When you have a loved one in a Riverside County nursing home or assisted living facility, or an elderly family member recently passed away while residing in a skilled nursing facility in Southern California, you might have concerns about whether nursing home abuse or neglect has played a role in your relative’s injuries or death. Most people do not have any specialized knowledge about how to detect elder abuse and neglect. As such, it can be extremely difficult to know whether you should move forward with a claim against the facility, or whether you should report the facility or launch an investigation.
In short, it can be extremely difficult to know with certainty whether nursing home abuse or neglect has occurred. We want to offer you some information that can help if you are grappling with the complicated question of whether or not to file a nursing home abuse lawsuit in Riverside County.
Ask a Riverside County Nursing Home Abuse Attorney for Help
Whenever you have concerns about an elderly loved one’s safety, or have questions about whether a facility was negligent and caused your elderly relative’s death, you should seek advice from an experienced Riverside County nursing home negligence lawyer. An attorney with experience handling hundreds of cases like yours can assess the facts of your case and can discuss your options for filing a claim.
Look for Signs and Symptoms of Elder Abuse or Neglect
If you see any signs of abuse or neglect, it could be time to file a lawsuit. You should remember that forms of nursing home abuse vary widely, as do symptoms of the different forms that abuse can take. Be sure to look for signs of physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.
Research the Facility’s History of Safety Violations
Does the facility have a history of safety violations? If it does, the possibility of another violation could be more likely. However, just because a facility has not been cited for elder abuse or neglect in the past does not mean that it has not committed a devastating violation. Many incidents of debilitating and life-threatening nursing home negligence occur in facilities without violation histories.
Trust Your Instincts
Sometimes friends and family members of older adults simply get a bad feeling in a nursing home. You might not have anything specific you can point toward to back up your bad feeling, and the facility might not have a recent history of safety violations that you can use as evidence to back up your concerns. Yet in many cases, a bad feeling alone is often a sensation that you should trust. According to an article in U.S. News & World Report, a feeling “that something is not right, or a feeling of uneasiness” when you visit a nursing home, is reason enough to ask a lawyer for help with your case. Indeed, you should trust your instincts.
Contact a Riverside County Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
Do you have questions or concerns about nursing home abuse in Southern California? One of our experienced Riverside County nursing home abuse attorneys can speak with you today. Contact the Walton Law Firm to learn more about how we assist elderly nursing home residents and their families.
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