Improper care and negligence is common in nursing home and long-term care facilities. When facilities have financial difficulties they hire undertrained staff or hire those lacking in the care and compassion needed when dealing with the particular needs of the elderly residents. Poor maintenance, mismanagement and other factors can contribute to undesirable conditions, abuse and neglect of the residents they are responsible for and to which they owe a duty of care. Many nursing home injuries are the result of reckless neglect and it is possible to take legal actions against the responsible parties. For legal assistance with nursing home abuse and reckless negligence, contact a Riverside nursing home abuse attorney for advice as to the proper steps to take on behalf of the victim. Steven J. Weinberg is experienced and knowledgeable in the laws pertaining to personal injuries and the area of nursing home abuse and neglect. He has more than 40 years of experience and has been involved in more than 100 superior court trials with multiple million dollar verdicts and settlements for the victims. As a prominent and successful Riverside attorney, he has other lawyers refer their medical malpractice cases to him knowing he will achieve the best possible results for the victims and their families.
What is Reckless Neglect?
Responsible individuals owe a duty of care to not cause injury or harm to others. If there is knowledge of a possible danger or hazard, there must be sufficient warning given to avoid accidents and injuries and deaths. Reckless negligence takes place in nursing homes and care facilities for many reasons. Elderly residents often cannot communicate abuse or neglect because they are intimidated, fear for their safety, or are simply unable to speak because of physical difficulties. Indications of reckless negligence can include but are not limited to the following:
- Unsanitary and unhygienic conditions, unpleasant odors
- Improper administration of medications or untreated medical conditions
- Evident weight loss, weight gain, malnutrition, dehydration
- Bedsores, pressure wounds, cuts, bruises, broken bones, and other injuries
- Unusual and unexplained banking activity or missing personal items
Individuals 65 and older in nursing homes deserve proper care and treatment and when that does not occur, the responsible individuals may be liable for damages to the victims. If there is suspicion of reckless neglect in a nursing home, make an appointment today for a consultation.