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Physical Neglect and Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse The incident of Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Abuse in California is growing rapidly. Each day, hundreds of members of our Elder population in California is victimized. If your loved one is a victim of neglect or abuse in a Nursing Home or Residential Facility, there are likely other residents at the facility who are also being neglected or abused, in fact, there is probably a continuing pattern of neglect at the facility.

In every case, the Lockington Law Group carefully studies the Nursing Home’s history of violations of both Federal and State Law to determine if there is a pattern of neglect. The firm will also focus on staffing and training deficiencies, which are often the root cause of nursing home injuries. 

Elder abuse in a Nursing Home, a caregiver or even a family member can take many forms including:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Abandonment
  • Psychological and emotional abuse
The signs of abuse are often subtle and a senior who is being abused frequently fails to report the abuse. Many victims are afraid or unable to speak out as they are dependent on this care. It’s important for loved ones to look for warning signs of abuse so if your friend or relative has had unexplained injuries, bed sores, a broken hip or frequent falls, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit and should see the advice of an attorney to evaluate the merits of your case.
Nursing Home Abuse Report

Unfortunately, there are too many examples of Nursing Home Abuse.  Some are discovered, reported and prosecuted by city, state and other legal organizations.

  When residents at the Kern Valley Nursing Home complained or annoyed nursing director Gwen Hughes, prosecutors say she chemically restrained them with powerful anti-psychotic drugs. Her methods were so severe, three residents died. 
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  The nation's largest nursing home pharmacy, Omnicare Inc. of Covington, Kentucky, will pay $98 million, and drug manufacturer, IVAX Pharmaceuticals of Weston, Florida, will pay $14 million.
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  Within three months of admission, a team of University of South Florida researchers determined, 71 percent of Medicaid residents in Florida nursing homes were receiving a psychoactive medication.
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  Federal prosecutors said Friday that health care giant Johnson & Johnson paid tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks so nursing homes would put more patients on its blockbuster schizophrenia medicine and other drugs.
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  Johnson & Johnson made plans to reach $302 million in geriatric sales for its antipsychotic Risperdal just months after federal regulators said the company falsely claimed the drug was safe and effective with the elderly, according to internal documents.
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  We're careless about the drugs we give out."
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  AstraZeneca has completed a deal to pay $520 million to settle federal investigations into marketing practices for its blockbuster schizophrenia drug, Seroquel.
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A father was improperly drugged in order to keep him restrained at a local care facility in San Diego.
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