Nursing Home Neglect FAQs
Nursing home neglect and abuse are all too common in California, unfortunately. Many people have questions and concerns about the care a loved one has received at a long-term care facility. These types of cases are rarely cut and dry, which is why it is important to seek qualified legal advice from an attorney at Steven D. Davis Law Group, APC in Culver City. Our lawyers will take on your case and work diligently to advocate for you.
The following are some of the most common questions our lawyers receive from clients who suspect that a loved one has been a victim of nursing home neglect.
Nursing Home Negligence FAQs
Is there a difference between abuse and neglect?
No. Abuse and neglect are similar injuries. They can involve a failure to provide proper hygiene, medical care or proper nutrition/hydration. Abuse can result in physical injuries such as fractured limbs, overmedication, and unplanned and unexpected weight loss.
What should I look for if I suspect a loved one is a victim of abuse or neglect?
The most common signs are the development of bedsores or pressure ulcers, poor hygiene, malnutrition, dehydration, unplanned or unexpected weight loss, fractured limbs, failure to timely turn a bedridden patient, overmedication, and understaffing of a facility resulting in any of the above.
Who may be liable for nursing home abuse or neglect?
The owners, management and staff of the nursing facility can be held liable. Staff members responsible for abuse are agents for the provider who owns the home, and both can be held liable.
What should I do if I suspect a loved one has been a victim of abuse or neglect?
You should notify the nursing home administrator of your concerns right away. The administrator is required by law to investigate your claims and report the findings to the state. You should also contact the Department of Public Health to report any suspected abuse. It is also important to collect and record any evidence you can, including taking photos of the physical evidence of injury and photos of the room and facility.
If you need help determining what steps to take next, our lawyers are here to guide you through this process.