Los Angeles Nursing Home Elder Abuse Lawyer
Elder abuse is far more common than most people are aware of. Every year, as many as 5,000,000 elderly Americans suffer from abuse. Studies indicate that nearly a quarter of all nursing home residents have experienced at least one instance of physical abuse while in a nursing home. Most of these instances go unreported and uninvestigated. If you notice any signs of abuse or neglect with your elderly loved one during their stay at a nursing home or other long-term care facility, you must act fast to ensure their safety. The nursing home elder abuse attorney at Morris Law Firm is here to help.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities owe a duty to residents and their families to keep residents safe, secure and cared for. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed, fail to train the staff they do have, and allow untrained and overworked nurses and other staff to operate unsupervised. When a nursing home fails to be properly staffed with well-trained employees, nursing home residents are likely to suffer.
Nursing home neglect can take many forms, including the following:
- Medical errors
- Prescription errors
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Failing to protect residents from falls and other injuries
- Failing to move residents unable to move themselves, leading to bedsores and other injuries
- Failure to provide clean laundry to residents, including towels, clothes, sheets, and other furnishings
- Failing to make sure that residents are hygienic
- Failing to check up on all residents regularly throughout the day
- Failure to inspect the home for tripping hazards and other dangers
- Provision of faulty medical devices and prosthetics
- Negligent security
- Nursing errors
Any form of neglect identified above can lead to residents suffering injuries, becoming ill, or succumbing to existing illnesses and injuries. Nursing home residents are already vulnerable, and without proper care, the risk of serious or even fatal injury is extremely high. If you notice any unexplained injuries, skin lesions, signs of malnutrition or dehydration, or any other indication of neglect, call Morris Law Firm immediately for assistance.
Nursing Home Abuse
In addition to negligence, abuse in nursing homes is shockingly common. Elder abuse can be either emotional or physical, and the consequences can be severe. Some of the more common forms of elder abuse in California nursing homes include:
- Physical abuse of residents by staff, including hitting, shaking, choking, dragging, or improperly restraining
- Emotional abuse of residents by staff, including yelling, demeaning, isolating, humiliating, berating, or ignoring residents
- Deliberately neglecting residents or denying them food and water as a form of punishment
- Sexual abuse of residents by staff, other residents, or even people from outside the home
- Financial abuse of residents, including tricking unwitting residents into signing away legal rights or changing their wills
Nursing homes are responsible for the conduct of their staff. If they let their staff get away with abusing your loved one, you have the right to hold them accountable. The elder abuse attorney at Morris Law Firm will help you get the justice your family deserves.
Get Help With a Southern California Nursing Home Abuse Claim from the Los Angeles Elder Abuse Attorney at Morris Law Firm
When you entrust the care of your vulnerable loved ones to a nursing home or long-term care facility, you have the right to expect that they will get comprehensive, appropriate care. If you have any reason to suspect that your elderly family member is getting anything less than the care they deserve, you need to act quickly to protect them from harm. The compassionate elder abuse and nursing home abuse attorney at Morris Law Firm will investigate your concerns, ensure that your loved one is protected, and help you hold negligent or abusive nursing homes and long-term facilities responsible for any harm that your family has suffered.