Sometimes, our loved ones reach a point where they are no longer able to live independently. When that happens, we often turn to the professional care found in Santa Clarita’s assisted living facilities or nursing homes. Trusting strangers with the day-to-day needs and comfort of a loved one is a hard but necessary step when we love someone and want the best for them.
When that trust is misplaced and the loved one, who is at their most vulnerable, is abused, someone needs to be held accountable. Our Santa Clarita nursing home abuse lawyers are here to fight for your loved one. Our attorneys focus their experience protecting the rights of nursing home residents on your case. We fight at your side as you seek appropriate justice and compensation
Types of Compensation for Nursing Home Abuse
We know that as caring family members, your goal is to find a safe and secure nursing home environment for your loved one. Most families perform their due diligence when choosing a home, but all it takes is just one bad actor to slip through and cause harm.
Although no amount of compensation will erase what happened, financial recovery can help you and your loved one in several ways, such as by covering:
- Medical expenses
- Home-based care
- Relocation costs
- Reimbursement of financial losses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Legal fees
- Property loss
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Full and fair compensation for your loved one may come from a settlement with the nursing home’s liability insurance, a verdict from a civil lawsuit, or, if the abuser is charged with a crime and found guilty, the court may instruct the guilty party to pay restitution.
How a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Helps You and Your Family
Nursing home abuse attorneys are knowledgeable about local, state, and federal laws that address abuse in a care facility. Speaking with a lawyer who is well-versed in nursing home resident rights may help you protect their present and their future after such a horrible experience. Attorneys may assist you by:
- Investigating and gathering evidence to support that an individual with access to the nursing home abused your loved one through negligent or willful actions
- Exploring the actions or inactions of those responsible for the safety of the residents to determine if they met the required level of care
- Reviewing the history of the facility and its administrators, managers, and staff, current safety measures, vendors, visitor policies, and other rules, regulations, or habits that affect patient care and the running of the facility
- Identifying the timeframe and place for appropriate filing of a claim or lawsuit in the state of California and helping to assemble the necessary evidence
- Negotiating on behalf of you and your loved one for appropriate compensation
- Preparing for trial and representing you and your loved one in court if a fair settlement agreement cannot be reached
Our firm has built a reputation on its fierce, successful litigators who don’t back down from fights with large, well-funded legal teams. We apply our determination and accumulated knowledge to the protection of the individual, such as those who have suffered nursing home abuse.
Our attorneys are proud of the accolades they’ve received, such as:
- Winning Litigators – National Law Journal
- Top 100 Lawyers in California – Daily Journal
- Elite Boutique Trailblazer – National Law Journal
- Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star
- Pro Bono Achievement Award
- Best Lawyer – Personal Injury Litigation
- Attorney of the Year – Public Law Center
We believe our strength as attorneys comes from approaching each case with empathy and compassion.
Working with Greenberg Gross
We know that abuse is a horrifying experience for your loved one and an emotionally stressful time for you. We offer an initial free consultation that gives us the chance to sit down with you, discuss the facts of the case, and answer your questions. If after consulting with us you would like to move forward with our firm, you do not pay any attorneys’ fees until we recover a fair settlement or verdict for you and your loved one.
Nursing Home Abuse Can Take Many Forms
Although we don’t want to think of our loved one being abused, it’s important to be on the lookout for the signs. Here are some signs and symptoms of abuse to be aware of:
- Physical abuse, resulting in unexplained bruises or marks on the body, gashes or broken bones, or your loved one exhibiting fearful behavior around staff
- Neglect, resulting in bedsores, dehydration, weight loss, poor hygiene
- Sexual abuse, resulting in STIs, bruising, discomfort when sitting or walking
- Emotional abuse, resulting in a change in behavior, and showing fear or unhappiness around staff
- Abandonment, resulting in falls or wandering when your loved one is left alone in inappropriate circumstances
- Financial abuse, resulting in unexplained loss of funds, missing debit or credit cards, checks, or IDs, unexplained financial transactions
If you suspect your loved one is being abused, you may benefit from speaking to an attorney about your next steps. If you believe your loved one to be in immediate danger, call the police. Otherwise, an attorney can help you relay your concerns to an ombudsman and your local Adult Protective Services (APS).
Schedule a Visit with Our Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
At Greenberg Gross, we want to empower you to exercise your rights and protect the rights of your loved one. Our team of attorneys is ready to build a case uncovering the responsible parties, testifying to the extent of your losses, and demonstrating the liability of the abusers for your damages.
If you believe your loved one has been abused or mistreated, contact us, and share your story with our attorneys. We want to help.