Sacramento Nursing Home Abuse/Elder Care Lawyers
More than 2 million cases of elder abuse are reported every year. If the facility you’ve trusted has broken their word, they must be held accountable.
Nursing home facilities are supposed to act as an extension of your family. When they break that trusted bond, you have legal rights. Abuse of the elderly in health care facilities across the nation is becoming an epidemic. Don’t be a victim any longer. Nearly half of all nursing homes have safety issues. Our personal injury law firm knows how to stand up for your legal rights.
Amerio Law Firm is a group of experienced and empathetic nursing home abuse and elder care lawyers in Sacramento, and we make it our mission to protect the most vulnerable among us. Juries often see acts of abuse or negligence against an innocent elderly person as more sinister and criminal, meaning your settlement could be larger than if it were a normal case; however, if not done properly, you will either get less than you deserve, or worse, get the case thrown out.
Our team is experienced in the precedents set by the California court system, and focuses on our clients with effective communication, deep empathy, and dedication to achieving the maximum financial benefit for those who’ve been wronged.
What’s the value of a nursing home abuse settlement?
Unlike most other personal injury or malpractice settlements, the value of a nursing home abuse settlement is often focused only on the emotional trauma experienced by the victim and their family; sadly, this often leads to smaller settlements. Not if you get the right legal team, though.
Amerio Law Firm has seen enough cases to know what yours is worth, and, moreover, we know which tactics are likely to lead an insurance company to give up their fight. Since most of the cases that go to trial have strong evidence and are seen as evil by juries, the defendants will want to settle. An expert legal team will know exactly how to get the maximum amount legally owed to you.
We will fight to make sure you’re awarded reimbursement for:
- Extra medical fees
- Effect on family relationships
- Punitive damages (if possible)
Protecting the most vulnerable among us
Those who’ve been placed in nursing homes are totally dependent on their caretakers. Many don’t have the mental capacity to report abuse, and those that do are often afraid that they will be retaliated against. They are completely dependent on the facility for their food, medicine, and shelter, which scares them out of telling anyone. If you notice:
- Bed sores
- Broken bones
- Refusal to speak or take medicine
- Awkward behavior by staff
- Or unexplained weight loss
- You must report it and contact a lawyer immediately.
Here are more signs of nursing home abuse. Contact a lawyer at once if you notice them.
Areas of practice
Our expert team of elder care lawyers have handled tragic nursing home abuse cases in a wide range of areas. Our areas of practice include:
Many skilled nursing care facilities hire underqualified workers, overwork their qualified staff, and neglect patients. The drive for profit over patient safety has lead to a nursing home abuse epidemic in America. Don’t let your loved one be a helpless victim.
Contact Amerio Law Firm for your free consultation and stand up for your rights today.
Nursing Home Abuse/Elder Care FAQs
How can I determine if my loved one’s injuries are abuse or not?
Cuts, scrapes, and bruises are common among the elderly and often occur from harmless bumps during daily life. This can make it difficult to determine whether an elderly loved one’s injuries have occurred from an innocuous or abusive source. To distinguish if the injuries are occurring as the result of abuse, it is important to look for patterns of injury, to discuss these injuries with your loved one, and to look out for other signs of abuse, such as depression, retreating from social activities, losing weight, or sustaining bed sores. If you are unsure if your loved one is being abused in their nursing home, an attorney can help you better determine if abuse has occurred and what steps to take next.
What are some different forms of nursing home abuse?
Nursing home abuse is a broad term that encompasses a number of different categories of abuse, including sexual, physical, emotional, and psychological, among others. These different forms of abuse can occur independently or in conjunction with one another. For example, an elderly patient suffering sexual abuse from their caretaker may also suffer psychological abuse if their abuser manipulates them into believing they cannot come forward, they deserve the abuse, no one will believe them, or that the abuse is not occurring at all, all of which are common manipulative tactics abusers use to keep their victims silent. Because of these tactics, victims often do not come forward to report their abuse, so it is imperative for family members to be vigilant in the care of their loved ones and to be on the lookout for signs of abuse.
Who is most vulnerable to nursing home abuse?
Compared to the rest of the population, the elderly are a group that is considerably more vulnerable to abuse. This is because there are various factors among the elderly that increase their likelihood of abuse, such as physical ailments and disabilities, memory loss and other mental impairments, and often their state of dependence for their care. Abusers take advantage of these factors and exploit the elderly not only because it is easy to do so but because they know that even if their victims come forward, they may be discredited because of their mental and physical state. These perpetrators of abuse must be stopped and brought to justice, and the attorneys at Amerio Law Firm are dedicated to ensuring this happens.