How do I know if my loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or elder abuse?

It can be difficult to believe your loved one could be a victim of nursing home elder abuse or neglect. Some of the signs are very obvious, others are not. Knowing what to look for and learning what questions to ask can help you know for sure.

Ed Dudensing specializes in cases of nursing home neglect and abuse.If your loved one develops bed sores, becomes dehydrated or malnourished, has suffered a fall, appears to be living in unsanitary conditions, or otherwise experiences a decline in his or her overall level of functioning, he or she may be a victim of elder neglect or abuse. If you notice any of these signs and feel that something isn’t right, you should contact someone with expertise to help confirm if abuse has occurred.

How do I find out if I have a case, and how much will it cost for you to review the case?

First we’ll ask you to share with us what led you to believe your loved one has been the victim of elder neglect or abuse. Second, depending on the circumstances we may have an outside expert review your case and all available records. After the review is complete, we provide feedback as to whether or not we will take the case.

We charge you nothing for the expert review, and if there is no case, there is no cost to you for the expert fees incurred.

Does a civil law suit make sense?

Nearly all potential clients who come to Ed Dudensing want the same thing – for the nursing home that neglected or abused their loved one to be held accountable. Unfortunately, public resources are stretched so thin that criminal prosecution of nursing homes rarely occurs, even in the most severe cases. The Department of Public Health investigates complaints, but generally imposes fines that are insignificant to the large corporations that own and operate most nursing homes in California.

The best way to get the attention of corporate minded nursing home operators is through a significant financial recovery.In civil litigation, an attorney generally will spend far more time and money pursuing your case than in the criminal or regulatory environment. Ordinarily, numerous depositions are taken, documents secured and, because of the financial stakes involved, corporate personnel become aware of the alleged wrongdoing. The best way to get the attention of corporate minded nursing home operators is through a significant financial recovery.

How should I decide what attorney to hire?

Prosecuting a nursing home elder abuse case is a complex, time consuming, and expensive process. You definitely want someone who specializes in nursing home litigation.

Ed Dudensing’s extensive trial experience as both a criminal prosecutor and civil litigator ensures the proper handling of your case.The attorneys representing the nursing home will have experience and expertise in nursing home litigation and to counter that, you need an attorney with specific expertise in this area of law. You’ll also want to make sure your attorney has trial experience and sufficient staff and financial resources to handle your matter.

How can I help stop elder abuse & neglect?

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, it is critical that you involve yourself in his or her life and care. Do not assume that your loved one will receive good care because he or she is in a 24 hour facility. Do not blindly trust nursing home employees because they are supposed to be professionals. Being actively involved in your loved one’s care is the best gift you can provide.

Report an Injury Now: If you or a loved one suspect neglect or abuse in a nursing home, please call us for a free, private case evaluation at 916-448-6400.