Legal Help for Victims of Negligence at a Nursing Home
If you have any reason to suspect a family member or loved one is a victim of elder abuse from any state institution, private care home or designated nursing facility, give the compassionate Long Beach personal injury attorneys at The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV a call today. The ongoing mistreatment of our senior citizens by those who have been charged with their betterment is beyond reprehensible. It is a despicable act, perpetrated by the most cowardly of individuals, when an innocent patient is at their most vulnerable. This kind of wretched behavior must be dealt with swiftly and decisively. Attorney Joseph H. Low IV has built his practice on the defense of those who cannot defend themselves - he will fight tirelessly and fiercely for justice against those who have violated your family's trust.
Don't let these delinquent facilities and negligent care givers carry on without repercussion. Call The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV today for a free consultation. Together we can start the healing process and hold those defunct agencies accountable for their action. The number is (888) 454-5569.
Elder abuse can arise from a one-time violent encounter or a systematic pattern of negligent behavior.
What Steps Should I Take?
Should you suspect mishandling in any regard in a nursing facility, it is important to consider the following steps:
Remain Calm - While this may sound trite, it is the farthest thing from it. Discovering the abuse of one's parent, sibling, partner or child at the hands of a care facility can create a tremendous surge of emotion in anyone. It is important to collect yourself, and think the moment through before acting upon hasty decisions. Any steps taken against those you suspect, may result in legal trouble for yourself and cause serious damage to any case you may have in the long run.
Documentation - Evidence is the key. In order to successfully bring a case against state regulated and privatized care homes, you'll need documentation proving the abuse. Photographic and video evidence, testimony from your loved one and any type of written or oral proof you can gather will strengthen the case substantially. Remember, neglect or abuse can take a variety of forms – emotional, physical, sexual and mental. Look for obvious and not so obvious signs from your loved one and record them all.
Reporting - Every county in California and for most of the country has an Adult Protective Services (APS) agency which oversees the adult care homes and nursing facilities for your particular area. Of course, if the abuse is severe enough, you'll want to call the police or 911 immediately. For anything that isn't immediately life threatening, call the local APS to report the abuse. By utilizing the proper channels first, you'll set up a chain of custody which further strengthens your case should it need to go beyond the state regulators.
Personal Injury Attorney - Depending on the results from either the police, APS or your own suspicions, speaking with a qualified nursing home abuse attorney can only serve to help your case. With proper counsel you will be able to make educated decisions on your legal options and move forward with any potential lawsuit.
The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV has been representing elders and their families for many years and we are proud of our service. Our seniors are our history and deserve to live their twilight years with respect and dignity. Anything short of that and our team is here to ensure you are provided the compensation you and your loved one deserve. To set up a free case evaluation and get answers to your nursing home abuse questions, please contact our office at (888) 454-5569.