Oakland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Our population is aging, and more of our parents and grandparents spend some portion of their lives in a nursing home, convalescent home, or assisted living facility. Inadequate supervision, poor maintenance, and medical errors are all common causes of nursing home injuries. Sadly, many elders suffer severe injuries and even death due to negligence in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities every year. Accidents, injuries and abuse are becoming more and more common. Studies show that at least one out of ten elderly adults in the United States suffers from some form of abuse every year.
The Oakland nursing home abuse lawyers at Venardi Zurada, LLP, fight for the victims of nursing home negligence and abuse in Oakland. We believe that our parents and grandparents deserve the utmost respect and care. When nursing home staff, doctors and nurses fail to provide the high standard of care they are legally required to meet, it is our loved ones who suffer. If you believe your elderly or disabled loved one has suffered from abuse or neglect in a nursing home, long-term care facility, rehabilitation facility, or while under the care of a home health aide, it is time to act.
Types of Nursing Home Injuries and Abuse
Nursing home abuse can take many forms. The nursing home abuse and injury attorneys at Venardi Zurada will work to uncover and remedy any form of abuse or neglect, including, but not limited to, cases involving the following:
- Bedsores/pressure sores
- Slip-and-fall injuries
- Falls due to improper safety rails
- Medication errors
- Failing to check up on residents, especially those who are enfeebled
- Negligent security
- Medical malpractice
- Physical, psychological, or sexual abuse
- Failure to clean premises
- Failure to provide clean clothes, sheets, or towels
- Financial exploitation of the elderly
- Failing to inspect the premises for hazards
- Wrongful death
If you believe your loved one might have been the victim of any form of abuse or neglect in a nursing home or long-term care facility, it is vital to reach out to a nursing home abuse attorney as soon as possible to ensure their safety. Get help investigating the home and preserving your legal rights if your loved one has been harmed in any way.
Signs of Nursing Home Negligence or Abuse
Abuse and neglect can manifest in multiple forms. Residents might not get the appropriate care they require, including proper nutrition, medication, cleanliness or hygiene. They may suffer from physical abuse such as choking, kicking, hitting, shaking, pushing, or sexual abuse. Residents might also be subject to emotional or psychological abuse, including staff belittling, demeaning, shouting, isolating, or threatening residents with violence or meal deprivation.
While abuse and neglect can be difficult to detect, there are signs to watch out for. Signs of physical abuse or neglect may include:
- Unexplained cuts, scratches, bruises or broken bones
- Redness around the wrists indicating the use of restraints
- Bedsores/pressure sores
- Dry, cracked, or ashy skin
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Distended stomach
- Cracked lips
- Changes in personality or behavior
- Repeated illness, especially when not reported to family members
- Unsanitary conditions
Signs of emotional or psychological abuse, in addition to those noted above, can include:
- Decreased appetite
- Sudden mood swings
- Self-isolation and fear of interaction with other people, especially staff
- Fear of complaining about the staff or the conditions
- Sudden mental decline
If you identify one or more of the symptoms of nursing home abuse or neglect in your elderly or disabled loved one, do not delay. Act now to protect them from further harm and hold the facility and their staff accountable for the damage they have caused your family.
Passionate and Effective Help With Your Oakland Nursing Home Injury, Neglect, and Abuse Claims
If you suspect that your elderly or disabled family member has been the victim of neglect or abuse in a nursing home, speak with a dedicated Oakland nursing home neglect lawyer at Venardi Zurada, LLP. We can help you protect your family and seek the justice that you and your family deserve. Our nursing home neglect and abuse lawyers are prepared to take on even the most challenging abuse cases, and we will not hesitate to bring your case to trial if necessary. To arrange a free consultation, call 925-937-3900 or contact us online.