Protecting the Elderly in Sacramento, Fairfield and the Bay Area
Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Although the nursing home industry is intended to provide a caring, nurturing environment for individuals in their golden years, some facilities are motivated more by profit than by proper patient care, so abuses occur. State and federal laws protect nursing home and assisted living facility residents and, with the help of a skilled attorney, nursing home abuse victims or survivors may be able to hold negligent nursing homes accountable and be compensated for their injuries and loss. York Law Firm features a team of experienced nursing home abuse attorneys. Our nursing home abuse lawyers serve Sacramento, Roseville, Elk Grove, Folsom, Fairfield and the surrounding locations. We have been successful in obtaining millions of dollars on behalf of nursing home abuse victims, whether by settlement or by trial. We will work aggressively to protect the rights of your loved one.
What Is Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse?
Nursing home abuse is the mistreatment or neglect of a resident by nursing home staff. Neglect is a form of abuse. It includes physical, emotional, and psychological abuse, including:
- Dehydration – failure to provide fluid
- Malnutrition – failure to meet a resident’s nutritional needs
- Bed sores
- Over Medication or Medication Errors
- Failure to clean or bathe
- Injuries from falls – most falls are preventable
- Physical or sexual assault
- Use of restraints (physical or chemical restraints)
- Verbal abuse or intimidation
- Financial exploitation (e.g., illicit use of a resident’s financial resources)
Signs and Symptoms of Abuse
Elder abuse is difficult to detect. Often times, the elder is unable to adequately communicate abuse, so nonverbal warning signs must be assessed. Warning signs of nursing home abuse include dehydration, malnutrition, bed sores, over medication, falls, under staffing, emotional distress, and personal injury (including broken bones, slip-and-fall injuries, and catastrophic injuries). Learn more about the signs and symptoms of elder abuse.
Further signs can be exhibited by tension between the elder and the caregiver or a change in the elder’s personality, behavior or disposition. Physical warning signs can also be present, often in the form of unexplained bruises on the elder’s body, scratches or cuts, or even drowsiness, chapped lips, or a vacant stare due to over medication. Signs of neglect can be exhibited by poor hygiene, uncut and dirty finger and toenails, bed sores, or unexplained weight loss.
If you suspect that a member of your family is the victim of nursing home neglect, abuse or negligence, our attorneys in Sacramento or Fairfield can help. Contact York Law Firm today to schedule a consultation. You may also call toll-free at 800-939-1832 or complete a brief questionnaire for a free, private case evaluation.
Nursing Home Abuse Law
State and federal law mandates that nursing home facilities owe their residents a duty of care. When a care facility fails to uphold its duty of care and this failure causes a resident to be injured, the facility can be held liable. Since complex medical malpractice and personal injury laws may bear upon nursing home abuse cases, it is crucial that plaintiffs hire experienced nursing home abuse attorneys to represent their cases.
Contact Our Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If someone you love has suffered an injury because of nursing home abuse or neglect, you need the counsel of an experienced attorney. Contact York Law Firm to schedule a case evaluation with one of our nursing home abuse attorneys. Our lawyers serve Sacramento, Fairfield, and nearby Northern California areas.
- California Laws Protecting the Elderly
- How to Select the Right Nursing Home
- Emotional Abuse and Neglect
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Verbal Abuse
- Elder Neglect
- Improper Use of Restraints
- Feeding Tube Errors
- Medication Errors
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Falls and Fractures
- Bed Sores
- Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Auereus (MRSA)