Nursing Home Negligence
Advice from a Ventura and Los Angeles nursing home negligence attorney
When we place loved ones in a nursing home, it is because they can no longer manage life alone and it is with the hope they can receive compassionate care by qualified and trained staff. However, nursing home negligence ruins such efforts to protect and care for loved ones. Nettesheim Law protects the rights of the elderly who are subjected to nursing home negligence in Los Angeles and throughout California.
A Ventura nursing home negligence lawyer at Nettesheim Law can answer questions and provide counsel on actions for discovering nursing home abuse or negligence.
Relatives or friends who suspect negligence can help
There are many ways you can monitor your loved one's nursing home care.
- Question your loved one or friend. Keep abreast of treatment being received by asking questions such as:
- How often do you see the doctor?
- How did you get that bruise?
- What food do you eat here?
- When are meals served?
- How often do you do you bathe?
Residents who are mentally confused may not remember or be able to answer questions, but family and friends can still observe the person’s appearance, interaction with other residents and staff, and the cleanliness of clothing and living quarters.
- Question nurses overseeing the resident.
- Ask the nurse about unexplained injuries
- Ask about difficulties with the resident
- Find out whether the resident is sleeping, eating well, and drinking fluids
- Question the doctor.
- Get the doctor’s opinion about the resident’s condition
- Ask about new physical or mental difficulties arising
- Question nursing home management.
- Ask questions about the plan of care, changes in diet, medications, or staff changes you observe
- File a complaint.
- If questioning reinforces your suspicions, but you are still unsure about abuse or negligence, filing a complaint with the Los Angeles County Office of Ombudsman or Long-Term Care Ombudsman Services of Ventura County, Inc. can lead to investigation. County obudsmen services coordinates with the CA Department of Aging and CA Department of Public Health (DPH), which issues fines for violations. An ombudsman can visit the facility, investigate, evaluate, and report conditions.
Contact a Ventura or Los Angeles nursing home negligence lawyer
If you are certain about negligence, contact a nursing home abuse attorney in Los Angeles or Ventura and take action to get your loved out of of harm’s way as soon as possible.