California Nursing Home Neglect Attorney
Recklessness. The very word conjures images of wild abandon and failure to consider the consequences. Reckless behavior behind the wheel of a car can result in accidents, injuries and the wrongful deaths of the innocent. Reckless behavior by nursing home workers, hospital employees and other caregivers can be equally dangerous.
As a Southern California nursing home neglect attorney, I, Kevin P. Kane, am deeply committed to helping individuals and families who have been devastated by acts of elder abuse and nursing home neglect pursue justice and proper compensation for the harm they have suffered.
Protecting Seniors Who Are Unable To Protect Themselves
More than any other type of neglect, reckless neglect of elders in nursing homes is particularly deplorable - the pain and suffering it causes is inflicted on those who are unable to protest or protect themselves. We owe our elders better treatment than this! This outrageous behavior must be stopped and those responsible for such acts must be held accountable.
What Constitutes Nursing Home Neglect?
Neglect can take many forms. From a legal standpoint, the key element is recklessness, which California law describes as "conscious disregard of the rights of others."
Some common indications of nursing home neglect and hospital neglect include:
- Decubitus ulcers or bed sores
- Infections and diseases caused by unsanitary conditions
- Insect infestations in wounds
- Being left to lie in feces and urine
- Failure to diagnose the onset of diseases
- Misdiagnosis of illnesses leading to inappropriate treatment
- Parotid abscess
- Inappropriate or soiled clothing
- Social isolation
- Being left unattended for extended periods of time
- Lack of medical necessities or assistive devices
- Unclean environment
Neglect as a Way of Doing Business
Nursing home neglect is often the result of a care facility with too little staff and too many patients. These circumstances make it very difficult for staff members to accomplish the tasks required to provide adequate care. While this may explain neglect, it does not excuse such behavior. Indeed, the evidence frequently shows this neglect is a systemic part of a deliberate business plan for the nursing home.
If you suspect something is not right, act immediately. Contact me today. I handle most cases on a contingency basis - you pay nothing unless we recover a favorable verdict or settlement for you.
Los Angeles, California, elder abuse and neglect attorney Kevin P. Kane is dedicated to helping seniors and their families throughout Southern California, the San Fernando Valley, South Bay, and the Inland Empire, including Los Angeles County, San Diego County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Santa Barbara County, and the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Ana, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Culver City, Century City, Westwood, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Palm Springs, and San Diego.