When your loved one lives in a nursing home, you want him or her to live as safely and as healthy as possible. This requires that staff members and administrators at the facility have the correct training to care for your loved one properly. Sometimes, you may notice things at the nursing home that make you feel unsure about the care your loved one is receiving.
If your loved one dies at the nursing home, you may wonder if some sort of neglect or abuse played a role in their death. If so, consider hiring a Los Angeles death lawyer to stand by your side throughout the proceedings.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our team has seen how insurance companies treat victims of nursing home neglect and abuse. We believe those who allowed an abusive situation to persist should be held responsible for their actions.
Definition of Wrongful Death
According to California Code of Civil Procedure §377.60, a wrongful death occurs if one person has caused the death of another person through an act of neglect or through a deliberate act, such as through abuse. Under state law, a few different people related to the deceased have the right to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the victim, including:
- Domestic partner
Determining Whether You Have a Case
After the death of a loved one at a nursing home, you will be feeling quite a few emotions. You may feel confused, unsure whether your loved one died because of negligence or because of natural causes, but you do not want to accuse someone of negligence without the proper evidence.
If you have any suspicions, you may want to hire a Los Angeles death lawyer to figure out how to proceed in the case. The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is ready to study the facts in your case, determining exactly what happened.
We will study medical reports and incident reports at the nursing home, helping us tell the story of your loved one and determine whether someone should be held accountable for what happened. Contact us for a free consultation.
Potential Signs of Neglect
As we study the facts in the particular case involving your loved one, we may find a pattern of neglect that was occurring to your loved one and potentially to others in the same nursing home facility. This pattern may not have been obvious to you when you visited your loved one at the facility, but a study of the facts in the case can bring them to light.
Some of the potential signs of abuse at a nursing home that could lead to a fatality include:
- Use of physical restraints in an abusive manner or without medical necessity
- Use of medication to subdue a patient without medical necessity
- Unexplained changes to the victim’s medication schedule
- Errors in medication dosing or in the type of medication administered
- Withholding food or water as punishment
- Leaving patients unattended in a potentially dangerous situation
- Failure to help the victim maintain personal hygiene
- Failure to monitor the victim for a choking hazard
- Failure to help the patient move safely from location to location
These are not the only potential situations that could show neglectful treatment of a victim. Even something that may seem minor at the time, such as allowing a nursing home resident to sleep on soiled bedding, could lead to bed sores and a potentially fatal infection.
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Signs of Physical Abuse
Another way a nursing home resident could end up in a situation that could lead to a wrongful death is through physical abuse. The abuser could be someone on staff at the nursing home, or he or she could be another resident.
Either way, the nursing home administration has a duty to look for potential signs of abuse and put a stop to them, saving the residents from any potential harm.
How Physical Abuse Occurs
Sometimes, staff at the nursing home may become overwhelmed while caring for residents. This type of job can be stressful and frustrating. Still, the staff members must do everything they can to protect the residents of the facility.
If your loved one was suffering abuse at the nursing home before his or her death, some of the signs you may have seen include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Refusing to eat
- A fear of being left alone with certain staff members or certain residents
- Acting out in a violent manner for no easily identifiable reason
- Suddenly seeming distracted, depressed, or withdrawn
- Refusing to discuss new bruises or cuts
- Failing to follow his or her normal hygiene routine
Long-Term Emotional Abuse
Even if the abuse victim’s physical wounds heal over time and with medical care, it is possible that the victim will suffer from significant mental stress after the incident, according to the National Institute on Aging. This could lead to long-term health problems that could be tragic.
Staff at the nursing home needs to be able to spot these potential signs of mental stress and help the resident recover from them.
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Let Us Protect Your Right to Seek Compensation
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our team knows how to break down the facts in a nursing home death case, interviewing witnesses and studying medical records to determine exactly what happened. We do not shy away from taking on tough cases, as we attempt to seek justice for the victims.
After a wrongful death occurred at your loved one’s nursing home, consider hiring a Los Angeles death lawyer. We understand that a wrongful death lawsuit cannot bring your loved one back or ease your pain and suffering. Hopefully, by holding the nursing home responsible for its actions, others will not suffer the same fate.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not accept payment for our services until the case reaches a satisfactory settlement. Our fee comes from the final settlement.