What You Need To Know About Nursing Home Abuse
Many nursing homes strive to live up to their name, providing a home-like environment for elderly people who need assistance with day-to-day living. In recent years, however, there have been increasing reports of nursing home abuse. The Bakersfield and Fresno-area law firm of Bourdette & Partners is dedicated to helping victims of nursing home abuse in the greater Central Valley obtain the compensation they are entitled to.
Understanding Common Forms Of Abuse
Nursing home abuse comes in many different forms, ranging from neglect to verbal, physical and even sexual abuse. Nursing home staff may not pay adequate attention to the needs of a resident. For instance, they may fail to provide sufficient food and water, or neglect to keep the resident’s bed and living area clean, resulting in bedsores and other health problems. Uncaring staff members may verbally berate your loved one, possibly even going so far as to intentionally do physical harm to the very people they are supposed to be caring for. If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, our lawyers can help you hold the nursing home accountable for the actions of their staff.
Abuse and neglect can have dangerous consequences. A recent report produced by the office of Congressman Henry Waxman of California showed that, during a two-year period, 30% of U.S. nursing homes were cited for abuse. According to the report, more than one-fifth of those abuse citations were serious enough “to cause actual harm to residents or to place the residents in jeopardy of immediate death or serious injury.”