Many many skilled nursing facilities have been revealed to be a hotbeds of neglect and abuse that put its residents at risk of grave danger and in direct harm. Blatant neglect by nurses, persistent roach and insect infestations, medical and hygiene neglect, bedsores, dehydration, malnutrition, numerous falls, infections, and the nursing staff ignoring basic health and safety standards, all appear to be chronic problems.
While nursing homes are supposed to be facilities where elderly and disabled people can be safe and well cared for, the opposite is too often true. Residents of nursing homes are often vulnerable and isolated and can easily fall victim to neglect or abuse by staff. This is especially true of the residents who are unable to speak up against injustice and advocate for themselves. Warning signs that may indicate mistreatment may easily go unnoticed by family or visitors, and unreported by employees.
Bruising or fractures, scratches or avoidance of physical contact may be symptoms of physical abuse. Bed sores or lack of medical attention may indicate medical neglect, while signs of personal hygiene neglect may encompass an uncared for appearance or soiled clothing. Social, psychological or emotional neglect are also forms of mistreatment and warning signs may include listlessness, depression, non-responsive behavior or anxiousness.
In the most severe cases, abuse and neglect at nursing homes can even lead to wrongful death. It is important to note that even though “nursing homes are considered health care providers, allegations and proof of Elder Abuse, can lead to significant damage claims, attorney’s fees, and for the severely egregious matter, punitive damages says California Elder Abuse Attorney Steven Peck.
If the rights of residents, which are protected by the California Welfare and Institutions Code are violated, then the resident, the family, the power of attorney, the guardian, or the successor in interest, can bring a case against the facility.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.