San Francisco Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Fighting for Victims of Nursing Home Negligence in California
When you entrust your beloved family member to the care of a skilled nursing facility or assisted living community, you never expect to see them suffer because of neglect or outright abuse. Unfortunately, at least 10% of all seniors experience some form of elder abuse or neglect, according to data gathered by the National Center on Elder Abuse. In many cases, these incidents take place within the walls of nursing home facilities, where seniors are often isolated and dependent on staff for their day-to-day needs.
At Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, our San Francisco attorneys can help those who have been injured or who have lost a loved one to nursing home abuse. With over three decades of experience advocating for injury victims in the Bay Area and beyond, our compassionate and experienced attorneys can help you hold nursing home staff accountable for their actions and protect future families from enduring the same losses.
UPATE: COVID-19 and nursing homes. The Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) have recommended additional requirements for nursing homes.
- Implement source control for everyone entering the facility;
- Require face coverings;
- Aggressively limit visitor interactions with patients;
- Implement sick leave policies for staff who may have been exposed to the virus to prevent the spread.
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Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Although “nursing home abuse” typically brings to mind physical injuries, there are many different ways that nursing home facilities can fail to account for resident’s needs. Once an elderly resident is admitted to the facility, the nursing home has an obligation to meet the medical “standard of care” required by law. That means keeping residents well-fed, sanitary, and in good health, as well as protecting them from staff or resident abuse.
Common types of nursing home abuse may include:
- Verbal threats
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Physical abuse, such as punching or slapping
- Sexual abuse and rape
- Withholding medical care
- Prescription administration errors
- Lack of supervision
- Bed sores/pressure sores due to lack of movement
Why Does Nursing Home Abuse Happen?
Experts often attribute nursing home abuse and neglect to a few key causes. While many nursing home staff members and medical care providers are deeply invested in protecting their residents, the sad truth is that far too many nursing homes across the country are severely understaffed. In 2018, Medicare lowered ratings for 11% of all nursing homes in the nation, after discovering that they had either failed to provide accurate payroll data or had inadequate levels of registered nursing staff in the facility. With nationwide staffing shortages, many nursing homes may be failing to hire and train the right personnel to help with resident concerns.
Some other key causes for nursing home abuse and neglect:
- Nursing home staff burnout due to long hours
- Lack of supervision
- Overcrowding rooms and beds for profit
- Fraud and financial exploitation
- Staffing gaps
Holding Nursing Homes Accountable for Your Loved One’s Injuries
It’s not always easy to see the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect, as it can be subtle, and victims may not be willing or able to speak up. However, if you notice that your loved one’s condition has deteriorated, or that they seem to be afraid of certain staff members or residents, you may need to investigate further and determine if they have been enduring nursing home abuse.
If you believe that your loved one has suffered serious injuries due to negligence, you may be able to sue both the nursing home facility and any care providers responsible for their losses. In the event of a death, you may also be able to file a wrongful death claim to seek justice in your loved one’s memory. At Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn, our award-winning San Francisco nursing home abuse attorneys have been advocating for victims since 1980, and we’ll help you understand all the legal avenues available to you.
Call (415) 940-7176 today to contact our team and explore your legal options.