Agoura Hills Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Nursing home abuse is more common than many of us would care to know. Every year, thousands of families are impacted by abuse in nursing homes across the country. According to the World Health Organization, one in six people aged 60 or older experiences some form of abuse every year, and the rates of abuse in nursing homes and long-term care facilities are even higher.
The nursing home abuse lawyers at the Halpern Law Firm have years of experience helping victims of malpractice and their families get the compensation and the justice they deserve. If your elderly loved one was harmed by abusive nurses, physicians, or other nursing home staff, we’re here for you. We’ll help you get your family members to safety and ensure that the abusive nursing home is not allowed to get away with their wrongdoing.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can, unfortunately, take many forms. In addition to physical abuse, nursing home residents may be subjected to a variety of emotional, psychological, and even financial abuse. At the Halpern Law Firm, we help nursing home residents and their families seek justice after all types of nursing home abuse, including the following:
- Physical abuse of residents, including punching, kicking, choking, shaking, biting, scratching, or inappropriately restraining residents
- Sexual abuse, including sexual acts committed by nursing home staff, other residents, and third parties
- Financial abuse, including exploitative acts such as tricking residents into signing or altering legal documents or transferring money and assets
- Emotional or psychological abuse, such as screaming, demeaning, belittling, humiliating, isolating, or ignoring residents
- Deliberate neglect, such as depriving residents of meals, water, clean clothes, clean bedding, and other necessities
Nursing homes are responsible for ensuring that the residents in their care are kept safe and treated appropriately. If nursing home staff are committing acts of abuse, or if they are permitting abuse committed by other residents or third parties to take place under their watch, they can and should be held liable for their actions. Your elderly loved one deserves a happy, healthy, and safe living environment, and the Halpern Law Firm is here to help you ensure that’s what they get.
How to Identify Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse is so insidious because it preys on the most vulnerable population. Elderly residents are often unable to speak up on their own behalf because they are intimidated or lack the mental capacity to either identify abuse or remember that it occurred. If you are concerned that your loved one may be the victim of abuse in a nursing home, there are many signs and symptoms to look out for. Signs of nursing home abuse can include the following:
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Unexplained physical injuries, including bite marks, scratch marks, restraint marks on the wrists or ankles, broken bones, bruises, or redness
- Unusual mood and demeanor changes, including fear, anxiety, depression, and isolation
- Frequent illness
- Changes in cognitive abilities, including sudden cognitive decline
- Fear of speaking around nursing home staff or talking about the conditions at the home
- Poor hygiene
- Gross conditions in the bedrooms, bathrooms, or common areas
Call Our Southern California Nursing Home Abuse Law Firm Today
If your loved one has been the victim of abuse in a nursing home in Southern California, the compassionate and effective nursing home abuse legal team at the Halpern Law Firm is here to help. We fight to get you the compensation you and your family deserve after nursing home abuse. Call us at (818) 785-5999 today for a Free No-Risk Confidential Consultation. These cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t be charged any attorney’s fees unless we win.