Nursing Home Negligence

California Nursing Home Negligence Attorney

Nursing homes have a legal duty to provide adequate care to their residents. “Adequate” care for nursing home residents can be very extensive. Some residents are a vulnerable and dependent on their caregivers as infants. Nursing home negligence is a serious matter in California, and can result in criminal charges. Victims and their loved ones can recover significant compensation in civil court. California attorney Fred J. Fleming will fight for justice for you and your family.

Dangers of Nursing Home Negligence

Nursing home negligence can cause irreparable harm to defenseless people. Worst case scenarios resulting in death are not uncommon. When the negligence is brought to light in time to save the victim, it may not be until after permanent injuries have been sustained causing disability, significantly diminished quality of life, and leading to a shortened life.

Among the many type of harm that can result from nursing home negligence are:

  • Falls
  • Fractures
  • Bedsores
  • Malnutrition
  • Assault
  • Elopement/wandering
  • Burns
  • Medication errors
  • Brain injury
  • Death

Bedsores

Bedsores, also called pressure ulcers, are a very dangerous problem for immobile residents. Prevention requires constant vigilance, and it is a basic nursing home duty. Immobile residents must be turned frequently, and even with proper care they may develop these sores. If bedsores develop they must be treated immediately. They are very painful and slow to heal.

Left untreated, or treated too late, bedsores can grow and spread, penetrating internal organs, causing infection of the bone and joints, and causing meningitis. Bedsores can lead to gangrene, sepsis, and death. Factors which contribute to the development of bedsores include:

  • Failure to turn resident frequently enough
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Poor hygiene
  • The presence of moisture, typically from failing to change bed sheets or clothing frequently enough

If you believe that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence, please call The Law Offices of Fred J. Fleming at 1-800-882-5500 or contact us online. The initial consultation with attorney Fred J. Fleming is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, in most cases we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a nursing home negligence lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.