Walnut Creek Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Holding Negligent Nursing Homes Accountable in the Bay Area
At Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, our Walnut Creek nursing home abuse attorneys help families whose loved one has been neglected and abused in any type of assisted living or nursing home. Having a family member in a nursing home or care facility is hard enough. To learn that a loved one has been seriously injured or has died because of mistreatment is devastating. Our Contra Costa County law firm can help you decide what to do.
How to Identify Potential Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing homes are chronically understaffed and often unable to deliver the kind of care they promise. They may attempt to use unqualified personnel to make up for their lack of professional staff. This can lead to serious injury and death that did not have to occur.
We have litigated cases of serious illness or wrongful death resulting from a minor problem. Because of the negligence of the facility in failing to provide adequate care, the minor problem soon became major and even life-threatening.
Lack of attention and monitoring results in situations such as:
- Bedsores (decubitus ulcers) that become septic
- Untreated urinary tract infections (UTI)
- Fractured hips and other fractures that go undiagnosed
- Wandering away from the facility and being injured or killed
- Fatal reaction to overmedication
- Misuse of restraints
- Assaults by other residents
- Fatal dehydration and malnutrition
Preventing Nursing Home Injuries & Deaths
All of these could be prevented with proper care and supervision. Correct patient care protocols stop bedsores from developing. Antibiotics can easily cure UTIs. Fractured hips and limbs can be prevented by monitoring patients likely to fall. Doors should be locked or alarmed with staff monitors so that patients cannot leave the facility. Assaults on other residents do not happen when patients are adequately supervised.
If your loved one in a nursing home has developed a serious infection, is injured by an unexplained fall, or has endured injuries or wrongful death after wandering off, it is important to seek counsel from an experienced nursing home abuse attorney in Walnut Creek. We have been helping families in nursing home abuse cases since 1979 and will be able to advise you.