Los Angeles Elder Neglect Lawyer

Elderly adults in Los Angeles have an expectation that nursing homes will provide adequate care for their physical and emotional needs. When nursing home facilities fail to protect their residents and offer unreasonable care, they should be held responsible for the harm they cause residents’ health and wellbeing. Elderly neglect, a form of nursing home abuse, requires the skilled advocacy of an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer because many elderly victims have difficulty acting in their own interest due to physical or emotional limitations, often exacerbated by the neglect they experience. 

At Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP, we have over 200 years of combined experience fighting for the rights of elderly adults who have been harmed due to negligence. We hold nursing homes and long-term facilities accountable for withholding essential needs, failing to provide necessary assistance, and for caretaker neglect. 

What Is Elder Neglect? 

Elder neglect may manifest in various forms, including medical inattention, neglect of personal hygiene, isolating your loved one, failing to provide social or emotional care, and others. If a caretaker or nursing home staff harms an elderly adult by providing inadequate care or failing to provide a caretaking obligation, you may be able to seek compensatory damages for the suffering they have caused. At Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP, we can help you determine whether your loved one has endured elder neglect. 

The most common ways elderly neglect manifests involves the following: 

  • Failing to prevent slip and fall injuries and similar damages
  • Neglect to deliver proper nutrition and hydration
  • Negligence in assisting with personal hygiene
  • Overmedicating or under-medicating
  • Physical abuse
  • Using unnecessary chemical or physical restraints
  • Neglect to give adequate medical care
  • Neglect to prevent bedsores
  • Negligence in preventing residents from leaving the facility
  • Death

If you believe your family member has suffered from nursing home neglect, you have legal options to hold the nursing facility or caretaker accountable for the injuries they have caused. Over 15% of nursing home residents admitted to suffering due to nursing home neglect. This can be detrimental due to a higher prevalence of serious medical conditions and functional limitations that render them vulnerable to declining physical and mental health.

Warning Signs of Elder Neglect 

Nursing home neglect is typically caused by insufficient staffing, with over 20% of all nursing homes experiencing this issue in 2020. Caretakers who are overworked may not be capable of providing the adequate care needed to maintain residents’ health and well-being. Elder neglect could also be exacerbated by improper hiring practices, where nursing homes are not running background checks, hiring underqualified staff, or not providing proper training. 

The following are warning signs of elder neglect to look out for: 

  • Broken bones
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Insomnia
  • New or untreated medical conditions
  • Significant personality changes
  • Other unexplained injuries
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Untreated physical problems, such as bed sores
  • Unsanitary living conditions
  • Being left unbathed or with improper hygiene 
  • Unsuitable clothing 
  • Unsafe living conditions 
  • Desertion in a public place

Detecting signs of elder abuse may be difficult, despite knowing the warning signs. Many elder neglect claims may require the testimony of a witness, especially in cases of prevalent Alzheimer’s or dementia. At Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP, we can help provide skilled legal guidance at every stage of the legal process, so you are empowered to hold the negligent party responsible for their actions. 

Damages You Recover in a Successful Los Angeles Elder Neglect Claim 

In order to obtain a successful outcome in a Los Angeles elder neglect claim, you must provide tangible evidence and prove elements of negligence in order to be awarded compensatory damages. Evidence may include pictures, videos, witness testimony, medical documentation, and expert testimony. Even though you possess the burden of proof, an experienced Los Angeles elder abuse lawyer can help you build a solid claim on your behalf. 

Damages you may be awarded in a successful elder neglect claim may include: 

  • Medical expenses  
  • Other financial losses
  • Physical pain 
  • Emotional distress 
  • Mental anguish
  • Psychological treatments
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Wrongful death

If you suspect your dependent has suffered due to elder neglect in a nursing home or due to a neglectful caretaker, consult an experienced Los Angeles elder neglect lawyer promptly to protect your loved one from further neglect and to hold the facility accountable for the harm they have caused. 

Speak With an Experienced Los Angeles Elder Abuse Attorney at Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP

If your family member or dependent has suffered injuries or health decline due to elder neglect in a nursing home or long-term facility, speak with the experienced Los Angeles elder neglect attorneys at Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP. We hold the negligent party accountable for their actions and have recovered billions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for victims harmed due to another individual’s wrongdoings. 

With a successful track record and exceptional reputation, Attorneys Mike Arias, Elise Sanguinetti, and Arnold Wang were all recognized in awards ranging from Super Lawyers, Top 35 Plaintiff Attorneys in California, Top 100 attorney in California, and many other accolades. Schedule a complimentary consultation today at (310) 844-9696, or fill out our contact form to speak with our skilled legal team.