Nursing Home Abuse


Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

by Staff Blogger | November 11th, 2019

Whether it’s due to their advanced age or health problems that can’t be managed without dedicated care, making the decision to move your loved one into a nursing home can be extremely difficult for both them and for you. They may be reluctant to give up their freedom and independence, while you may be worried about the level of care and attention they’ll receive. Sadly, the latter is a valid concern for many families when their loved ones move into nursing facilities—especially when those facilities value profits over resident safety and health.

Elder abuse and neglect are more common than you might think, especially in nursing homes. Furthermore, they’re often underreported. An alert issued by the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services in August 2017 indicated than more than a quarter of serious nursing home abuse cases aren’t reported to police. Many victims are either unable to report the abuse they suffer, or they’re intimidated into remaining silent by their abusers.

What Are The Most Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

Although nursing home residents can be abused or neglected in many different ways, there are a few common types that are often seen among victims:

Common types of abuse

  • Physical abuse—Just as the phrase implies, physical abuse involves residents being physically harmed by nursing home staff members or even other residents. It can include physical contact such as hitting, shoving, biting, slapping, shaking, burning, the use of physical restraints, and even forced feeding. Signs of physical abuse may include bruising, bleeding, open wounds, broken bones, burns, and more.
  • Sexual abuse—Nursing home residents also may be at risk of sexual abuse, including unwanted touching, sexual assault, and rape. Signs of sexual assault include unexplained sexually transmitted diseases, bruises on or around the genitals, bleeding, and torn, soiled, or stained underwear and clothing.
  • Emotional and psychological abuse—Residents don’t have to be physically touched or harmed to be abused. Types of emotional and psychological abuse include residents being yelled at, insulted, threatened, humiliated, or made to feel unwanted. When nursing homes residents are emotionally abused, they may become withdrawn, anxious, depressed, or even develop dementia-like symptoms.
  • Financial abuse—Whether it’s personal property that’s stored in their rooms, or personal assets stored in bank accounts, stock portfolios, or real estate investments, nursing home residents may have their possessions taken from them by staff. Examples include petty theft of personal possessions, using residents’ debit and credit cards, forging residents’ signatures, or forcing residents to sign unwanted contracts.

Common types of neglect

  • Lack of access to basic requirements—Nursing home residents should have easy and convenient access to water, food, clothing, shelter, medication, hygiene products, baths, and a bed. When any of those requirements are restricted or taken away, it can result in serious physical and mental health problems, including malnutrition, dehydration, worsening of health problems, contraction of illnesses, and more.
  • Abandonment—Many nursing home residents depend on caretakers for most, if not all, of their daily tasks. When the staff members or caretakers who are in charge of their wellbeing leave them on their own, whether it’s in the nursing home, hospital, or a public place, they are considered victims of abandonment, which can be life threatening—especially for residents who require close monitoring and frequent medication dosages.

Suspect Your Loved One is Being Abused or Neglected? Call Today.

When it comes to detecting nursing home abuse and neglect, it’s important to trust your instincts and to check on your loved one frequently. Abuse and neglect aren’t always obvious, but there can be tell-tale signs when residents aren’t being treated properly while living in nursing homes. If you suspect abuse or neglect, contact the team at Berg Injury Lawyers right away.

A California nursing home abuse lawyer can collect evidence that proves your loved one’s rights were violated by the nursing home, as well as determine how much money your family is owed for what you’ve been through. Potential compensation can include everything from lost assets and medical bills to relocation costs and compensation for pain and suffering.

The sooner you contact a lawyer about your loved one’s mistreatment at their nursing home, the better. It’s our goal to help victims of negligence get successful resolution, and that means doing everything in our power to help you get the resources you need to put this difficult time behind you. Contact our firm today for a free consultation. We’re available to speak with you about your claim 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 


Your Family Deserves Compensation After Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

by Staff Blogger | September 30th, 2019

Making the decision to move your loved one into a nursing home can be a difficult one. You may be worried about their health and well-being when in the care of others, while they may be worried about their loss of privacy and independence. Most nursing homes take good care of their residents, but not all value residents’ health and happiness.

When nursing homes are driven by profit rather than care and compassion, residents often suffer. That’s because those nursing homes may hire undertrained and underqualified employees to handle many essential tasks that directly affect residents’ day-to-day lives. In addition, they may understaff to save money, putting more stress on individual employees and making it more difficult for them to provide adequate care and attention to residents.

Nursing homes are only as effective as their staff members, and when management and owners cut costs, residents often feel the brunt of those decisions. That can lead to serious issues such as abuse, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as neglect. Residents who are neglected may be left alone for long periods of time, or they may not receive food, medication, and baths as frequently as they should.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we want all families with loved ones living in California nursing homes to know that they have rights if their loved ones are mistreated. When you call us, our California nursing home abuse lawyers will investigate the facility’s mistreatment of your loved one, and we’ll hold them accountable to help you get full compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.


Why Do You Need a Lawyer If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?

by Staff Blogger | July 29th, 2019

There are many signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse and neglect. They can range from unexplained bruises and social withdrawal, to weight loss and a sudden worsening of health. If you notice potential signs of abuse or neglect in your loved one, it’s important to contact an experienced California nursing home abuse lawyer right away.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to help abused and neglected victims and their loved ones get the compensation they deserve when nursing homes violate their rights. However, nursing homes are well protected when it comes to compensation claims, and it’s often their word against the people who were harmed. That can make it difficult for residents and their families to defend their rights.

Having an experienced lawyer on your side can help level the playing field. Our law firm knows California’s nursing home laws and the rights that all patients have when they live in care facilities. When you contact us, we’ll investigate the facts concerning your loved one’s potential abuse or neglect, and we’ll collect evidence that proves it happened.

When a nursing home can’t deny that your loved one was harmed in their care, we’ll negotiate to get your family maximum compensation for what you’ve gone through. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help you and your loved one.


3 Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

by Staff Blogger | May 20th, 2019

When your loved one moves into a nursing home, you expect them to get compassionate and personalized care and attention. But because some nursing home owners and administrators value profits over resident safety and well-being, residents may be subject to poor quality care that can even become abusive and neglectful.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California nursing home abuse attorneys have no tolerance for nursing homes and nursing home staff members who allow abuse and neglect to occur to innocent residents. It’s our goal to help residents and their families get maximum compensation when that happens, but we also know that it can sometimes be difficult for family members to determine if their loved ones are being mistreated in nursing home facilities.

If you notice any of these common signs of abuse or neglect in your loved one, contact us immediately:

  1. Unexplained cuts and bruises—Abuse can often be physical, and staff members may hit or strike residents, leaving them with signs of trauma on their bodies.
  2. Sudden fear and withdrawal—Abuse can also be emotional. Residents who are emotionally abused via threats and humiliation may become depressed, anxious, fearful, and withdrawn.
  3. Weight loss and worsening of health—When residents are neglected, they may not get proper nutrition, and their access to medications and doctor appointments may be restricted or denied.

Don’t wait another minute if you suspect your loved one is being harmed in a nursing home facility. Call today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help you.


3 Reasons to Get a Lawyer if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

by Staff Blogger | January 21st, 2019

As anyone with a loved one living in a nursing home knows, the facilities are often expensive and may be difficult to get into. For many people, those facts create a false sense of security and confidence in their loved ones’ care. Unfortunately, many nursing homes put profits at the top of their priority lists—not providing top-quality care to residents.

To achieve that, nursing homes may be purposely understaffed, forgo effective training regimens, or hire inexperienced workers to take care of residents. Any of those negligent hiring practices can result in poor resident care—and sometimes, it can even result in abuse and neglect.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California nursing home abuse attorneys fight for the rights of both victims and their families after nursing home mistreatment occurs. If you believe there’s a chance that your loved one was abused or neglected in a nursing home, it’s our goal to help in the following ways:

  1. We can look for evidence that abuse or neglect occurred—Nursing homes almost always deny that mistreatment occurred, but we know what evidence to look for and collect to leave no doubt about what happened.
  2. We can investigate how your loved one suffered as a result of the abuse or neglect—If your loved one’s health declined after being abused or neglected, we can collect evidence that links his or her mistreatment to new health problems and complications.
  3. We can negotiate to get you maximum compensation—By calculating how much the abuse or neglect incidents will cost your family, we can fight to get you and your loved one the money you deserve.

If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, don’t wait to get experienced legal help. Call us today for a free consultation.


How Does Nursing Home Negligence Lead to Abuse and Neglect?

by Staff Blogger | September 17th, 2018

The owners and administrators of nursing homes in California and throughout the country have a big responsibility. They’re in charge of making sure millions of residents get the medical care and day-to-day living assistance they need around the clock. Nursing homes are big business, and it can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for residents to live in them.

The profits that nursing home owners and administrators make off of residents and their families isn’t always enough, however. To maximize profits, some nursing homes take the following shortcuts:

  • Negligent hiring practices—People who work with residents who are elderly and suffering from serious illnesses should be thoroughly vetted and have spotless backgrounds. But some nursing homes hire people with records of criminal activities, violence, theft, and more in an effort to save time and money. Those hiring practices put residents at risk.
  • Understaffing—There should be plenty of staff members available to handle all manner of needs and requests from residents at nursing homes. However, payroll costs can be significant to nursing home owners and administrators, and that can lead to some intentional understaffing, making it more difficult for residents to get the attention they need.
  • Inadequate training—Caring for nursing home residents requires patience and plenty of hands-on training. But training programs can be expensive. Some nursing homes have little to no formal training for employees, which means residents’ well-being and lives may be in the hands of unqualified staff members.

If you suspect that your loved one was harmed in a nursing home, call the California nursing home abuse attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.


What Types of Compensation Are Available for Nursing Home Abuse Victims?

by Staff Blogger | June 18th, 2018

When residents of nursing homes are abused or neglected, their rights, their dignity, and their trust are violated. In addition, they may face serious physical and mental complications, including abuse-related injuries, worsening of health conditions, and psychological problems like depression and anxiety.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California nursing home abuse attorneys have seen the devastation that occurs when nursing home providers, healthcare professionals, and staff members are negligent or intentionally abusive. It’s our goal to not only bring the issue to light, but to also help victims and their families get maximum compensation for what they’ve experienced.

The types of compensation that nursing home victims and their families often receive at the conclusion of their claims include:

  • Medical expenses—Many nursing home residents have health conditions that require medication, rehabilitation, or frequent monitoring and intervention to treat and stabilize. When residents are abused or neglected, their conditions may rapidly worsen, and they may require more intensive care, which can be expensive. We fight to help residents and their families get money to cover additional medical bills related to improper care.
  • Pain and suffering—It’s hard to put a price tag on the suffering that’s caused when nursing home employees abuse or neglect patients, but it’s also an act that needs to be considered and compensated when claims are filed. If your loved one experienced pain, anguish, and reduced quality of life, we’ll make sure their experience is considered if we file a claim on their behalf.

Nursing homes are often well protected from legal action, and it takes an experienced and dedicated legal team to tip the scales in the favor of victims and their families. Call today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help.


How can a lawyer help if your loved one suffered nursing home abuse or neglect?

by Staff Blogger | April 16th, 2018

Making the decision to move your loved one into a nursing home isn’t easy. But millions of Americans have to make that difficult decision every year based on their loved ones’ health and the best interests of their well-being in the years to come.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that nursing homes can be positive places where people enjoy a strong sense of community and excellent care—but they can also be places where abuse and neglect occur frequently—even daily.

If you suspect that your loved one was abused or neglected at their nursing home facility, having a California nursing home abuse lawyer on your side can help to:

  • Verify that abuse or neglect occurred—It’s important to have an experienced team on your side that knows abuse and neglect and can pursue it when the facts and evidence show it occurred.
  • Link your loved one’s physical or psychological damage to the abuse or neglect—To have a strong case, it’s not enough to just prove that abuse or neglect happened. Our legal team can also prove that mistreatment at the nursing home led to serious physical and mental health problems.

It’s important to act right away if you suspect abuse or neglect. In addition to protecting your loved one’s rights, acting fast also means reducing their risks of suffering serious abuse and neglect-related complications and illnesses.

Call us today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help.


What Should You Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?

by Staff Blogger | December 5th, 2017

There are many signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. Bed sores, unexplained weight loss, bruises, and a sudden worsening of health are just a few indicators that nursing home residents may not be getting the care they deserve. But what should you do if you suspect that your family member’s health and well-being are at risk because of an understaffed or poorly monoitored nursing home?

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California nursing home abuse lawyers do everything we can to help victims and their families get the compensation they deserve after poor and potentially harmful treatment in nursing home facilities. However, it’s also important for family members to act immediately to help their loved ones avoid further health problems and to get them on the path to recovery.

If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, you should:

  • Speak with a doctor, nurse, or manager. A healthcare professional or member of management staff at the nursing home can evaluate your loved one’s condition and may be able to shed light on what’s happening.
  • Call 911 if your loved one’s health is in immediate danger. In some cases, nursing home abuse and neglect can be life-threatening. If your loved one’s health issues are being ignored or improperly treated, he or she may need transportation to a hospital.

In addition to making sure your loved one is okay, it’s also important to make sure that he or she, as well as your family, is properly compensated for the nursing home’s negligence. It’s our goal to help you get the money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.


Who Should You Talk to if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?

by Staff Blogger | October 9th, 2017

When loved ones develop long-term health problems that they aren’t capable of handling on their own, nursing homes can help bring their families peace of mind. Whether a loved one’s health and independence is compromised due to age or illness, the process of finding a quality nursing home facility can be a difficult transition for everyone involved.

Choosing a nursing home for a loved one can be made easier simply by knowing that they will be in a place with around-the-clock care and personalized attention. However, not all nursing homes meet the standards people expect. In fact, some are understaffed, under-budgeted, or staffed by untrained workers who neglect and even abuse residents.

If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, it’s important to talk to the following people:

  • Your loved one – Ask your loved one what happened and get as much information as possible, including when the abuse occurred and whether it has happened before.
  • Nursing home management – Ask to speak with a manager or supervisor at the nursing home right away. Make sure they are aware of any potentially dangerous conditions, staff behaviors, or oversights.
  • A California nursing home abuse lawyer – All California nursing home residents have rights granted by the state, and our legal team wants to help protect your loved one’s rights.

Finding out that your loved one was abused or neglected while living in a nursing home is devastating, but we’re here to help. Call Berg Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.