Nursing home abuse occurs when a dependent senior adult is mistreated within a unit or facility where he or she should have been treated for and the elderly expected a trust relationship with its caregiver. The result of such actions can lead to harm or distress to old individuals and California regulates the mistreatment of elderly individuals be enforcing the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act.
Patients and family members of patients who have been the victims of physical abuse, neglect, abandonment or isolation within a nursing home can seek the help of a Los Angeles personal injury attorney and receive compensations for the emotional or physical suffering.
Laws for nursing homes, presented by our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys
The state of California regulates the manner in which nursing homes operate and issues licenses for this type of establishments. Nursing homes must comply with specific regulations and ensure that their residents receive adequate care. The standards for personal care deal with:
- food and nutrition,
- accommodation facilities,
- daily care,
- hygiene for the residents,
- personal care and assistance,
- activities for the elderly,
- providing dental and medical care, when needed.
Although it may be hard for elderly individuals to seek help themselves, as a relative, you can, under certain circumstances, file a lawsuit for nursing home abuse. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers can help you identify physical and emotional elder abuse and even financial abuse that may occur in a long-term care facility within the state of California. Other individuals can also report any reasonably suspected crimes against an elder individual. California also has an Ombudsman’s Office that handles reports of abuses that occur in nursing homes.
The employees working in a nursing home can report acts of elder and dependent adult abuse and are under a legal duty to do so under the mandated reporter's section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code. Employees can legally report any known or suspected elder abuse that may take place in a nursing home in California. Different institutions can have different internal reporting policies. The employer has no right to interfere with the employee’s legal obligations to report abuse.
The relatives of a victim that has been abused in a nursing home can also make a case against an employee who was aware of the incidents and failed to enforce his or her mandated reporter rights.
Our lawyers invite you to watch the following video about nursing home abuse cases:
Compensations for victims of nursing home abuse
There are a number of types of abuse recognized when dealing with a nursing home abuse case: physical, emotional, financial, neglect, scams, abandonment or institutional abuse. Depending on the case, our personal injury attorneys in California can help you gather evidence and make a solid case.