Nursing homes, sometimes referred to as “skilled nursing facilities” or other terms in the state of California, are essential places of residence for those who cannot care adequately for themselves. While state and federal regulations govern these facilities, laws may not prevent your loved one from becoming the victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
If a suspicious accident leads you to believe that your loved one has been mistreated in their nursing home, you have the right to call a Los Angeles nursing home accident lawyer for advice or legal assistance. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 for a free case review.
COVID-19 Shines Light on Nursing Homes’ Shortcomings
The global COVID-19 outbreak has put nursing homes the world over in the spotlight, as they house the most uniformly at-risk demographic. The Guardian reported on how not all of California’s nursing homes have fared well under such scrutiny:
- Nursing homes in California are, by and large, underregulated or poorly regulated.
- Issues related to chronic understaffing plague nursing homes in California.
- Nursing home staffers and administrators failed to communicate at critical junctures with the families of nursing home residents.
- Inexperience, lack of preparedness, and other issues relating to California’s nursing homes have put the public at greater risk of infection.
It would be unfair to assume that every nursing home in the Los Angeles area are hotspots for negligence and other shortcomings that may put your loved one at risk. However, coronavirus has served as a reminder that you must remain a vigilant guardian of your loved one’s safety, especially if they are in somebody else’s care.
When you spot a problem in a nursing home, there is always a chance that it may not be isolated and could instead be indicative of institutional failures. In other words, if your loved one has had an “accident” in their nursing home, it could be more than a mere accident.
A Nursing Home Accident Could Be Reason for You to Investigate Further
If your loved one suffered an accident in a nursing home, you may want to do the following:
- Speak with administrators at the nursing home where your loved one lives.
- Speak with any individual staffer who was, or should have been, present at the reported time of the incident.
- Ask questions until you receive answers that leave you feeling assured that wrongdoing did not account for your loved one’s injuries.
You deserve a valid explanation for why your loved one was injured and why a staffer did not prevent the accident from occurring. If you do not receive credible responses to your questions, you may want to proceed under the assumption that your loved one is not being cared for properly.
Some of the next steps that you could take include:
- Calling law enforcement to report any suspicions that you have about your loved one being mistreated.
- Contacting the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to alert them of your suspicions.
- Calling a law firm to inquire about any legal action that could help protect your loved one from future harm and obtain justice for past wrongdoing.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today and speak with a team member about how a Los Angeles nursing home accident lawyer could help you fight for your loved one’s rights.
For a free legal consultation with a nursing home accidents lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
Nursing Home Accidents May Be Grounds for Litigation
A nursing home accident could involve various forms of negligence. An investigation into a nursing home accident may reveal negligent acts by nursing home administrators, staffers, or residents.
If your loved one’s nursing home accident came as the result of a fall, then possible forms of contributory negligence include:
- Failure to monitor your loved one.
- Failure to physically assist your loved one.
- Shoving your loved one.
- Failing to provide mobility assistance, such as a walker or wheelchair, to your loved one.
- Tripping your loved one.
Some of the injuries that could happen when an elderly person falls include:
- Broken hips.
- Broken bones in the arms and hands.
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries.
- Damage to internal organs.
- Internal bleeding, which could be deadly if it is not detected immediately.
If you determine that your loved one’s accident stemmed from one or more types of negligence, a lawyer and their team may be able to help you take legal action to pursue compensation.
How a Lawyer Can Contribute to Your Lawsuit
If your loved one is elderly, you might be able to initiate a lawsuit on their behalf. A nursing home lawyer can help you in several respects. Some of a lawyer’s duties might include:
- Documenting or obtaining documentation of your loved one’s injuries.
- Documenting negligence by employees of the nursing home.
- Organizing evidence into a case that your loved one is entitled to compensation.
- Handling all day-to-day legal aspects of your lawsuit.
- Hiring experts and investigators to help pursue your lawsuit.
- Defending your rights.
- Seeking justice for your loved one.
If your lawsuit results in a settlement or the court finds that negligence occurred and caused harm to your loved one, you could collect various awards. Such awards may include compensation for their pain and suffering, the cost of their stay at the nursing home, and any other losses stemming from mistreatment.
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The team at Pintas & Mullins will strive to protect your loved one from any further harm while seeking justice for past wrongs. You will pay nothing out of pocket, and we only receive a fee if we secure compensation for your loved one.
Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 to find out how one of our Los Angeles nursing home accident lawyers can help you pursue justice for your loved one.