Nursing Home Attorney
Serving clients in Ventura and Los Angeles, CA
Dealing with nursing home negligence or abuse requires the skills of a competent and experienced lawyer. Through years of significant focus representing these types of cases, the nursing home abuse attorneys at Nettesheim Law have acquired extensive expertise in this particular area of law.
Challenges faced by a nursing home abuse attorney in building a strong case
Nursing home abuse cases are complicated because a nursing home lawyer in Ventura or Los Angeles must have substantial knowledge of:
- Medical procedures
- Standards of care
- Medical terms
- State and federal laws governing nursing home and long-term care facilities
In proving a negligence or abuse case, the lawyer generally argues against insurance companies who fight diligently to protect the nursing home’s interests and reputation. The burden of proof rests on the plaintiff—the elder patient or his/her representative. The nursing home attorney must often gather testimony from witnesses along with expert witnesses who are medical professionals. The attorney must draw a direct correlation showing that substandard care caused the injury. Understand that the nursing home’s insurance legal team carves a career out of fighting such allegations and brings their own expertise to the table.
Overcoming obstacles inherent in the nursing home culture
A nursing home lawyer in Los Angeles or Ventura faces barriers presented by the cultural atmosphere of the nursing home. Facility administrators and staff may tacitly agree to cover up neglect or abuse or want to handle situations internally for sake of the nursing home’s reputation. Despite the fact that staff is required to take mandatory training that outlines their duty to immediately report abuse to authorities, administrators may demand that reports go through them and not be sent directly. Subsequently, administrators decide the validity of an incident and may decide that neglect or abuse did not occur. Staff that wish to keep their jobs follow management’s lead.
Finding a staff member who is willing to testify for the plaintiff against their peers is frequently a challenge.
Rely on our experience
Our experience handling a wide scope of nursing home abuse cases can help you prevail against significant challenges common in elder abuse and neglect cases. Call us today at (805) 804-5315 or contact Netteshiem & Nettesheim online. Our initial consultations are free, and in appropriate cases you owe no attorney fees unless we successfully help you gain compensation.