The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is one not taken lightly. Adults who ponder the issue are rightly concerned, not only about the feelings of the elderly person going to stay in assisted living facilities but also whether they will be treated with neglect or abused. The public is right to be concerned, as a 2013 ProPublica investigation showed. Out of the 7,700 nursing homes in the state, few paid fines for malfeasance. What’s worse is that the California Department of Social Services had no hard data on how many incidents of injuries occurred to the residents of those facilities.
If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home, Contact our experienced California personal injury attorney at Johnson Attorneys group today. Give us a call at 1-800-208-3538 to schedule a free consultation.
Reports of Serious Injuries in California Nursing Homes
However, anecdotal stories exist. Workers at one nursing home in Auburn failed to give a resident proper care, resulting in the patient’s death. A report on the facilities in San Diego found 27 deaths caused by negligence and 80 instances where workers made gross errors in resident care.
Negligence by nursing home workers can lead to fatal or life-threatening injuries. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that as many as 800,000 seniors are hospitalized across the country because of falling down. The CDC also notes that 1 to 3 million people suffer from infections while at a nursing home, and approximately 380,000 people require hospitalization because of these infections. In 2004, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services reported an outbreak of Hepatitis B among diabetic patients in a nursing home because of substandard medical practices like sharing testing needles and not wearing gloves while administering the tests.
Nursing Homes Must Compensate Those Injured Through Negligence
These facilities owe a special duty of care to their elderly residents. In these instances, the facilities are liable for the harm they caused. They breached their duty of care by failing to properly care for their residents, and so the law says the nursing homes must compensate those who were injured because of their negligence. In the case of the Hepatitis outbreak, the facility failed to provide ordinary care. Residents may slip and fall because the nursing home did not meet their duty to properly maintain the building.
Nursing homes are often part of large national chains with an army of lawyers ready to fight against any claim of negligence. At Johnson Attorneys Group, we want to help those injured in a nursing home recover from their injuries and be fairly compensated for those injuries. We also recognize that there are many excellent long-term care facilities in California, and we want to help those who suffered a bad experience find the best care the state has to offer. We won’t ask you to pay a fee unless we win or settle your case successfully.
- Medical treatment of the injury
- Outpatient care
- Pain and suffering felt by the injured person as a result of the negligent actions or failure to act
- Punitive damages if the facility workers knew proper medical procedures and didn’t follow them or were grossly negligent – reckless in their treatment of the residents.
California Nursing Home Accident Attorneys
Our personal injury lawyer at Johnson Attorneys Group can help you fight the insurance companies and their highly paid experts who may stand between you and fair compensation for your California nursing home accident injuries. Our California attorney is a skilled negotiator and litigator who can help you get the maximum compensation that you deserve. Johnson Attorneys Group does not charge you for any services unless they settle or win your case against the nursing home. Call 1-800-208-3538 for a free consultation regarding your case.