Nursing home abuse and neglect are an unfortunate rising trend in California and throughout the United States. At Estey & Bomberger, we are committed to obtaining justice for victims of nursing home abuse and their families. Attorneys at our AV-Ratedlaw firm have successfully brought injury, abuse and wrongful death claims against nursing homes and care facilities throughout California. Our Sacramento nursing home abuse lawyers understand the sensitive nature of elder abuse, and can help you obtain justice by exercising your legal rights.
Why Does Nursing Home Abuse Occur?
Nursing abuse or neglect, no matter how minor, is not excusable. In many instances, abuse occurs because facilities are willing to risk patient safety and health to see bigger profit. Negligence and abuse at nursing homes may be the result of understaffing, or forcing staff to care for a large number of residents. Nursing homes may hire underqualified or untrained attendants, in an effort to cut costs. In some cases, nursing homes hire employees without conducting criminal background checks or other screening. Nurse’s aids and other caregivers are often underpaid, and experience job burnout from dealing with patient’s physical needs. High employee turnover rates at nursing homes are common.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal or even financial. In some cases, one nursing home resident may injure another. Any unexplained injury, illness or death should be investigated, along with any sudden weight gain or loss.
Signs of Physical Nursing Home Abuse
Physical abuse includes assault, beating, shaking, hitting, or other rough handling, use of physical restraints or denial of food or water. Some signs of physical abuse include:
- Bedsores (decubitus ulcers)
- Broken bones
- Frozen joints
- Malnutrition / dehydration
- Unexplained genital infections
- Unexplained or hidden injuries
- Unexplained venereal disease
- Untreated medical condition
- Unwarranted restraints (physical or sedation)
- Wounds or cuts
Signs of Psychological / Emotional Nursing Home Abuse
Emotional abuse may include threats, insults, intimidation, harassment and humiliation. Isolating a patient from his family or friends or otherwise inflicting anguish or distress are examples of psychological or emotional abuse.
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
- Failure to aid in personal hygiene
- Failure to give proper medication (dosage or type)
- Failure to immediately care for wounds and bedsores
- Failure to prevent pressure sores / bedsores
- Failure to provide a clean/sanitary living environment
- Failure to provide adequate services and care for incontinent residents
- Failure to provide appropriate supervision and assistive devices to prevent accidents (wheelchairs, walking aids, etc.)
- Failure to provide a secure living environment
- Failure to provide necessary medical care
- Failure to provide proper nutrition / hydration
- Failure to supervise
Without proper supervision of residents, the elderly may be at risk to serious falls or other injury. The signs of elder abuse or nursing home neglect may be subtle, and abused and neglected residents may not report the abuse out of fear. If someone you love is a possible victim of neglect or abuse in a Sacramento nursing home, other residents and patients may also be suffering abuse or neglect. At Estey & Bomberger, we fully investigate claims of nursing home abuse and negligence, and evaluate facilities for training or staffing deficiencies, as well as the facility’s record of complaints and violations.
Sacramento Elder Abuse Lawyer Consultation
Families depend on nursing homes to give care and comfort to aging family members, and nursing home residents deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. If someone you love is a suspected victim of nursing home abuse, an attorney can help you determine your best course of action. Contact a Sacramento nursing home abuse lawyer at Estey & Bomberger at (916) 903-5217 or request a consultation online. We offer a free and confidential consultation. If we represent you, you will only be charged if we win your case.