Santa Barbara Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

If or when the time comes to find a nursing home for your friend or family member, it is important to understand and recognize the types of neglect which can occur there. While nursing home abuse doesn’t happen everywhere, you should still take the time to learn about:

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional or Psychological Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Abandonment
  • Resident-to-resident Abuse
  • Financial

The most important factor in learning about these unfortunate situations is how to recognize the signs of abuse in case they ever happen. You should always be watching for evidence of unexplained injuries, anxiety, fear, malnutrition, and others.

Berman & Riedel has established a strong understanding of the laws and regulations surrounding these situations. Our group of Santa Barbara nursing home abuse attorneys is the best you’ll find across the county for helping to find solutions to sad scenarios of physical or mental abuse.

How to Report Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect in Santa Barbara County

While the hope is that neither you nor your loved one will ever deal with these issues, it’s still important to know how to report them and to whom. Varying by the situation, you’ll find a few specific resources.

When proof is found of these crimes, a nursing home will be subject to citations, fines, and additional disciplinary actions.

Medical or Criminal Emergency

First and foremost, you should call 911 in the case of any emergency where medical personnel or local police are needed. They can provide the initial protection and care that is necessary before the investigation begins.

Imminent Danger or Suspected Criminal Activity

If you or your loved one are in no immediate danger but you still feel threatened or concerned for future safety, you’ll want to contact the non-emergency phone number for your local police. The Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Office can be reached at (805) 683-2724.

Following your contact of the authorities, the next group you should call is Adult Protective Services (APS). They are available to serve these individuals while also offering treatment, protection, and additional help during these difficult times. Find your nearest office by contacting:

Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services
234 Camino Del Remedio, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone: (844) 751-6729

Issues with Standard of Care

Even when you haven’t seen any signs of nursing home abuse, if you’re concerned about the level of care your loved one is receiving at their location, it’s recommended to call your California Department of Public Health office nearest you. People living in Santa Barbara County should start with:

Ventura District Office
1889 North Rice Avenue, Suite 200, Oxnard, CA 93030
Phone: (805) 604-2926

Additional Resources

Calling a California ombudsman is another great way to get the needed help and assistance with your nursing home abuse issues. They offer their services for free and stand as a useful resource.

And after you have reported these problems to the proper authorities, the next step will be to reach out to a reliable Santa Barbara nursing home abuse lawyer. We understand that even the best nursing home on paper can have instances of abuse, which is why we offer our services to all who are affected.

Best Santa Barbara Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers

Do you know the difference between a nursing home and an assisted living facility? In your search for a new location to place your friend or loved one, understanding this will be an important factor in your final decision. Nursing homes are managed and operated by licensed and certified nurses as well as doctors, while assisted living or residential care facilities provide basic supervision and necessities for the residents’ daily lifestyles.

Making up 14% of the Santa Barbara County population, there are currently about 61,500 seniors over the age of 65 living in the area. And though most of the 980 nursing home residents in the county are 80+ years old, people living in these facilities can be as young as 18.

As you’re searching for the best nursing home for your loved one, a great strategy is to look through their ratings on With 14 locations spread throughout Santa Barbara County, 12 of them have either four or five stars. The ratings are based around the staff and quality of care, as well as their health inspections and instances where a Santa Barbara nursing home neglect attorney may have had to get involved in a problem there.

Once you find the perfect place for your senior loved one, keep in mind that no location is free from the possibility of negligence or abuse. The moment you hear, see or are told of an instance regarding any of these issues, make sure you report it and contact a Santa Barbara nursing home abuse attorney right away.

How Can a Santa Barbara Nursing Home Negligence Attorney Help?

Doing more than simply gathering information to accuse the other party of their abuse, a Santa Barbara nursing home abuse lawyer will be an advocate for your senior loved one. They will fight for fair and just compensation to ensure the abused individual is indemnified for the wrongdoing.

A properly educated Santa Barbara nursing home negligence attorney understands the details surrounding rights and regulations for theses situations. Their job is to help avoid further suffering and win the case on behalf of the victim.

Berman & Riedel, LLP | Top Santa Barbara Nursing Home Abuse Law Firm

Truly skilled lawyers are few and far between, but Berman & Riedel stands out from the crowd for our track record and past success. In the time we’ve been fighting for the rights of our clients, our Santa Barbara nursing home abuse attorneys have represented and won more than $100 million for these struggling individuals.

Each member of our firm deeply cares for every client, making it easier to fully dedicate our efforts to advocate for each person who contacts us.

Get additional details about our services by reaching out to us at (858) 350-8855. You may also request a Case Evaluation by completing the form above.

Santa Barbara County Nursing Homes LIST

Name & Info (See Legend)Address & PhoneRating
Lompoc Valley Medical Ctr Comp Care Ctr D/P Snf
216 N Third Street
Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 736-3466
Lompoc Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
1428 W North Ave
Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 735-4010
Valle Verde Health Facility
900 Calle De Los Amigos
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 883-4000
The Californian
2225 De La Vina St
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 682-1355
Mission Terrace Convalescent Hospital
623 W Junipero St
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 682-7443
Alto Lucero Transitional Care
3880 Via Lucero
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 687-6651
Samarkand Skilled Nursing Facility
2566 Treasure Dr
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 687-0701
Buena Vista Care Center
160 S Patterson Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
(805) 964-4871
Casa Dorinda
300 Hot Springs Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 969-8051
Villa Maria Healthcare Center
425 E Barcellus Ave
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 922-3558
Country Oaks Care Center
830 E Chapel St
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 922-6657
Marian Medical Center D/P Snf
1530 E Cypress Wy
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 739-3650
Santa Maria Care Center
820 W Cook St
Santa Maria, CA 93458
(805) 925-8877
Atterdag Care Center
636 Atterdag Road
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 688-5645

Table Legend

Ownership: FP - For Profit, NP - Non Profit, GOV - Government
(Beds): # of beds allowed under license
Certification: (MC - Medicare, MA - Medicaid, MC & MA - Medicare & Medicaid)
Rating: Overall rating by Medicare (1 to 5 stars, as of 9/2019)

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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