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Palm Springs Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer

Palm Springs Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

A nursing home should be a safe place for its residents where trained professionals and caregivers provide support and care. Unfortunately, numerous residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are mistreated, neglected, and abused every year.

According to the California Office of the Attorney General (OAG), as many as 13% of complaints sent to the Department of Aging Long-Term Care Ombudsman involve abuse or neglect. This can include physical, emotional, financial, and sexual abuse that impacts residents’ mental and physical health and violates their rights.

If you suspect your loved one is experiencing abuse or neglect at a care facility in Palm Springs, speak with our qualified nursing home abuse attorneys at Berberian Ain LLP. We can investigate the claim, help you file a formal complaint, and hold the perpetrators responsible in a civil claim.

Nursing Home Abuse Cases We Handle

Our elder abuse attorneys at Berberian Ain, LLP, have several years of experience handling nursing home abuse cases in Palm Springs and surrounding desert areas. We can provide skilled legal representation in the following areas:

  • Nursing home falls. We work with cases where nursing home residents have been injured due to falls, advocating for their right to safety and seeking compensation for their injuries.
  • Broken bones and hip fractures. We handle claims where residents suffer broken bones or hip fractures due to falls, mishandling, or neglect. Our lawyers advocate for compensation and proper medical treatment.
  • Nursing home malnutrition neglect. Our legal team pursues claims against facilities that fail to provide proper nutritional care to their residents. We help victims receive the compensation and care they deserve.
  • Pressure sore injuries in nursing homes. We represent clients who have developed pressure sores, often a sign of neglect, securing compensation for their injuries and demanding higher care standards to prevent future occurrences.
  • Assisted living facility abuse and neglect. Our legal expertise extends to cases of abuse and neglect in assisted living facilities, where residents may suffer from physical, emotional, or financial abuse due to improper care or malicious actions.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

If you’re worried about your elderly loved one in a Palm Springs nursing home, knowing the signs of abuse or neglect can help you identify a problem and take immediate action. Here are several signs of mistreatment in a nursing home:

Signs of Physical Abuse

Physical abuse can refer to an intentional act causing injury to another person through bodily contact. Signs your loved one may be suffering physical abuse include:

  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, and burns. If you find signs of unexplained physical injuries on your loved one’s body, they may indicate abuse or neglect from the nursing staff. For example, bruised wrists or ankles could indicate abuse restraining.
  • Fractures and sprains. A loved one who seems to suffer from fractures, broken bones, or sprains regularly could be the victim of rough handling or violence at the hands of staff or other residents.
  • Recurring infections. Recurring infections are often the result of neglect. For example, skin infections can result from abscesses due to untreated bedsores. Recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs) may be the result of poor hygiene, possibly indicating negligence by the nursing staff.
  • Bruised thighs, chest, or genitals. Depending on the location of these injuries, certain physical abuse signs could indicate staff members or other residents have committed sexual abuse. These signs are sometimes accompanied by stained or torn clothing.

Signs of Mental and Emotional Abuse

Mental and emotional abuse is a type of mistreatment that inflicts psychological pain or stress on a nursing home resident. Here’s what to look for in your loved one:

  • Unexplained changes in personality. If your loved one has become distant, withdrawn, or avoided social interactions and activities they previously enjoyed, it may be a sign of emotional abuse. Anxiety and fear of individuals that caused the abuse are frequently responsible for these changes in personality,
  • Agitation, distress, or aggression. If your loved one is uncharacteristically agitated, fearful, distressed, or aggressive, it may be a trauma response. Common causes include mistreatment, insults, and other forms of verbal abuse.
  • Non-verbal cues. If your loved one has suffered emotional abuse, they may exhibit non-verbal cues, such as flinching, avoiding eye contact, changes in body language, or expressions of discomfort. This is especially true if a specific staff member or resident is present in the room.

Signs of Financial Abuse

Financial abuse is the misuse or mismanagement of a person’s finances without informed consent. Signs of this type of abuse include:

  • Unexplained bank withdrawals. Frequent or large withdrawals from your loved one’s accounts without a clear reason may indicate fraud or exploitation from the nursing home or its staff.
  • Missing possessions. If cherished personal items, valuables, jewelry, cash, or other belongings are missing from the resident’s room without explanation, they may have been stolen by a staff member or another resident.
  • Altered or missing documents. If your loved one is confused about their legal or financial arrangements, ask them if they made recent changes or lost important documents. Unauthorized changes, such as new beneficiaries or account users, could indicate financial abuse.

Holding Perpetrators Accountable

There are several ways you can protect your loved one in a Palm Springs nursing home if you suspect abuse or neglect. Here’s an overview of what steps to take:

  • Document the abuse. Begin by recording any incidents of suspected abuse or neglect with detailed notes on what occurred, including dates and times. Take photographs of visible injuries, such as bruises or bedsores, and gather relevant medical records or documents that might support your observations.
  • Speak with the nursing home. Arrange a meeting with the nursing home administration to discuss your concerns. Be clear and specific about the incidents you have documented. Ask for explanations and what steps they will take to address the situation. Keep a record of all communications for future reference.
  • File a formal complaint. If the response from the nursing home is unsatisfactory, file a formal complaint with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which regulates nursing homes. Submit your complaint online, via mail, or by phone. The department is required to investigate the allegations within 10 days ( some cases 24 hours) and ensure compliance with health and safety regulations.
  • Contact an ombudsman. Request additional assistance for your loved one by alerting your local long-term care ombudsman office to the suspected abuse. They can advocate for your loved one’s rights and help you contact the right officials and authorities.
  • Seek legal counsel. Consult an attorney who specializes in elder abuse cases. A knowledgeable lawyer can offer advice on your legal options and represent your loved one’s interests in a civil claim if necessary. Legal action may be required to hold the facility accountable and to secure the appropriate care and compensation.

Get Experienced Legal Representation for Your Elderly Loved One

Dealing with the nursing home abuse of a loved one can leave you feeling overwhelmed, angry, and scared. Working with a compassionate, skilled attorney can help you navigate the complaint process, gather evidence, and hold those responsible accountable.

Our attorneys at Berberian Ain LLP in Palm Springs have helped numerous other families and victims recover compensation, including a $1.5 million award for an elderly resident harmed due to improper care.

Contact our law firm for a free consultation and help keep your loved one safe in a Palm Springs nursing home.