The Peck Law Group.
When your loved one in a nursing home has an unexplained injury or illness, the Peck Law Group can help you and your loved one stand up for your rights. The Peck Law Group is Los Angeles’s premier nursing home negligence and abuse Attorneys. We provide passionate and aggressive representation for nursing home negligence and abuse victims, handling the following types of cases:
Inadequate Staffing – One of the top issues in nursing homes these days is under-staffing for the amount of residents in the facility. There are specific laws that address the amount of staff needed and they require adequate staffing, but many nursing homes cut corners to reduce expenses and hire less staff than needed. This results in sub-par care and can result in neglect or injury.
Administration Errors – Even if not intended, simple mistakes such as not providing medications on time, failure to provide the correct amount of food or water or failure to repair known equipment or in-room items can lead to life threatening results.
Falls and Fractures – Nursing homes have a duty to ensure that their residents and facilities are safe and there is proper supervision to avoid injury. When nursing homes fail to do this, financial compensation is often the result after legal representation.
Bedsores – Bedsores are a very preventable injury that if they occur, can result in serious complications and even death. Many nursing homes choose not to provide the proper training to their staff to prevent bedsores or identify and treat them.
Medication Mistakes – Mistakes in medication, including overdoses, under medicating and even giving the wrong medications are common issues in nursing homes and can lead to life threatening issues. The Peck Law Group can help in your claim for medication mistake compensation.
Choking – Sub-par supervision is one of the top reasons behind choking incidents in nursing homes. If cared for appropriately, many choking incidents can be avoided completely.
Unreasonable Restraints – The use of unreasonable restraints is the number one reason for nursing home abuse complaints in Los Angeles. Nursing homes can only use restraints in very limited situations and when your loved one is put in restraints unjustly it can result in both physical and emotional injury.
Sexual Harassment – You might think it’s uncommon for sexual harassment in a nursing home, but it is more prevalent than most people think. Victims can be uncomfortable in talking about it and are many times hesitant to come forward with the information. They might even be unsure if what they experienced was sexual harassment. If you even suspect nursing home sexual harassment, we can assist in discovering the details and requesting compensation for your loved one.
Emotional Trauma – Residents of nursing homes suffer from a disproportionately higher rate of emotional trauma than those outside of nursing homes. If your loved one is showing signs of depression or anxiety, medical attention and legal representation are needed to determine the reason behind this trauma.
Financial Exploitation – Nursing home residents being financially exploited is the number one form of elder abuse in nursing homes. From theft to undue influence by staff members to forgery. Staff members use their position and knowledge of the resident’s situation to take advantage of sick and incapacitated resident’s finances.
Verbal Abuse – Nursing home residents who are made to endure verbal abuse suffer through emotional and psychological trauma. Under no circumstance should a nursing home resident be made to suffer through verbal abuse from other residents or staff.
Clogged Breathing Tubes – When recovering from surgery or suffering from illnesses like bronchitis, pneumonia or other respiratory issues, clogged breathing tubes can be a major problem for a nursing home resident. Nursing homes have a duty to make sure residents are cared for and that they don’t suffer from clogged breathing tubes.
Serious and Life Threatening Injury – Almost half of all nursing home residents report some sort of abuse. 95% of nursing home residents say they have either experienced abuse or witnessed it. If your loved one has experienced a serious or life threatening injury, they deserve immediate representation and financial compensation.
Inappropriate Care – All forms of inappropriate care that lead to an illness or injury could be grounds for filing a lawsuit. Often times, this is the only option for getting the attention of the nursing home and receiving the money deserved for the inappropriate care and resulting financial loss or future expenses.
Malnutrition – Malnutrition is a very dangerous condition that can put a nursing home resident in danger of additional medical conditions or even death. Nursing home residents should never suffer from malnutrition when proper care is given during their stay.
Wrongful Death – If your loved one died during a nursing home stay and you suspect any type of neglect, abuse or inappropriate care, it is imperative you speak to an attorney immediately. The Peck Law Group are experienced attorneys in wrongful death claims against nursing homes. We will make sure your family receives the compensation it deserves for your loved ones wrongful death.
Nobody deserves to be a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse. To talk to an experienced attorney and determine if you have a claim for compensation against a nursing home, please call (866) 999-9085 to discuss your case or request information. The consultation is free and will remain confidential. And we will not collect a fee unless we win financial compensation for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse:
- Q) I overheard one of the employees calling my loved one a name. They apologized afterward, but I think it might be happening routinely. Could this be nursing home negligence or abuse?
- A) Any type of abuse in a nursing home is a serious concern. Nursing home residents who receive this type of treatment often suffer from emotional or psychological distress. When this type of unacceptable behavior occurs, you might have case for nursing home abuse lawsuit. It is possible your loved one may not want to talk about what you heard or if this is something that is happening regularly. Some warning signs that nursing home negligence or abuse could be possible are:
- An aggressive environment between staff members. Residents may also act aggressive or disorderly and there could be an abnormal amount of yelling.
- Rumors from residents and other family members regarding abuse.
- Specific complaints from residents or family members.
- Incidents of nursing home staff playing pranks or telling inappropriate jokes that embarrass residents.
If you think your loved one could be a victim of nursing home abuse in Los Angeles, call the Peck Law Group to schedule a free consultation. We have experienced and compassionate attorneys that will help evaluate your possible claim.
- Q) What are some signs of possible nursing home negligence or abuse?
- A) Nursing home negligence and/or abuse cannot be tolerated. Nursing homes should be a safe place for our loved ones. It’s important to keep in mind that like any form of abuse, your loved one or the staff may make up excuses of how an injury occurred. Unfortunately, statistics show that almost half of all nursing home residents have been subject to some form of abuse during their stay. Some signs that nursing home negligence or abuse are happening are:
- Your loved one does not like to be left alone with a specific staff member.
- Signs of depression or anxiety. Any type of change in mental status. Possible reduction or complete discontinuation of eating.
- Uncleanliness or a noticeable difference in your loved ones physical appearance between prior to entering the nursing home and after.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Refusal to eat or take medications.
- Your loved one does not speak as much or stops completely.
- Your loved one seems to just want to be left lone all the time.
- Abnormal emotional outbursts.
- Noticeable signs of dehydration.
- Bed sores.
- Bruising, welts, cuts or scratches or broken bones.
Please keep in mind, sometimes these sings are not an indication of nursing home negligence or abuse, but they could be signs of other problems. Dehydration, bedsores and unexplained weight loss could be signs of diabetes. But, it’s important to pay attention to the signs and determine the proper steps to help your loved one.
If you think that your loved one could be experiencing nursing home neglect or abuse in Los Angeles, call the Peck Law Group immediately to schedule a free consultation.
- Q) What are the most common types of nursing home negligence and abuse in Los Angeles?
- A) The most common types of nursing home negligence and abuse are:
- Bedsores are preventable. Unfortunately, nursing homes do not always train their staff properly on bedsore prevention and treatment. This can be very dangerous because bedsores can be fatal.
- Falls and Fractures. Nursing homes are legally obligated to provide adequate care and supervision to help keep the nursing home safe for residents.
- Nursing homes must provide the proper care to prevent malnutrition. Malnutrition can be fatal to nursing home residents.
- Choking is a serious issue with nursing home residents. Nursing homes are obligated to provide enough supervision to prevent these types of incidents.
- Clogged Breathing Tubes. Residents that have breathing tubes need specual care. Nursing homes are obligated to make sure residents with breathing tubes have clean and unblocked breathing tubes at all times.
- Emotional Abuse. Emotional abuse can be a very serious issue. Sign could include not wanting to be left with a specific staff member, crying or depression.
- Sexual Harassment. Your loved one could be embarrassed to discuss the fact that they are being sexually harassed by a staff member or even other residents.
- Financial Exploitation. The most common form of abuse in nursing homes. Theft, undue influence by a staff member or forgery are common types of financial exploitation.
- Wrongful Death. If your loved one died from nursing home neglect or abuse, you may have a case against the nursing home for wrongful death.