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Bakersfield Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys

Bakersfield nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers holding California nursing homes accountable since 1993

In Bakersfield, nursing homes deliver round-the-clock care to their residents, encompassing protection from physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. This care also involves addressing the daily needs of residents, ensuring they receive prescribed medications, proactively anticipating and responding to potential issues, and respecting residents' rights. Our Bakersfield nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at Garcia & Artigliere are dedicated to holding nursing homes responsible when they fall short in implementing appropriate procedures and adhering to California laws. With a track record of securing over $3 billion for our clients, we encourage you to contact us today to advocate for the rights of the cherished residents under your care.


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What are the different types of Bakersfield nursing home abuse and neglect?

Our Bakersfield lawyers handle nursing home abuse and neglect cases related to:

  • Physical abuse. Any use of force and the utilization of physical or chemical restraints.
  • Sexual abuse. Nonconsensual sexual acts, such as forcing a resident to witness sexual activities or engaging in such conduct. Perpetrators of sexual abuse may include nursing home staff, visitors, and fellow residents.
  • Neglect. Intentionally depriving a resident of daily living necessities, medications, communication with family, and failing to protect the rights of each resident. Our Bakersfield lawyers represent loved ones in cases of intentional neglect (gross neglect) or irresponsible neglect (general neglect).

Neglect also covers instances where a resident is allowed to wander away from the facility or is completely abandoned.

Nursing home medication mistakes

Prescription medications characteristically carry certain risks, and when combined with other drugs, these dangers can escalate. In Bakersfield nursing homes, where residents often take multiple medications, the potential for complications increases. According to the US National Institute for Health (NIH), medication mistakes contribute to 7,000 to 9,000 deaths annually in the US, with numerous additional cases of unreported complications.

The NIH defines a medication error as any preventable event that could result in inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is under the control of healthcare professionals, patients, or consumers. Such events may involve various aspects of the healthcare system, including prescribing, order communication, product labeling, packaging, compounding, dispensing, distribution, administration, education, monitoring, and use.

At Garcia & Artigliere, our Bakersfield nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys hold nursing homes and medical staff accountable for medication mistakes. We pursue personal injury and wrongful death actions when nursing homes neglect to:

  • Understand the reasons behind each resident's prescribed medication.
  • Ensure each resident receives the correct medications in the proper dosages at the designated times.
  • Administer medications through appropriate methods, such as orally or by injection.
  • Review the risks and potential interactions of each drug.
  • Scrutinize each resident's medical chart.
  • Accurately document when medications were administered and any observed side effects.
  • Provide a proper diagnosis.
  • Establish an individual healthcare plan for each resident.
  • Monitor for signs of side effects or medication disorders.
  • Offer prompt medical care in the presence of any side effects or medical disorders.

Delayed or denied stroke treatment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 16 percent of heart conditions are associated with strokes, with almost 800,000 people experiencing a stroke annually, leading to around 200,000 deaths.

Many elderly residents of Bakersfield nursing homes face the risk of ischemic or hemorrhaging strokes. Administering tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) within three hours of stroke symptoms significantly increases the chances of saving the senior's life by breaking up blood clots that impede blood flow to the brain. Immediate care can also help minimize the damage caused by hemorrhaging strokes, characterized by bleeding in the brain.

At Garcia & Artigliere, our Bakersfield nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys have the experience to prove when a nursing home has failed to prevent a parent or loved one from receiving timely and potentially life-saving medical care for a stroke.

What signs indicate someone in a Bakersfield nursing home is being abused or neglected?

Some indicators of elderly abuse and neglect in Bakersfield include:

  • Bedsores
  • Bladder and bowel injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Falls
  • Fear of others
  • Lack of communication or interaction with family and friends
  • Malnutrition and dehydration
  • Medication errors
  • Nursing home neglect
  • Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
  • Poor hygiene
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Resident-on-resident abuse
  • Scabies
  • Self-neglect by residents with physical disorders, dementia, or Alzheimer's
  • Signs of inadequate medical care
  • Untreated infections
  • Wandering and elopement
  • Withdrawal from residential activities
  • Wrongful death

According to a 2022 report from the World Health Organization (WHO), two-thirds of those working in nursing homes and long-term care facilities admitted to abusing residents in the preceding year.

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What rights do Bakersfield nursing home residents have?

Residents of Bakersfield nursing homes have specific rights under federal and California laws, including:

Some of the rights these laws provide include:

  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Welcoming visitors
  • Filing complaints
  • Participating in nursing home activities
  • Managing one's own finances
  • Taking an active role in medical care decisions
  • Being protected from abuse
  • Freedom from chemical or physical restraints

The Bakersfield elder care attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere bring claims for seniors whose rights have been violated.

Who is liable for nursing home abuse and neglect in Bakersfield?

Our lawyers initiate personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against various defendants, including:

  • Nursing homes
  • Owners, managers, and administrators of Bakersfield nursing homes
  • Individual staff members, particularly in cases involving abuse
  • Healthcare providers
  • Contractors
  • Other accountable parties

Seniors often endure significant pain and discomfort, which is why our lawyers pursue maximum compensation to enhance the well-being of your loved ones and give them the comfort they deserve. We request compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, including ER care, surgeries, rehabilitative care, psychological treatment, assistive devices, and medications
  • Chronic physical and emotional pain
  • Decline in quality of life

In cases where a loved one tragically passes away due to nursing home abuse or neglect, e.g., undue delays in stroke care, we pursue compensation for funeral and burial costs, loss of inheritance, and absence of comfort and love from the deceased relative.

Every Bakersfield nursing home resident retains the right to file a complaint if they experience abuse or neglect. Since 1993, the Bakersfield nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere have secured over $3 billion in recoveries. In a recent case, we assisted the US DOJ in obtaining a $46 million settlement from a California-based skilled nursing management company, its owners, and six nursing facilities.

How can you help a Bakersfield nursing home resident who is being abused or neglected?

At Garcia & Artigliere, our Bakersfiled nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys, suggest safeguarding your loved one by:

  • Consistently visiting and communicating with your relative
  • Assisting your family member in filing a complaint with the Kern County Long-Term Care Ombudsman
  • Capturing videos and photos (when feasible) depicting your loved one's appearance and the physical condition of the nursing home
  • Reaching out to our compassionate and esteemed elder abuse and neglect attorneys

Do you have a Bakersfield nursing home abuse and neglect attorney near me?

At Garcia & Artigliere, we have no patience for nursing homes that do not protect their residents. We fight aggressively for any nursing home resident who suffers abuse or is harmed due to any type of preventable conduct. We have offices throughout California and also meet seniors and families outside the office through video conference or by phone when necessary.

Speak with our trusted Bakersfield nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys

At Garcia & Artigliere, our Bakersfield elder abuse and neglect attorneys understand that assisted-living facilities must protect their residents. We have 150 years of combined experience holding nursing homes to their duty to prioritize the safety of their residents and ensure that their residents have the best living conditions possible.

Garcia & Artigliere is the firm of choice for many abused and neglected nursing home residents. To schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced Bakersfield nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers, call or contact our offices in Long Beach or Los Angeles. We proudly serve clients throughout California.

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