Helping Victims of Negligent Elder Care
Nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other facilities that take care of the elderly have a responsibility to provide quality care in an appropriate manner. When a caregiver or entity fails to act in a manner that is in the nursing home resident’s best interests, serious injury and death can occur. If your family has been harmed by negligent elder care in a California facility, The Elder Law Legal Group, P.C. would like to help you.
Negligent Elder Care Causes Serious Harm to Your Loved Ones
The lawyers at our office have the knowledge and drive to handle highly complex nursing home neglect cases. Our attorneys have the knowledge to readily identify the differences between nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse, recognizing that the two are closely related. Nursing home neglect involves a caregiver’s failure to act in a manner that puts the resident’s well being first. Factors that contribute to negligent elder care include the following:
- Failure to adequately staff nursing home
- Failure to screen staff
- Falsely claiming to provide superior care while cutting costs
- Operating on tight budgets that only allow for inadequate care
The Elder Law Legal Group, P.C. is dedicated to protecting the rights of the elderly who have sustained serious injury because of negligent care. These injuries can involve the following:
- Bed Sores
- Bowel and bladder injures
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Medication errors
- Mismanagement of diabetes
- Repeated falls
- Untreated infections
- Wandering off
Stop Negligent Elder Care!
You can take a stand against nursing home neglect. If your loved one has been injured or has died because of negligent elder care, contact The Elder Law Legal Group, P.C. at 866-386-4135 or complete the client contact form.
Nursing Home Neglect : Bowel & Bladder
Sometimes families are forced to make the difficult decision to put a loved one into a nursing home or residential care facility. They must trust that the people they choose to care for their loved one will provide adequate services. It can be devastating when those services are not given — when loved ones experience bowel and bladder injuries, severe infections and even death.
At The Elder Law Legal Group, P.C., we stand up for the victims of bowel and bladder injuries and their families throughout California.
How Nursing Home Neglect leads to Fecal Impaction and UTI
Elderly adults in nursing homes are vulnerable. They are often unable to move without assistance, even to feed themselves and to use the bathroom. They are completely dependent on nursing home staff to care for them. At the same time, nursing home staff are often overworked and underpaid. Far too often, this combination results in nursing home neglect and abuse.
When elderly adults are not fed enough, when they are not given enough water, when their catheters and adult diapers are not changed, the results can be shocking. More than the intense pain of fecal impaction, patients experience kidney failure, sepsis and death. At The Elder Law Legal Group, P.C., we represent the victims of a wide range of bowel and bladder injuries due to nursing home neglect:
- Urinary tract infections (UTI)
- Fecal impaction
- Bowel obstruction
- Abdominal and colon abscesses (diverticular abscesses)
- Sepsis (toxic infections)
- Kidney failure (renal insufficiency / renal failure)
- Wrongful death
Sometimes corporations are worried more about their bottom line than the wellbeing of the elderly people they are supposed to care for. They cut costs that lead to dirty facilities, underpaid and overworked staff, and generally dangerous conditions. At The Elder Law Legal Group, P.C., we hold them accountable for this business model that deprives our parents and grandparents of their dignity and health.
One of the most frequent problems experienced by nursing home residents is infections. Often these infections are related to decreased immunity from malnutrition and dehydration. They can develop from bedsores, fractures, bowel and bladder infections, like urinary tract infections, as well as a host of other circumstances. If left untreated, infections can lead to sepsis, septic shock and death.
There are several different kinds of common nursing home infections that may be left untreated:
- Streptococcal infections
- Staph infections
Wandering Off, or Elopement
The Elder Law Legal Group, P.C. protects the rights of the elderly through aggressive and ethical advocacy. Our work includes legal action in situations involving the wandering off, or elopement, of nursing home residents.
Sometimes families do not have a choice but to seek skilled care for their loved one. When a loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia — when they are prone to wandering off — many families must seek care for their loved one so that they will be safe.
Unfortunately, the very place that families often trust for their loved one’s safety sometimes causes that person harm. Healthcare facilities can lose residents through their own negligence:
- Failure of door alarms
- Failure of Wander Guards
- Under staffing / staff neglect
When the WanderGuard Doesn’t Work
WanderGuard bracelets are designed to be worn by patients. Technology in the bracelet is supposed to trigger an alarm if the patient wanders too far. While the WanderGuard is designed to prevent resident elopement, it doesn’t always work. Sometimes nursing homes fail to maintain WanderGuards properly. They do not put them on the patients or they are negligent in maintaining the alarm system. Sadly, this can lead to residents walking off.
Malnutrition & Dehydration
Malnutrition is more than simply not getting enough to eat. It means starvation, not getting enough vitamins and minerals. It often means being seriously weakened, being at higher risk for fractures, bedsores and even death. It should never happen in nursing homes, but it develops because staff fails to provide basic feeding for people who depend on them.
Dehydration occurs from not getting enough water to sustain healthy function. Like malnutrition, it can lead to a wide range of serious problems and even death. Like malnutrition, serious dehydration should not happen in a nursing home.
Has your loved one lost significant weight? Are they experiencing other injuries related to malnutrition and dehydration? Contact The Elder Law Legal Group, P.C., located in Montclair, by calling toll free at 866-386-4135 to talk with us about elder negligence or submit your questions on our online Client contact form.
Elder Financial Abuse
You have the right to expect that the person caring for your elderly loved one will provide the appropriate respect. Whether the caregiver is a relative, an independent care provider, or a nursing care facility, you trust that they will protect your loved one. When a caregiver violates that trust and commits financial abuse against an elder relative, you have the right to seek compensation. We can help. Contact The Elder Law Legal Group, P.C. at 909-563-8644 0r 866-386-4135 to discuss your elder financial abuse case.
Caregiver and nursing home neglect can take the form of a wide variety of financial frauds. Many involve some form of coercion or falsehood. Others are outright stealing. Some of them include:
- Theft of property or cash
- Forging checks (check fraud)
- Credit card fraud
- Coercion to get written into an elderly person’s will
- Falsely transferring deeds to a house
- Falsely transferring car titles
We are caring attorneys who are dedicated to fighting elder financial abuse. When you choose us to represent you, we will work hard to hold the guilty party responsible for his or her actions. Whether we can resolve your case through settlement negotiations or it takes a trip to court, we will do what it takes to get what is right for you and your loved one. The Elder Law Legal Group, P.C. provides small firm attention paired with the results you might expect from a larger firm. We aim for nothing less than success in your elder financial abuse case.
Contact The Elder Law Legal Group, P.C.
Lack of respect, lack of dignity and lack of care are not part of the aging process. Elder abuse and neglect should never be tolerated. When a healthcare facility has abused or neglected someone you love, contact an attorney. Call The Elder Law Legal Group, P.C.toll free at 866-386-4135 or fill out the online Client contact form. We offer free and confidential initial consultations.