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Legal Help For Victims Of Nursing Home Neglect
Although nursing home neglect is really a form of abuse, it is different in that neglect is the absence of treatment or care. Abuse, in contrast, involves doing harm deliberately. To our elders in a nursing home or assisted living facility, the difference is academic. They are not being properly cared for, are being injured, and can even die because of the abuse or neglect.
At the law firm of Peach & Weathers, in Redlands and Riverside, our lawyers are dedicated to helping elderly patients who endure neglect. Families who complain about the neglectful care of a loved one are often ignored by nursing home administrators. Even worse, the concerned family member is frequently turned away with an excuse such as the lack of staff or the lack of time for proper training. No one should accept excuses for negligent care — there is no excuse.
What To Look For Elder Neglect Cases
In addition to neglecting to provide the staff resources to care for patients correctly, nursing facilities often fail to acquire the needed equipment. For example, pressure sores are made worse by the wrong mattress. Additionally, nursing staff can fail to meet OSHA standards regarding proper management of blood borne pathogens and tuberculosis, affecting staff and patients alike because of the lack of required supplies.
Signs of neglect include:
Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
Development of stage 3 or 4 wounds on the coccyx
Not getting people out of bed
Not using restraints when needed, or excessive use of restraints when needed only for the convenience of staff