Finding out that your loved one suffered detrimental health consequences due to poor hygiene at their nursing home can be upsetting. When you moved your relative to a nursing home, you had hoped they would be well cared for, with dignity and respect. Witnessing neglect of helpless seniors is heartbreaking.
Unfortunately, poor hygiene is not only unsightly and upsetting, but it can also cause several illnesses and infections, including but not limited to:
- Urinary tract infections
- Respiratory infections
- Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
- Fungal skin infections
Poor hygiene in the nursing home can also cause or contribute to countless other illnesses in the elderly.
If you have seen your loved one suffer due to poor hygiene in a San Francisco nursing home, you may have legal recourse. According to the California Department of Public Health, staff in a nursing home failing to assist a resident with personal hygiene and grooming needs, is nursing home neglect. Contact San Francisco soiled clothes or other signs of poor hygiene lawyer Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today to determine whether you have a case.
Signs of Poor Hygiene and Neglect
Signs of poor hygiene in the nursing home can be more than just noticing that your loved one looks unkempt. Chances are that in a nursing home where personal hygiene of residents is lacking, hygiene may also be lacking in other areas, for example regarding the cleanliness of the entire facility or with food preparation. All this can put seniors at serious risk from adverse health conditions and even death.
Some of the signs pointing to general poor hygiene and neglect in a facility can be:
- Residents with soiled clothes
- Unpleasant odors
- Dirty bedding
- Dirty bathrooms and common areas
A nursing home should have high standards of cleanliness and sanitization to keep the surroundings free of germs and bacteria that can potentially threaten the health of seniors. Likewise, poor personal hygiene of residents can lead to infections of the urinary tract and skin, such as bedsores, that can be painful and hard to cure once established.
If you have witnessed poor hygiene in your loved one’s nursing home, and they have suffered from infections or other health troubles that point to poor hygiene, you may wish to get legal advice from a San Francisco soiled clothes or other signs of poor hygiene lawyer.
Poor Hygiene Lawsuit Compensation
If your loved one suffered from infections or any other devastating health effects from poor hygiene in their nursing home, you could potentially file a personal injury lawsuit against the nursing home. Not assisting nursing home residents with their personal hygiene on a daily basis, or not cleaning and changing clothes and bedding frequently, is nursing home abuse and neglect. The types of compensation you could expect will depend on the severity of the case and the injuries of your loved one, however, compensation could be for:
- Medical costs and future medical costs
- Costs of prescription drugs
- Costs for medical devices
- Transportation costs
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain and anguish
There may be other types of compensation available for your specific case. You could also potentially receive punitive damages in addition to any compensatory awards if a nursing home was particularly negligent and abusive towards your loved one.
Speaking to your San Francisco soiled clothes or other signs of poor hygiene lawyer can help you find out which type of compensation you could receive. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now for your free no-obligation case review.
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California Statute of Limitations
Acting quickly in a poor hygiene nursing home abuse case can be beneficial. Not only will it potentially be easier to gather evidence and witnesses when acting in a timely manner, receiving compensation can also help the senior move on and recover mentally and physically.
It is also important to consider any time-limits the state of California has set for personal injury cases. The statute of limitations in California has a general time limit of two years starting with the date of the injury. However, if you are intending to sue a government entity, you will most likely need to file an “administrative claim” with the government, before filing in court. For personal injury, you may need to file an administrative claim within six months of the injury. Not observing the statute of limitations or administrative claim deadlines may render your claim invalid, so acting quickly when you are planning on legal action is advisable.
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We Can Fight for Your Loved-One’s Rights
Nursing home abuse of our elders is egregious as well as upsetting and heartbreaking for a loved one’s family. However, you have the option of holding the nursing home to account for their failures.
There can be many reasons for poor hygiene in the nursing home, but almost all revolve around the nursing home trying to increase profits. Not having enough staff, or not having enough trained and qualified staff, for example, can make it almost impossible for a nursing home to have good hygiene standards.
However, your loved one and other residents should not have to suffer due to a nursing home putting profits over resident’s needs, or by nursing home staff being careless. It is important that we hold nursing homes to account for this neglect in order to make them safer and more pleasant places for our seniors to reside in.
We understand that it can feel daunting to stand up to a nursing home, but you do not have to do this alone. A San Francisco soiled clothes or other signs of poor hygiene lawyer can help you with all aspects of building a case against a negligent nursing home. We do not shy away from holding nursing homes to account and can gather evidence, witnesses, and medical reports to build your case.
Working with us is risk-free for you as there are no upfront attorney’s fees. We get paid when we win your case. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today and let one of our team advise you on how you could get justice and compensation.