Calipatria Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer
California’s elderly population is expected to grow rapidly over the next two decades and, by 2030, more than one million seniors are likely to require some form of self-care assistance. Already today there are approximately 1,230 long-term nursing home facilities throughout the state.
Nursing homes and other types of long-term care facilities, including assisted living and board and care, can provide families with much-needed relief and comfort by providing high-quality care to aging loved ones; however, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are not always well-staffed or funded - two things which can increase the risk of nursing home abuse and neglect. If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, please call our Calipatria nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Southern California Nursing Home Law Group.Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect That May Warrant a Lawsuit
Nursing home abuse and neglect are a breach of the duty of care owed by a nursing home facility to a nursing home resident. When nursing home abuse or neglect leads to damages, including either economic damages or noneconomic damages or both, a civil action for recovery may be appropriate. Types of nursing home abuse and neglect that may lead to a civil action include:
- Physical abuse of a resident, including hitting, kicking, biting, burning, or improperly restraining a resident;
- Neglect of a resident, such as failing to move a resident who is confined to their bed, or failing to bathe residents on a regular basis;
- Wrongful death caused by failure of caregivers to provide necessary and appropriate care;
- Medication errors, such as giving a patient the wrong medication or wrong dosage of medication; and
- Psychological abuse of a resident, such as calling the resident names, isolating the resident, or teasing the resident;
- Any other act that leads to resident harm and that is a breach of the duty of care owed to the resident.
When nursing home abuse leads to resident harm, it is important to determine who is liable for that harm. Those who might be held liable for nursing home abuse include:
- Nursing home staff members, including nurses (CNA, LVN & RN), and any other caregivers who are responsible for attending to residents;
- Administrators and owners and operators of the nursing home when negligent supervision, poor hiring or training practices, understaffing, or unsafe facilities lead to nursing home resident harm.
- Any other individual or entity that contributed to the neglect or abuse.
By filing a civil action against a, assisted living facility or nursing home following harm resulting from nursing home neglect or abuse, an individual can recover compensation for various economic and noneconomic damages. Types of damages recoverable include:
- Loss of love, society, companionship, financial and emotional support in the case of a wrongful death;
- Cost of medical expenses related to the nursing home abuse and neglect, including future medical expenses;
- Additional costs for long-term or in-home care;
- Costs of medical equipment;
- The value of a person’s pain, suffering, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life; and
- Attorneys’ and legal fees.
Our attorneys can assist you by calculating the damages in your case and determining the value of your claim. We will aggressively advocate for you to help you get the value of damages you deserve.How Our Calipatria Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Can Help
Our Calipatria nursing home abuse lawyers understand how upsetting it is to learn that a loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse. If you are shocked and unsure about how to proceed, our law firm can help you. We will be by your side to:
- Advise you on steps to take to put an end to the abuse, such as reporting the abuse to the state or/and calling the police;
- Open an investigation that seeks to gather evidence to prove that the abuse or neglect took place, determine liability, and prove the connection between the abuse and damages.
- Advise you of your rights and legal options;
- Handle all claim paperwork and documentation on your behalf; and
- Represent you in settlement negotiations.
While most cases settle out of court, we can also represent you in litigation if it comes to that.Call Our Calipatria Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Today
To learn more about our nursing home abuse lawyers and what your rights are if you or a loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, please do not hesitate to call our law firm directly for a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis and are always happy to talk with prospective clients free of charge before beginning any legal work. Call our experienced Calipatria nursing home abuse lawyers today to get started.