Nursing Home Abuse

Warning Signs of Financial Abuse of the Elderly

- Paul Zuckerman

California Elderly Financial AbuseIn California, it is common for families to have an elderly family member or loved one live in a nursing home in the hope that he or she will receive only the best care possible. However, many families often find that some nursing home facilities and staff do not live up to such expectations. While many people are aware of the signs of emotional, physical, or even sexual abuse that may occur in a nursing home, there is one form of abuse that is much more subtle, but just as devastating: financial abuse.

Often times, elderly residents must rely on a nursing home staff member or another trusted person to help manage his or her assets, including money, property or other valuables. However, this creates a situation in which the elderly person is vulnerable to theft. It may go unnoticed for years, but financial abuse can have serious consequences.

The warning signs of financial abuse include the following:

  • Any sudden changes to the elderly person’s will or trust
  • Large amounts of money withdrawn from the elderly person’s bank account without explanation
  • Charges for healthcare that is not provided
  • Personal belongings go missing
  • Despite the elderly person’s financial situation, he or she is living in poor conditions.
  • Unpaid bills

If you believe your loved one is the victim of financial abuse, please contact the Los Angeles nursing home abuse lawyers at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley. Our experienced team can investigate your case and help win the financial compensation you and your loved one deserve.

Keep Your Loved Ones Safe: Recognize the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

- Paul Zuckerman

Nursing Home Abuse SignsNursing homes in southern California are meant to provide the care that family members cannot give their elderly loved ones. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents suffer serious abuse and neglect from the staff of these homes. While many residents will never experience elder abuse in southern California, it is important for loved ones to be aware of the signs of abuse to prevent such incidents from occurring.

  • Physical Abuse: Physical force, such as hitting, shoving, or other violence, can cause bruises, bone fractures, sprains, welts, bleeding, dislocations, and restraint marks. Also, be aware of an elder’s sudden change in behavior and any caregiver’s refusal to allow visitors to see loved ones alone.
  • Sexual Abuse: Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind is sexual abuse. Look out for bruises or bleeding around private parts, unexplained sexual diseases or infections, torn, stained, or bloody clothing, or changes in behavior.
  • Emotional Abuse: Inflicting anguish, pain, or distress can cause an elder to be upset, agitated, extremely withdrawn, non-communicative, experiencing behavior similar to dementia, or any other strange changes in behavior.
  • Neglect: A resident who has been neglected by staff can experience malnutrition, untreated injuries and health problems, poor hygiene, unsanitary living conditions, and dehydration.
  • Financial Abuse: Staff may illegally gain access to a resident’s finances for their personal use. Look out for abrupt changes in a will or other documents, sudden changes in funds and other finances, possible forged documents, and other unexplained changes related to finances.

If you believe your loved one has suffered at the hands of nursing home staff, the San Diego nursing home abuse attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley can help you to hold staff responsible and find compensation for your loved one’s losses. To learn more about how we can aid you in your family’s case, call (619) 814-9000.

Three Los Angeles County Elderly Patient Deaths Result in California Department of Public Health Fining Three Nursing Homes

- Paul Zuckerman

Three nursing homes in Los Angeles County have received fines from the California Department of Public Health for three elderly patient deaths that occurred in 2010. Based on a Los Angeles Times article, the department determined that poor care caused the deaths at the Fountain View Subacute and Nursing Center in Los Angeles, the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, and the Downey Care Center in Downey.

The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult one to make and choosing the right nursing home is a whole different challenge in and of itself. Nursing home staff is expected to provide a high standard of care to elderly patients, many of whom are incapable of taking care of themselves due to medical conditions, physical or mental disability, and/or age. When this life or death responsibility is cast aside due to negligence, understaffing, fatigue, or oversight, serious injuries and even fatalities may result.

According to the article, the three nursing homes where three elderly individuals died have been given the most severe citations allowed under California law. Fountain View Subacute and Nursing Center in Los Angeles has been fined $75,000, Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills has been fined $80,000, and Downey Care Center in Downey has been fined $80,000.

The deaths of the three elderly patients were caused by various forms of negligence. The patient in Los Angeles sustained a fatal brain injury after he fell out of his bed and it was established that the man had a history of falls but that the nursing home failed to ensure that he was appropriately supervised. Further, it was reported that no one knew how long the man had been on the floor when he was found. The patient in Woodland Hills was 90-years-old in a wheelchair and suffered from Alzheimer’s. She died after falling down a stairwell, the exact same stairwell where she had fallen down before. The patient in Downey died from a diabetic coma caused by the failure of the nursing home staff to monitor her blood glucose level after being released from a hospital.

At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our Los Angeles nursing home abuse lawyers find it unacceptable for any form of elderly neglect or abuse to ever happen. We are committed to helping individuals injured and family members of those wrongfully killed hold negligent parties responsible and obtain rightful compensation. For decades, we have been protecting the rights of our clients and building effective cases to achieve successful results. For more information about how we can help, call 213-514-8332 today for a free consultation.