatory settlement, or securing a verdict in court.
Nursing Home Abuse FAQs
Filing a nursing home lawsuit can be a daunting process, but you have nothing to worry about. We are here to put your mind at ease and handle every aspect of your claim.
Read through our elder abuse FAQs below, and contact us if you have any other questions.
Nursing home abuse claims are usually filed by the family of the victim. A lawsuit could also be filed by the senior victim themself, as long as they are of sound mind and able to do so.
Nursing home abuse claims in Orange County fall under the California Code of Civil Procedure. This means that you have two years to file an abuse lawsuit in most cases.
Compensatory damages vary from case to case. Nursing home abuse compensation might cover hospital bills and expenses, ongoing medical care, counseling, punitive damages for emotional distress, pain and suffering, and more.
There is no set time span for a nursing home abuse lawsuit. A resolution will typically take between a few months and two years. It will depend on the specifics of the case.
Bisnar Chase works on contingency. We offer a free consultation and then advance all costs required to win your case. Our no win no fee promise ensures that you pay nothing if we do not win your case, and are protected from all out-of-pocket costs.
Hiring the Best Lawyers
Preying on vulnerable people, such as the elderly, despicable. At Bisnar Chase we are committed to holding wrongdoers accountable and winning compensation for their victims.
Based in Newport Beach, we believe in working for our community. We represent victims and families across Orange County, in cities including:
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Our numbers speak for themselves. We have represented more than 12,000 clients over the past four decades with an outstanding 99% success rate.
We have won more than $650 million for victims who have suffered at the hands of others, and we can help you too.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
1301 Dove St., #120
Newport Beach, CA 92660