Sacramento Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Has your elderly loved one become a victim of abuse in a Sacramento County nursing home?
At the law offices of the Arnold Law Firm, our Sacramento nursing home abuse lawyers offer free initial case reviews and we only get paid when we obtain a settlement or recovery for your case.
There are no upfront costs and we are ready to help you today.
To find out how we can help with your claim, contact our experienced legal professionals at (916) 777-7777
Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home residents are uniquely vulnerable to abuse and neglect. Most suffer from physical limitations and are dependent on others for assistance in basic daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating and using the toilet.
It's these same limitations and frailties that can make the results of abuse and neglect disastrous for an elderly family member. Abuse and neglect can cause death, illness or unnecessary health decline, shortened life, and decreased quality of life with signs of abuse and neglect being quite difficult to detect.
Sadly, our elderly loved ones may not be aware of the abuse or neglect that they are enduring, and if they are, they may be reluctant to report abuse or neglect out of fear or shame.
Some common symptoms can include (but are not limited to):
Abuse typically means causing intentional pain or harm. According to the National Citizens Coalition of Nursing Home Reform, nursing home abuse often includes physical, mental, verbal, psychological, and sexual abuse, physical punishment, or intentional, unreasonable seclusion.
The Nursing Home Reform Coalition provides these examples of nursing home abuse:
- Physical abuse from a staff member or an intruder or visitor from outside the facility including: hitting, pinching, shoving, force-feeding, scratching, slapping, and spitting
- Psychological or emotional abuse including: berating, ignoring, ridiculing, or cursing at a resident, threats of punishment or deprivation
- Sexual abuse including improper touching or coercion to perform sexual acts
- Rough handling during care giving, medicine administration, or moving a resident
As a responsible family member, it's often important to look for telltale signs that your loved one is being subjected to incorrect treatment at their care facility. Some things to be on the lookout for include changes in the behavior or demeanor of a resident including nervousness, increased agitation or fear.
Neglect in nursing homes is generally much more prevalent than abuse and can just as easily lead to death or serious injury.
A study on nursing home abuse that was presented to Congress had this to say on the topic of abuse: The daily misery, indignity, preventable decline, and premature death caused by neglect in nursing homes is truly a national tragedy.
According to the National Citizens Coalition of Nursing Home Reform, types of nursing home neglect can include:
- Incorrect body positioning which can lead to limb contractures and skin breakdown
- Lack of toileting or changing of disposable briefs which causes incontinence and results in nursing home residents sitting in urine and feces, increased falls and agitation, indignity and skin breakdown
- Lack of assistance with eating and drinking which can to malnutrition and dehydration
- Lack of assistance with walking which leads to lack of mobility
- Lack of bathing which can to indignity and poor hygiene
- Poor hand-washing techniques which can lead to infection
- Lack of assistance with participating in activities of interest which can lead to withdrawal and isolation
- Ignoring call bells or cries for help
Unfortunately, neglect in a nursing home can be even more difficult to detect than abuse as many ailments can be attributed to age and the overall physical health of the resident.
However, if you believe a family member may be a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, we can help. We stand behind our belief that your loved one deserves respect and will fight for the justice you deserve.
Handling Nursing Home Insurance Policy Underwriters
Due to the difficulty in proving who is to blame, investigating nursing home injuries is a complicated process that requires a dedicated and experienced attorney. The individual or company that owns the nursing home and their insurance company are likely to field a talented legal team ready to defend their wrongdoing.
As highly-skilled individuals in their industry, it is the primary function of insurance company investigators to minimize any compensation payout to victims if at all. They are trained to obtain sensitive information from injury victims and their families when at their most vulnerable.
Don't become a victim.
At the Arnold Law Firm, our lawyers have decades of experience and an established track record of success. We are aware of the tactics that insurance companies use on personal injury claimants and can help guide you safely past the pitfalls that can arise during litigation.
What Does It Cost To Hire A Lawyer From The Arnold Law Firm?
Everyone at the Arnold Law Firm strongly believes that everyone should have access to comprehensive legal counsel.
With this in mind, we work on a contingency-only basis. What that means is that we do not charge clients for our fees and services unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for them.
If you are unsure whether you have a case or not, we also offer a 100% FREE initial case review. This allows potential clients to provide our lawyers with the details of their case, which we will review and then determine if there are grounds to file a lawsuit.
Should we determine that you have a case, we will advise on the best way to move forward with proceedings.
Contact Our Sacramento Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Today
Have you or a loved one become a victim of nursing home abuse? Do you fear your family member may be among those nursing home residents who have been injured because of neglect or abuse. If so, please contact us today. We have detailed knowledge of California's nursing home abuse laws and will fight for your rights.
Our lawyers are licensed to practice law across the entire state of California and there are no upfront costs for us to review the details of your claim.
To learn more about your legal options, call us today at (916) 777-7777. A member from our intake team will collect some information about your case and then quickly refer you to one of our attorneys. We offer free case reviews and only get paid when we win.