San Jose Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our San Jose personal injury lawyers take allegations of nursing home abuse seriously. No one should treat an elder with anything less than the highest degree of dignity and respect. We help families and friends of nursing home wards investigate and pursue legal action against all perpetrators of abuse.
San Jose is home to more than 50 nursing homes. According to rankings from U.S. News & World Report, only 21 of those received a rating of 4.5 or higher. Five large and very large facilities received a rating of 2 or lower. While these ratings do not correlate with instances of nursing home abuse, they do raise questions about the quality of care elderly individuals receive at large and poorly reviewed homes.
If you ever suspect your loved ones are not being properly cared for, meet with our San Jose nursing home abuse attorneys. We will conduct a thorough investigation, uncovering the truth and holding the responsible accountable.
Nursing Home Abuse in San Jose
Nursing home abuse can take many forms. It occurs anytime a nursing home staff member physically harms, neglects, intimidates, threatens, sexually assaults, or takes financial advantage of a nursing home patient. Some signs of nursing home abuse are clear. Unexplained bruising, a new STI diagnosis, and bed sores are all indicators of abuse. Other strong signs of abuse and neglect include unclean living spaces, unwashed bedclothes, and strong, unpleasant odors.
Unfortunately, many signs of abuse are much more subtle. A nursing home patient may suddenly grow shy, fearful, and more introverted around certain people. A bank account may slowly dwindle without explanation. The staff members at a facility may try to keep family members from seeing a patient, drug patients, or falsify behavior documentation to cover their tracks.
We strongly recommend that loved ones pay close attention while visiting relatives and investigate every suspicion. In some cases, a physician or counselor may have a reasonable explanation for a patient’s change in temperament. If you feel that something is off, however, get a second opinion, document everything you see, and consider talking to a nursing home abuse lawyer in San Jose.
Get to Know Our Nursing Home Abuse Practice in San Jose
Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger has a long practice history in the Bay Area. We are known across the nation for our multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts. You won’t find another firm in Northern California with the same reputation for success among both clients and peers. When our elder abuse lawyers take on a case, we focus our expertise, cutting-edge resources, and decades of experience to investigate every aspect.
We pursue both personal injury and wrongful death claims in San Jose on behalf of nursing home patients throughout San Jose. Our support can’t turn back the clock, but we can make sure that your loved one never experiences an act of abuse again, that the responsible party pays, and that we do everything in our power to make sure an abuser never harms another elder.
Act Now to Stop Nursing Home Abuse in San Jose
If you suspect nursing home abuse, please act. If you do not reach out to our offices immediately, you can call (800) 414-2002 or (408) 975-4900 to reach Santa Clara County Adult Protective Services. Call 911 if you believe a patient’s life is in danger.
Don’t allow a loved one to suffer one more day at the hands of an abuser. Contact Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger today to learn more about your legal options in cases of nursing home abuse.