When you, or a loved one, move into a nursing home, you rightfully expect a certain standard of care. Luckily, that’s what happens in the majority of cases, but sometimes a nursing home resident is the victim of abuse, neglect, and/or mistreatment. These residents are often older, have physical challenges, and/or dementia, making them vulnerable to abuse and neglect from the staff that’s been entrusted with their care.
Therefore, if a loved one has been abused or neglected it is important you hold the negligent party responsible by consulting with a Los Angeles nursing home abuse lawyer. An experienced attorney can work to assist you receiving financial compensation for any damages and ensure you are well prepared for the legal process. Call us today at 323-999-HELP for a free consultation.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
The following are examples of common types of abuse that a Los Angeles nursing home abuse lawyer can assist with:
Physical abuse: deliberately inflicting pain or injury, or restraining by using physical or chemical means.
Sexual abuse: This encompasses all types of non-consensual sexual contact.
Neglect: Failure to provide adequate food, shelter, medical care, and protection.
Exploitation: Taking, hiding, or misusing a senior’s property or assets for the benefit of someone other than the senior.
Emotional abuse: Behaving and/or speaking in a way that’s threatening or humiliating.
Types of Compensation for Damages
The resident may be able to receive compensation for the following:
- Physical pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- The cost of necessary medical treatment due to the abuse or neglect.
In addition, the court may award punitive damages in some cases. These are designed to punish the defendant in cases where the abuse and/or neglect are particularly reckless or egregious.
The nursing home may try to claim that the harm caused by abuse or neglect was actually caused by the resident’s deteriorating physical or mental state. In order to help prove your case, your lawyer can gather evidence. Evidence in a nursing home abuse case may include statements from the resident, nursing home employees, other residents, and/or any information that shows a past history of abuse or neglect on the part of the nursing home or employee.
How a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one has been the victim of this type of abuse or neglect, a Los Angeles nursing home abuse lawyer can help you receive compensation. An injury attorney can help you prove that the harm occurred, and that the nursing home breached the duty of care owed to the resident.
If appropriate, a nursing home abuse lawyer can also advise you on the following:
- Reporting the abuse or neglect to theappropriate California agencies, including your county’s Adult Protective Services (APS) agency and the Licensing and Certification Program of the California Department of Health Services (which oversees nursing homes);
- Reporting the abuse or neglect to law enforcement authorities;
- Pursuing a civil claim against the nursing home and its employee(s).
If a satisfactory settlement can’t be reached out of court, a nursing home abuse lawyer can also represent you in court.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect,contact a nursing home abuse attorney in Los Angeles. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case, and if you decide to take legal action against the nursing home, we can provide you with experienced, aggressive representation.