Los Angeles Nursing Home Negligence
The City of Los Angeles, California has an estimated 1.5 million residents over the age of 60. The city is a fantastic place to retire, offering near perfect weather and more activities than even the most ambitious senior can explore.
While many elder Angelinos live on their own in their homes, some occupy the city’s numerous nursing homes. Most of Los Angeles’s nursing homes offer their residents a healthy and safe living space. However some nursing home residents are severely injured and even killed by nursing home negligence or carelessness.
The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that there are over 500,000 elder abuse incidents reported annually, and due to Los Angeles’s size, a large number of those cases occur in that city. Some injuries to nursing home residents may not arise from abuse, but negligence still leaves long-lasting scars for both residents and their families.
A common form of Los Angeles nursing home injury is due to neglect, where an elderly nursing home resident’s basic needs for food, medicine and shelter are not provided by the home. Employees at a home may not provide appropriate food and water or medication, or a resident may not be moved enough and may suffer from painful and debilitating bedsores.
Other injuries and deaths are caused by errors in administering medication to nursing home residents. And some residents are hurt when they are not properly supervised, resulting in a fall, or other accident, that may significantly reduce a resident’s quality of life, or even result in the resident’s death.
When you make the hard decision to place an elderly loved one in a Los Angeles nursing home, you shouldn’t have to worry about their health and safety. Unfortunately, staff do not always appropriately prioritize residents’ health and safety; and the result may be your family member’s injuries or death. If you suspect that your loved one has been a victim of California nursing home negligence, contact Heiting & Irwin Attorneys at Law for a free consultation to discuss your options.