Los Osos Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyers
You need skilled legal representation when your family member has been the victim of neglect or abuse at the hands of the staff at a Los Osos nursing home. It is unforgivable that some nursing homes and assisted living facilities will take advantage of the very people they are paid to care for and protect. While some episodes of abuse are intentional, other ones are due to negligence. Do not allow a nursing home to take advantage of your fragile family member. Let an experienced Los Osos nursing home neglect and abuse attorney assist.
Even if you conduct thorough research on nursing homes and other elder care facilities in San Luis Obispo County, you cannot predict what will happen months or years from now. In most cases, nursing home staff members are woefully underpaid. That can lead to problems and high turnover rates. There are hundreds of for-profit nursing homes in San Luis Obispo County alone, so workers typically switch jobs frequently.You Need Skilled Legal Representation in Los Osos Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Cases
Our attorneys at the Southern California Nursing Home Law Group have put our decades of experience to excellent use by focusing on cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect. Most nursing homes make a decent income, so there is no excuse to underpay their staff, especially those who have direct contact with the residents and patients. When an episode of abuse or neglect is exposed, you can almost bet that it is not the only case.
We have represented numerous individuals and families in San Luis Obispo County in cases related to abuse and neglect. We are determined to ensure a nursing home is held accountable for the actions. Our legal team has a proven record of success throughout California, with nursing home abuse cases. If you suspect someone you love is the victim of neglect or abuse in a Los Osos nursing home, let our attorneys build a claim against the facility in question.Nursing Home Abuse is Common in San Luis Obispo County Nursing Homes
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect cases continue to increase. Elderly individuals who live in a nursing home will be at a considerably higher risk of abuse than if they were living at home with family members. Some experts estimate that over 40% of older adults (over 65) will need nursing home care at some point.
After you get your family member situated in their nursing home, make sure to check their condition during your regular visits. You want to watch for potential signs of neglect or abuse. Monitor the status of their room. Check if linens and towels have been washed. Are there bedsores? Does your family member smell like feces or urine sometimes?
There are multiple signs of neglect and abuse with which you should become familiar. Ask questions if you believe something is going on. If you do not like the answers they provide, keep asking for more information. Next, you should contact a Los Osos nursing home abuse and neglect attorney.Common Types of Abuse at San Luis Obispo Nursing Homes
Some of the more common types of abuse our attorneys see from California nursing homes include:
Physical Abuse: Physical abuse can include kicking, shoving, punching, biting, scratching, hitting, etc. Watch for marks on their wrists that indicate the overuse of restraints. Intentionally withholding things like food or medical treatment can also be considered physical abuse.
Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse in nursing homes is especially common with most vulnerable residents. Unwanted sexual attention, like touching without consent, can be sexual abuse. This is not a problem confined to staff members only. Other residents or even regular visitors may be guilty of sexual assault.
Emotional Abuse: Repetitive incidents involving yelling, shaming, demeaning, humiliating, or threatening the resident would be psychological or emotional abuse.
Financial Abuse: If a staff member takes the resident’s ATM card or writes themselves a check, that is financial abuse. It can also involve stealing the resident’s personal effects and valuables, demanding money, or even committing identity theft.
Neglect: Abuse is different than neglect. Neglect usually involves negligence rather than intentional acts. A staff member may forget to administer medication or bring the resident’s dinner plate. It will become abuse if the staff member is purposely withholding food or medicine.
If you need assistance with a nursing home abuse claim in Los Osos, contact our attorneys at the Southern California Nursing Home Law Group to schedule an initial consultation. Let us evaluate your case and show you how we can help you fight for the compensation your family deserves.