Every Veterans Day, our nation pays tribute to the brave men and women who served our country. Yet each day, many elderly veterans who live in nursing homes are being abused or neglected.
This is not only morally reprehensible; it is a crime. In addition, you and your loved one may be entitled to financial awards for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses.
If your loved one is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. Once your parent or spouse is in a safe place, call us today for legal help.
For a free case review at your home, hospital, our office, or by telephone, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today.
How We Can Help
We recover compensation and justice for other clients who also suffered nursing home abuse and neglect.
Our law firm can help you and your loved one in several ways:
- Report the abuse or neglect to the proper agencies and authorities.
- Gather evidence, documentation, and testimony about the abuse or neglect.
- Notify the nursing home, their lawyers, insurance company, or other representatives about our intent to file a lawsuit.
- Communicate and negotiate a settlement that is agreeable to you and your loved one.
In some instances, the nursing home will not compromise nor negotiate in good faith. Our legal team can bring your case to trial. Our attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will not hesitate to take on challenging cases or powerful defendants.
We Establish Liability and Negligence
If a Los Angeles veterans neglect and abuse lawyer proves negligence against a nursing home, they could pay for damages that are a result of physical and emotional injuries.
There are several ways in which a nursing home can be negligent.
Negligent Hiring and Employee Training
Nursing homes are obligated to hire employees who are properly qualified. This includes the requisite academic or professional degrees for their position and a clean background check, without a record of violence or abuse. Nursing homes are also responsible for ensuring that employees are trained in the accepted standard of care for elderly residents.
When nursing homes cut corners or do not thoroughly investigate employee backgrounds, they can be held liable.
Nursing home aides provide the majority of the care for residents, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Aides compromised nearly 60 percent of all staff hours, more than twice the number of hours than registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, vocational nurses, and social workers.
While some aides are dedicated to their residents, they are often overworked and overwhelmed due to staffing shortages. A nursing home may be liable for employing too few staff members or not having enough staff hours filled by nurses.
Our lawyers see nursing home abuse inflicted upon residents not only by staff members, but from other residents. A nursing home that fails to protect its residents from attacks by other residents, guests of other residents, or by another third-party may be held liable for your damages.
For a free legal consultation with an veterans neglect and abuse lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
We Protect Your Loved One’s Legal Rights
Any nursing home, whether it is part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or a private facility, has an obligation to its residents to provide a safe environment without violence or abuse. California Statute 15610.07 clearly defines elder abuse that may be liable to criminal and civil legal actions.
A Los Angeles veterans neglect and abuse lawyer can protect your loved one’s rights while vigorously pursuing compensation and justice. This lets you focus on you and your loved one.
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Seeking Awards for Damages on Your Behalf
A lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm works for you on a contingency basis. This means that you do not owe attorney fees or upfront costs. We are paid from a portion of the compensation that we recover on your behalf.
Each case is different, but you may recover compensation that includes:
- Emergency medical care and treatment
- Rehabilitative care
- Mental health counseling and wellness
- Property damage
- Relocation expenses
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of companionship
You are not alone in your pursuit of compensation and justice. We have elderly loved ones too, and we will stand up to predatory and abusive nursing homes.
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Aging Veterans Often Need Significant Care
According to the Federal Practitioner, veterans tend to have poorer health and more medical issues than other senior citizens. They may have extensive disabilities or challenges, particularly if they are combat veterans. Veterans are also more likely to suffer from service-related mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The fact that aged veterans tend to be more reliant on their caregivers also makes them an easier target for abuse or neglect. The typical nursing home abuser will prey on the most vulnerable residents because they are less likely (or able) to fight back or to report the incident.
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Know the Signs of Abuse and Neglect
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a list of warning signs on its website which include:
- Unexplained bumps, cuts, bruises, or burns
- Dirty, unkempt appearance and lack of hygiene
- Sudden withdrawal of favorite activities
- Missing money or valuables
If you suspect abuse or neglect, do not hesitate to act. Your loved one’s health and life may be in danger.
Call Our Firm Today
A Los Angeles veterans neglect and abuse lawyer can seek compensation and justice for you and your spouse or parent. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free case review.