San Diego Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Firm managing partner William M. Berman featured as "Attorney of the Month" in the San Diego Attorney Journal, 2011
Firm managing partner William M. Berman featured as "Attorney of the Month" in the San Diego Attorney Journal.

In recent years, nursing home abuse and litigation have been on the rise. Because of a growing societal awareness of the serious and wide-spread neglect and abuse that occurs daily in this nation's nursing homes, states such as California have enacted laws to protect the elderly from suffering abuse and/or neglect, including California's Elder and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (referred to as "EADACPA" or the "Act"). This is a remarkably complex law that was specifically designed to protect the elderly and dependent adults from physical, emotional, and financial abuse and neglect. Only a skilled, knowledgeable attorney who is familiar with the provisions and complexities of California's nursing home abuse and neglect laws can provide a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect with the best legal representation.

What is Nursing Home Abuse?

We handle all types of nursing home litigation, including when an elderly or dependent adult in a care facility experiences:

  1. Abuse
    • This includes physical abuse, financial abuse, abandonment, isolation, abduction, or other treatment resulting in physical harm, pain, or mental suffering.
  2. Neglect
    • Includes, but is not limited to, failure to provide medical care for physical and mental health needs.
    • Failure to assist in personal hygiene or in the provision of food, clothing, or shelter.
    • Failure to protect from health and safety hazards.
    • Failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration.

How our San Diego Nursing home law Firm can assist you with your claim

Our law firm has been featured in several nursing home abuse cases that have been highlighted by the San Diego media. Through our cases and media exposure, our nursing home abuse lawyers have developed the reputation throughout California of being unyielding advocates for nursing home residents. Attorney William M. Berman has helped to bring these issues to the forefront of our society by successfully litigating many particularly tragic cases and garnering news coverage that draws attention to the horrific and woefully inadequate treatment that many of America's elderly endure every single day. Many attorneys cover a broad range of legal fields, but our attorneys are dedicated to specializing in the complexity of California’s nursing home and elder abuse in nursing home litigation laws. We handle all types of nursing home litigation, including Elder Abuse / Neglect and Violation of Residents’ Rights.

If you or a loved one have suffered from nursing home abuse and wish to pursue a case, our team of lawyers can offer the experience and skill necessary to provide you with sound advice on how to protect your legal rights. Schedule a consultation by filling out the “Free Case Evaluation” or visit our contact page for more information on how to get in contact with one of our firm’s legal professionals to review your legal options.

Nursing Home Case Results

Selected below are some of our nursing home abuse case settlements from the greater San Diego, California area. Visit our case results page for a complete listing of all verdicts and settlements.

  • Elder abuse results in wrongful death at a Southern California nursing home - $2,200,000
  • Nursing home resident dies when staff fails to diagnose and treat pressure ulcers - $1,700,000
  • Lack of care at a San Diego SNF nursing home results in the resident's death - $1,500,000
  • Nursing home resident dies from failure to administer medications - $1,529,999
  • Death of resident due to lack of proper care at a long-term acute care facility - $1,125,000
  • Elder neglect by the staff of an RCFE - $1,050,000
  • Southern California RCFE resident suffers broken hip - $1,000,000
  • RCFE resident seriously injured in a traumatic fall incident - $953,500
  • The staff at a nursing home fails to detect and treat embolism of resident - $750,000

Facility Parent Company Location
San Diego Healthcare Center“Lifehouse Health Services, LLC,” San Diego
“Aacorn Oaks Manor, Inc,” “Aacorn Oaks Manor, Inc,” San Diego
Mission Hills Residential Care FacilitySan Diego
Villa Rancho Bernardo Skilled Nursing Facility Sun Mar HealthcareSan Diego
Point Loma Convalescent Center“Point Loma Rehabilitation Center, LLC,”Point Loma
Castle Manor Skilled Nursing Facility Generations HealthcareNational City
Friendship Manor Nursing and Rehab Center Life“Generations Healthcare, LLC,”National City
Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista Scripps HealthSan Diego
“Jacob Health Care Center, LP,”“Premier B.H., Inc.,”San Diego

Berman & Riedel in the news | family sues nursing home after 88-year-old woman sexually assaulted

Berman & Riedel, LLP has been retained in a case where an 88-year-old woman was sexually assaulted inside a nursing home.  William Berman was interviewed for the news story. In case if you have faced sexual abuse in a nursing home, kindly contact our attorneys.

Attorney William Berman featured in Nursing Home News Story

San Diego injury and abuse attorney William Berman was featured in a nursing home abuse story that recently aired on a local news station. Mr. Berman describes the work that he and the legal team at his firm are doing to help victims who suffered abusive treatment while in the care of the nursing home in question.

We Handle Nursing Home Abuse Cases Throughout California

The main offices of Berman & Riedel, LLP, are located in San Diego, but our firm is not limited to the San Diego and North County areas. We handle abuse and neglect cases involving Nursing Homes and similar elder care facilities throughout all of Southern California regions, including:

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Orange County | San Bernardino County | Riverside County | Imperial County | Ventura County

Cities We Serve
Alpine | Bonita | Bonsall | Carlsbad | Carmel Valley | Coronado | Chula Vista | Del Mar | El Cajon | | Encinitas | Escondido | Fairbanks Ranch | Imperial Beach | Jamul | La Jolla | La Mesa | Lakeside | Lemon Grove | National City | Oceanside | Palm Springs | Poway | Ramona | Rancho Bernardo | Rancho Santa Fe | San Marcos | Santee | Solana Beach | Spring Valley | Temecula | Valley Center | Vista |


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Elder Neglect by Healthcare Corporation
Jean’s mother was a victim of neglect while at a skilled nursing facility, resulting in surgery that she did not survive. Berman was there to listen and provide support that the client needed.
Wrongful Death at a California Nursing Home
Michele’s mother suffered a wrongful death at a California nursing home. William M. Berman and the attorneys at Berman & Riedel, LLP helped litigate the case with successful results.
Wrongful Death Legal Services
Ginny suffered a family loss, and Berman lawyers handled her legal needs with compassion and reassurance, allowing her to feel safe and at-ease through the entire process.
Serious Injury at Skilled Nursing Facility
Ira’s wife suffered a traumatic brain injury due to negligence at a skilled nursing facility, and our team of attorneys worked hard to ensure that Ira’s wife and his family received the compensation that they rightfully deserved.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to common questions people have about personal injury cases and working with a lawyer. During your initial consultation, we will be happy to answer questions that are particular to your case.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

The attorneys at Berman & Riedel, LLP, accept cases on a contingency-fee basis. This type of agreement means you do not pay any attorneys’ fees out-of-pocket for legal representation. Attorneys’ fees are also contingent on the outcome of your case.

You benefit from legal representation in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of a settlement or jury award. We will only recover a fee if you recover compensation.

Can You Tell Me How Much My Case Is Worth?

There is no way to determine the exact value of a personal injury case, especially early in your case. However, an experienced attorney can give you an estimated range based on their experience with similar cases.

There are many factors that may influence the value of your case, such as:

  • Your total financial or economic damages
  • The severity of your injuries
  • The impact of your injuries on your daily life
  • The strength of your case
  • Whether you share fault for your accident
  • Insurance policy limits 

Some damages are easy to calculate, such as lost wages and medical bills. Calculating the value of diminished earnings for the rest of your life or future medical needs; however, may require the help of experts. Non-economic damages like pain and suffering have no intrinsic financial value. These damages are challenging to calculate. 

If your case goes before a jury, you may potentially be able to recover more than you could through a settlement. However, this introduces a new element of risk: the jury. The circumstances of your accident and even how sympathetic you or the defendant are can influence the outcome.

During your consultation, and throughout your case, we will help you understand how these factors influence your case. We will also work tirelessly to document the value of all your damages and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

The vast majority of cases are resolved by reaching a settlement agreement outside of court. Very few personal injury cases actually go to trial, but it is more likely if the facts in your case are in dispute, a legal issue is being contested, or you have a high-value case.

An experienced lawyer will build your case as if it will go to trial from the beginning. The stronger your case and evidence, the more likely a fair settlement will be reached.

How Do I Know If I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If your case involves mostly property damage or minor injuries, you likely do not need a lawyer to handle a claim with the insurance company. The more serious your injuries, or the more complex your case, the more important it becomes to seek experienced legal counsel.

Remember that the insurance company is not on your side, even if the insurance adjuster seems sympathetic and you receive a settlement offer. If you are being blamed for your accident or sustained serious injury, a lawyer will help you protect your rights and build the strongest case possible. This includes calculating the full value of your current and future losses.

Legal representation is also vital if your case involves a complex area of law such as elder abuse or neglect, premises liability, commercial vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, or serious work-related accidents. Determining liability, navigating decades of legal precedence, and interpreting specific statutes in these cases is best done with years of relevant legal experience.

Do You Accept Cases Outside of San Diego?

While our law office is located in San Diego, Berman & Riedel, LLP, accepts cases throughout the state of California.


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