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Victims of nursing home abuse have rights

Placing a loved in a nursing home can be a difficult decision for any California family. If your family finds it is necessary to move a family member to a full-time care facility, you do so with the expectation that he or she will receive care that meets a certain standard. It can be devastating to learn that he or she received substandard care and experienced pain and suffering.

If you believe that your loved one is a victim of any type of nursing home abuse, you would be wise to take quick action on his or her behalf. No matter what type of abuse he or she experienced, it is possible to hold liable parties accountable and seek rightful compensation.

Who is liable for nursing home abuse?

Proving that a facility or care provider is responsible for the suffering experienced by your loved one can be a complex and difficult process. However, with knowledgeable guidance, it is possible to build a claim that holds the liable parties accountable for any type of abuse or neglect suffered in a nursing home. You may have grounds to move forward with a civil claim on behalf of a loved one if you have evidence of any of the following:

  • Negligent maintenance: This can lead to issues such as slip-and-fall accidents and other injuries stemming from dangerous property conditions and unnecessary hazards.
  • Negligent supervision and care: Your loved one’s injuries and suffering could be the result of lack of proper care and assistance from facility staff.
  • Negligent employment practices: When health care facilities do not train employees or hire individuals with questionable backgrounds, it can lead to personal harm to nursing home patients.
  • Negligent care of equipment: Poorly maintained equipment or lack of equipment and tools needed for care and support of nursing home residents can be a threat to their personal well-being.

Whether you believe that your loved one is the victim of physical abuse or suffered because of a lack of care or poorly trained staff, you have the right to explore your legal options.

Recovery for your loved one

Nursing home residents have the right to expect care that meets a certain standard. When care facilities fail in their duty to provide reasonable care and supervision, your loved one could be eligible for compensation related to medical care, pain and suffering and more. An investigation into the situation can reveal what happened to your loved one and identify the most appropriate course of action for you.