Nursing homes are designed to do with individuals and their loved ones cannot do on their own-- take care of their aging parent, friend, spouse, etc. Unfortunately, the results of a recently published audit ordered by the California State Legislature found that substandard care at California nursing homes has increased by a whopping 31% from 2006 to 2015. The primary reasons cited for this dramatic increase in California nursing home problems was two-fold: failure to perform necessary inspections and issue out timely citations for those failed inspections and nursing home licensing decisions (issued by the California Department of Public Health) lacked consistency and transparency.
LA Daily News Quotes state auditor Elaine Howle on the results of her findings, "Together these oversight failures increase the risk that these nursing facilities may not provide adequate care to some of the state's most vulnerable residents."
Substandard care for the elderly is especially problematic because of the serious personal injuries and wrongful deaths that can result. Some of these California nursing home residents are too weak or otherwise incapable of alerting the necessary people to correct the problem. So what happens if your loved one has been injured or died as a result of a nursing home issue? First and foremost, we are sorry for your situation. The betrayal of trust and financial stress a nursing home injury takes on is tremendous. You can and should file a lawsuit with Walch Law to get compensated for the injuries or loss they have caused as well as provide a sense of justice and accountability on the part of the nursing home.
Some areas of potential recovery in a nursing home lawsuit include:
- All medical bills
- Funeral and burial costs
- Restitution for monies paid to the nursing home
- Pain and suffering
- And much much more, including the potential for punitive damages in certain cases
Working with Walch Law on your nursing home abuse case is as simple as filing out this contact form and one phone call. We will take it from there. While you cannot turn back the clock and make what happened to your loved one go away, you can take legal action and we can help. If you are dealing with nursing home abuse in Los Angeles or anywhere in California that resulted in injuries or death of a loved one, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.