Nursing home abuse is a serious problem in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one in six Americans over the age of 65 have experienced abuse in some form in a nursing home or senior care facility in the past year.
If you or someone you love has suffered abuse at the hands of professional caretakers, don’t wait any longer to contact the Irvine personal injury attorneys at OnderLaw . We have decades of experience assisting Irvine residents and others get the help they need by filing personal injury claims and lawsuits against negligent nursing homes. Call today for a free consultation, and let us review your case to determine whether you’re eligible for compensation. You’re under no obligation, and the consultation will be totally confidential. Call OnderLaw today.
Per the CDC, nursing home abuse is defined as the “intentional act or failure to act that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult.” Any action or inaction that causes harm to a resident of a nursing home or senior care facility qualifies as abuse.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is a serious problem, not just in California but across the United States. The most rapidly growing population segment is Americans over 65, according to the U.S. Census, and as life expectancy continues to increase, more and more members of this segment of the population will be moved into assisted living facilities, increasing the chances of abuse.
Abuse is very common. The WHO states that two out of three staff members of nursing homes have admitted to abusing a nursing home resident in the last year. This is likely a low figure, as only one in 24 cases of abuse are reported.
There are many types of nursing home abuse, such as:
Preventing nursing home abuse takes knowing what to look for. Be on the lookout for these signs of nursing home abuse in your loved one:
Emotional or psychological abuse:
If you spot any of the signs listed above, it’s important to act quickly to protect your loved one. There’s no telling how long the abuse has been going on or if any other residents in the facility are experiencing it as well. Here are some steps to take:
While following these steps, remember to keep a paper trail. Any documentation or evidence you can provide your attorney regarding what steps you’ve already taken will be invaluable when building a claim or filing suit.
Here is some contact information for local authorities that can assist with elder abuse cases:
Orange County Adult Protective Services Hotline, manned 24 hours: 1-800-451-5155
Council on Aging Southern California Ombudsman for Orange County: 1-800-300-6222
We help Irvine residents obtain compensation through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. In order to do so, we must prove that negligence occurred. We must be able to show with documentation that the nursing facility had a responsibility to act in a certain way, didn’t act as they should, and their faulty action ended in an accident or injury.
The amount we may be able to obtain depends on the severity of the injury and the circumstances surrounding it. The more severe the injury, the more compensation you’re likely to obtain. For example, if your loved one suffered mild dehydration due to a caretaker’s forgetfulness, you’ll likely receive less compensation than you would for an abuse case involving a caretaker stealing thousands of dollars from a resident. We won’t be able to provide an estimate until we’ve fully reviewed your case.
Determining the amount to demand is done by reviewing the material and immaterial losses, or damages, you or your loved one suffered as a result of the abuse.
Damages that relate to the injury itself and not the costs of treating it are called noneconomic damages. Some examples include the following:
Damages that have a specific monetary value are called economic damages. These are any and all costs related to treating the injury or dealing with the consequences. There are several categories, such as:
Here is some statistical information regarding nursing home abuse in Orange County and elsewhere:
You should choose OnderLaw because we have the experience and skills to get the help you need, and we have the understanding and compassion to treat you as you deserve to be treated. We will use all resources available to aggressively fight for your just compensation and provide the support your family needs during this difficult time. We know that behind the statistics and facts regarding the abuse is a life that deserves respect and dignity.
We don’t want financial constraints to be a barrier to good legal counsel, which is why there are no up-front costs for our services. We only take payment if we’re successful in getting you compensation. If we aren’t successful, we don’t get paid.
Our attorneys are standing by to take your call. Call OnderLaw today to schedule a free consultation and let us review your case. California’s time limit on personal injury lawsuits is two years from the date of injury, so time is a factor.
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