San Bernardino Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

Putting a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision, even when the need is clear. When we place someone in a nursing home, it’s an act of trust that employees will not abuse their power. Most of the time, that trust is justified -- but when it’s not, the results can be horrifying. At our law firm, we are particularly proud of our San Bernardino nursing home negligence lawyers, who can stop abuse and neglect by exposing and penalizing people who hurt the patients they are supposed to help.

Under the law, “negligence” is any failure to act with reasonable care. This is more than adequate to describe the most serious abuses at nursing homes -- physical violence, emotional cruelty, financial theft or even sexual abuse. Because people in nursing homes and other assisted living facilities have often lost the ability to express themselves clearly, these abuses can go on for months or years before they are stopped. Often, family members become suspicious only after a series of unexpected or strange events, including emotional withdrawal and unexplained changes in the patient’s health, along with vague or inaccurate explanations from staff.

But statistically, neglect by nursing home employees is far more common than abuse -- and it can be deadly. Nursing home neglect is not an active act of abuse; it is passive inaction that often boils down to neglecting the most basic acts of caring for another person. Nursing home neglect can mean:

  • Allowing bedsores to form, or leaving them untreated
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Unnecessary use of restraints
  • Improper medication
  • Infections, particularly those that can be preventing with hand-washing
  • Unexplained (or inadequately explained) cuts, bruises or other injuries
  • Allowing irrational patients to wander or escape into unsafe places

These can have a severely negative effect on a patient whose health is already shaky, sending him or her into a decline that can end in hospitalization and death.

Nursing homes have a moral and legal obligation to take good care of the vulnerable people entrusted to them. If they fail, an experienced San Bernardino nursing home negligence attorney can hold them fully responsible for their actions in a court of law. A nursing home negligence lawsuit can expose the illegal and unsafe practices at an abusive nursing home, drawing attention from California regulators and helping other families avoid the same fate. It can also repay victims and their families for thousands of dollars in “care” that actually harmed them. And it can help them defray some of the high costs of dealing with the abuse, including hospitalization, movement to a new nursing home or funeral costs.

For more than 25 years, our firm has helped Californians hold wrongdoers legally responsible for the injuries they cause. Over the course of our careers, we’re proud to say that we’ve helped more than 25,000 people win financial compensation for their injuries -- money they can use to pay for necessary medical care, support their families and start anew after a serious accident. In each case, we negotiate aggressively with insurance companies, a policy that has allowed us to settle before trial in the vast majority of our cases and help our clients sooner. But if necessary to protect our clients’ rights, we are not afraid to prove their cases in a court of law.

If you even suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, you should call our law firm right away. To set up a free consultation, please contact us online or call 1-800-753-6997 today. With Los Angeles nursing home abuse lawyers, Riverside elder abuse attorneys, Orange County nursing home neglect lawyers and Las Vegas elder abuse lawyers we can serve you in your area. Contact us today for a free consultation.