About Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect in San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo Personal Injury Lawyer
Many people are forced to put their aging relatives into nursing homes, as they are not able to care for them or provide the medical and ongoing nursing care that they need in their current condition. Some elderly individuals have lost certain mental and physical abilities and can be impossible to care for at home.
For those who have this problem and must decide what facility would be best for their relative, they can be later shocked and horrified to discover that their loved one is being abused or neglected in the nursing home. This situation, as with any abuse, is illegal, and the authorities must be alerted. It is also critical to contact a San Luis Obispo personal injury attorney to assist in filing a lawsuit against the nursing home and possible other parties and seek justice.
Nursing Home Abuse Cases and Claims
When an elderly relative begins to exhibit signs of abuse or neglect, it is urgent to act quickly. The symptoms can include the following:
- Bad hygiene
- Bed sores
- Dry, flaky skin from dehydration
- Signs of overmedication (groggy, unresponsive)
- Dirty clothing
- Severe weight loss
- Unexpected expenses or payments charged to the victim
The health care industry and nursing home business has expanded radically in recent years as the "baby boomer" generation gets older and requires care. There are many companies that hope to "cash in" on the large number of elderly individuals in the country and open a facility to care for them. The fast expansion in these facilities can lead managers to hire inappropriate personnel, and in many cases the training they receive is inadequate. In some cases, the nursing home staff member is preying on the elderly and is a criminal and a sadist who harms their elderly patient, including kicking, punching, pinching and even sexual assault. In any such case, the future of the victim is at stake and it is crucial that you act quickly in contacting our firm.
Contact a San Luis Obispo Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
from our firm immediately if you suspect abuse or neglect.