Your family member’s care home has a duty to keep them safe and free from abuse, neglect, and other harm. If your loved one suffered an accident while residing in a San Francisco memory care facility, our lawyer could help you hold the facility responsible and recover financial damages.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has more than 50 years of combined experience serving victims and their families. We can help you stand up for your loved one’s rights. Let our team:
- Investigate your loved one’s accident
- Calculate your awards
- File an insurance claim against the facility
- Collect evidence to support your claims
- Handle insurance negotiations
- Help you relocate your loved one to another facility
- Assist with a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, if necessary
Our firm can take your case on contingency, meaning you pay us nothing upfront or out of pocket. Our fees come from your settlement. If we do not win compensation for you and your loved one, we do not get paid.
Your Loved One Could Be Entitled to Financial Awards
Memory care facilities provide residents with a structured, secure, and calm environment. Caregivers should assist with daily living and make sure those under their supervision receive meals, medications, and help with their tasks.
When facilities are not properly staffed, the staff is inadequately trained, or neglect and/or abuse occur, injuries and fatalities can occur. Your loved one’s memory care facility may owe your family member compensation if they suffered from:
- A fall
- A medication error
- Cuts, bruises, or burns
- An infection
- Broken bones
- A head injury
We Can Help You Pursue the Awards Your Loved One Deserves
If your loved one’s accident was the fault of their memory care facility and/or caregivers, our lawyer in the San Francisco area can help you with your case. We can help you seek to make the facility pay for your loved one’s medical treatment and other damages.
Your loved one also may be entitled to:
- Economic damages. These are awards for monetary losses related to your loved one’s memory care facility fees and accident-induced medical treatment. You could win compensation for health care bills related to your loved one’s accident, including future care needs, such as rehabilitation and physical therapy.
You could also win reimbursement for fees paid to the care facility and a settlement to help relocate your family member to another residence. If your loved one died because of their injuries, you could win wrongful death compensation for their funeral and burial expenses.
- Non-economic damages. Some damages are not so easily quantified. Your loved one may deserve compensation for their physical pain and emotional suffering. Some injuries, such as falls, can cause hip fractures and other injuries that can lead to an overall physical decline and reduction in quality of life. Injuries can also cause depression, anxiety, and mental anguish.
An attorney can help you calculate and fight for a sum for your loved one’s pain and suffering. In some cases, if you lost a spouse or parent because of a memory care facility accident, you may seek awards for your pain and suffering.
California Assembly Bill (AB) 1523 requires that all Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) carry liability insurance to pay for injuries caused by the facility’s or staff’s negligence. Our lawyer can help you pursue an insurance claim against the San Francisco-based memory care facility.
If you cannot recover damages through an insurance settlement, an attorney may be able to assist you with a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. If you must take legal action, you have two years to file your case in court, according to the statutes of limitations outlined in the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1.
Poorly Trained Staff Can Lead to Substandard Care
Caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can present unique challenges. In California, assisted living facilities that provide memory care must have staff specially trained to deal with issues related to these conditions.
According to the California Assisted Living Association (CALA), caregivers who work with residents with dementia must have 12 hours of dementia care training, which includes instruction on:
- The special care needs of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients
- Common dementia-related medications
- Medication misuse
- Supervision and security
- Assisting with daily living
Be Aware of the Signs of Abuse and Neglect
If your loved one’s accident was the result of poor staff training, your lawyer could use this as evidence to help prove negligence. Sometimes, negligence is unintentional, but negligence can also be purposefully inflicted as a form of abuse. Other forms of abuse include physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological (emotional) abuse, and financial exploitation.
Frequent and unexplained accidents are a warning sign of elder abuse. Other signs of abuse may include:
- Residents who have dirty nails, hair, and clothing
- Unhygienic facility conditions
- Changes in your loved one’s behavior, such as acting aggressively, exhibiting signs of trauma, or developing sleep disorders
- Frantic staff members or staff members who avoid questions about your loved one’s care
- Signs your loved one is afraid of or particularly upset by a staff member(s)
- Use of medications to control residents’ behavior
If you suspect your loved one suffered abuse, you can report it immediately to the Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman 24-hour hotline at 1-800-231-4024. For more information on how to contact your local LTC ombudsman, visit the California Department of Aging.
Let Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Serve You and Your Family
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has helped thousands of clients from across the country stand up against elder abuse, neglect, and mistreatment. Whatever the root cause of your loved one’s injuries, the bottom line is that their care home failed to keep them safe.
Our San Francisco lawyer can help you hold those responsible for your loved one’s injuries accountable after a memory care facility accident. Our team will not back down until we have done all we can to get the compensation your loved one deserves. Call us today at (800) 842-6336 for a free consultation.