Elder abuse can happen anywhere, but there have been many cases of this abuse in California nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Elder abuse can occur in many forms, sometimes presenting as physical abuse and associated signs and symptoms. It may also occur in the form of financial or emotional abuse, which may be harder for an outsider to identify.
Elder abuse can be extremely harmful and even deadly. If you or a loved one is suffering from elder abuse, we can help. The attorneys at Peck Law Group have many years of experience fighting for the rights of those injured by elder abuse. We can help you or your loved one get the compensation they deserve as victims of this dangerous form of abuse.
Understaffed Nursing Homes in Southern California
A recently filed lawsuit has alleged purposeful understaffing of nursing homes in the southern California area. The lawsuit joined 14 other class action cases pending against nursing homes in California, most of which are located in southern California. These lawsuits allege not only that these nursing home facilities are chronically understaffed, but that this is done purposefully in order to increase profits for the facilities. At this time, the outcome of the pending lawsuits has not been determined.
A Positive Change in California Law
In July of 2018, a new law in the state of California went into effect. The new law requires a minimum ratio of 3.5 nursing hours per patient day in a skilled nursing facility, which is an increase from the previous minimum of 3.2 hours. The term hours per patient day means the number of direct nursing care hours that are required to care for the facility’s patients. This new law may help to decrease the prevalence of elder abuse, but the impact has yet to be determined.
Contact our attorneys at the Peck Law Group today to discuss your potential elder abuse case. We are here to help you fight back against elder abuse.