San Diego Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
The skilled and experienced 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 the elderly and vulnerable residents in the quest for higher profit margins must be held accountable for their actions. No exceptions. If your loved one has suffered from elder abuse, neglected or even wrongful death case caused by negligence in a San Diego nursing home, please contact us now for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Our San Diego Personal Injury attorneys will fight for you!
Protecting the Elderly
If elder abuse is taking place at the San Diego facility where your loved one is living, there are steps you can take now that will make a difference.
If you are sure that physical and/or sexual abuse has taken place, you should call the police as soon as possible. However, if 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 elder abuse, it would be in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced lawyer such as Bisnar Chase.
Types of Elder 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 to your loved ones. Unfortunately, we hear many horror stories about workers who physically, sexually, emotionally and financially abuse vulnerable, elderly residents.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, 1 in 10 American senior citizens over the age of 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse.
It is crucial and of the utmost importance that San Diego 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.
San Diego elders are less likely to stand up to bullying or to even report wrongdoing as these elders become weaker and more vulnerable with age according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA).
They may fear retaliation or simply be intimidated by their abusers. Elderly nursing home residents can suffer significant injury or harm when they are subjected to neglect or elder abuse in a nursing home setting. Some of the most common forms of nursing home abuse include:
Physical abuse: Physical elder abuse is an intentional, non-accidental use of force that results in physical pain and/or injuries. It is unacceptable under any circumstances to hit or shove elderly 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 or any type of physical mark, but emotional abuse can cause just as much, if not more, 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 under any and all contexts. 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 in San Diego to provide quality care for our loved ones and for the elderly. 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 San Diego nursing homes where rooms are not properly maintained and residents do not receive proper nourishment.
Signs of Elder 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 elder 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 and elder abuse is a tragic reality for too many California and San Diego families.
In a recent report conducted by a Florida-Based advocacy group, California received a C-rating for nursing home care of the elderly. California ranked 28th in the nation of the 50 ranked states.
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 elder 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. For more information on protecting the elderly please visit aginginplace.org for free resources and support.
Fight For Your Loved Ones. Call Us Now.
Contact our Bisnar Chase San Diego Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at 949-203-3814 for more information and to understand whether you have a legal claim and are entitled to compensation.