Long Beach Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Long-term care staff are some of the most common perpetrators of elder abuse. While many nursing homes present a friendly outward appearance of professionalism and quality care, the harsh truth is that many of these facilities are staffed with untrained or underqualified nurses who subject residents to abusive or neglectful treatment on a daily basis. If you believe your loved one has been a victim of abuse in a nursing home, Travis Siegel can fight for your loved one’s rights and seek compensation on your behalf.
Long Beach elder abuse attorney Travis Siegel of Siegel Law stands apart from the rest of the pack for the following reasons:
- Solid track record of success
- Highly recommended by past clients
- 2016 Best Lawyers in America® inclusion
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum® membership
Common Forms of Nursing Home Abuse
It is estimated that nearly 10% of seniors in nursing homes are victims of some form of abuse, with abuse occurring in roughly one out of every three nursing homes. Whether the abuse be physical, emotional, psychological, or neglectful, residents are oftentimes subjected to mistreatment as a result of understaffing or a failure by nursing homes to properly vet their caretakers before hiring them. Nursing home staff may begin to feel that a resident is a burden and engage in abusive behaviors over time.
Abuse or neglect from nursing home staff can result in the following:
- Slip and falls
- Emotional distress
- Financial exploitation
- Wrongful death
When Can I Sue a Nursing Home?
Nursing homes are required to provide adequate care. If, through their management, staff, or caregivers, they fail to provide "reasonable care" to their residents and injuries or deaths result, they may be held legally responsible. This can be the case, for example, if the nursing home was illegally understaffed and a patient couldn’t get help in time, or the facility didn’t have reasonable safety precautions and a resident was badly hurt by another resident.
What Legal Responsibility Do Nursing Homes Have?
Nursing homes in California must:
- Help each resident attain or maintain the "highest" practical level of physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being.
- Not let residents’ health decline, if at all preventable.
- Provide care, treatment, and therapies to maintain and improve residents’ health as much as possible.
- Listen to the residents’ wishes in regards to choosing and refusing services, within reason.
Other standards are subject to whether or not the facility receives Medicare or Medi-Cal payments from the government. Though nursing homes are not required to “guarantee” the safety and security of their residents, they are held to a standard of reasonableness. This means that for a claim to be filed against the facility, there must be evidence of a failure on the part of the nursing home or its employees that directly led to the harm caused to the injured person.
Schedule Your Free Case Evaluation
If you suspect your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, it is vital you contact Siegel Law as soon as possible to ensure the responsible parties are held accountable. Having served as a Long Beach nursing home abuse lawyer for more than a decade, Travis Siegel understands the anguish you must be experiencing and is prepared to do whatever is necessary to ensure your rights are protected. No family should have to live through the horror of seeing their elderly loved one abused. Let Siegel Law fight on your behalf and demand the full compensation you deserve.
If your elderly family member suffered any injury in a nursing home environment, contact Siegel Law at (562) 645-4145 to discuss you and your senior’s legal rights and responsibilities.
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