Nursing Home Abuse Ventura County

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Your loved one or family member should never suffer abuse or neglect of any kind during their stay at a nursing home. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect incidents in nursing homes are on the rise. When this type of conduct has occurred, there are many reasons that one may pursue legal action. You may choose to take action for many reasons, including consequence for the entity or company responsible, compensation to victims, or to ensure abusive behavior ceases in the future.

Berman Lawyers are the leading firm litigating cases of nursing home abuse and neglect in Ventura County and across the state of California. Our team has been recognized with a variety of industry acknowledgements.

Leading the team of aggressive attorneys is William Berman, founder and managing partner of Berman & Riedel, LLP. Mr. Berman was responsible for obtaining one of the largest settlements ever reported against a residential care facility for the elderly in the State of California, a $2.2 million result, in just his second year of practice. The firm's success has continued, growing to be recognized as the top legal firm handling nursing home abuse cases in the State of California.

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Understanding Nursing Home Abuse

Abuse in nursing homes can take various forms. Some, such as bruises and other visible markings, are obvious and easy to spot. But abuse and neglect can also be emotional or verbal, these cases tend to be much more difficult to recognize and detect. Nursing home patient neglect often manifests itself through unconventional and unforseen medical problems. These can include bed sores, dehydration, over medication, malnutrition, among other symptoms.

Our attorneys handle any and all types of nursing home abuse litigation, most commonly when an elderly or dependent adult nursing home resident experiences:

  1. Abuse
    • This includes, physical abuse and trauma, financial abuse, abandonment, isolation, abduction, or any other incident resulting in physical pain, harm, 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 and cleaning, or in the provision of food, clothing, or shelter.
    • Lack of protection from health and safety hazards.
    • Failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration.

What To Do If You Suspect Abuse or Neglect

When your loved one, friend, or family member has been neglected or abused inside a nursing home or care facility, legal action may be necessary to correct the organization's behavior and earn due compensation. If you believe your loved has been a victim of such abuse or neglect, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our attorneys provide free, no-obligation case consultations that can be done over the phone. To set up a consultation evaluation with one of our attorneys, please call (858) 350-8855 or complete our case questionnaire.

If you are not sure, or need more information, our website's resource center has information for loved ones and family members that can help you learn how to spot abuse, and why legal action may be the best recourse.


Additional Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Resources.

Legal Definitions of Nursing Home Abuse in the State of California - Learn about what actions constitute nursing home abuse or neglect, including physical, mental, emotional, financial, and other forms of neglect and abuse.

Common Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect - Learn how nursing home abuse and neglect may manifest itself in your family-member or loved one. Medication errors, malnutrition, and unaddressed infections are just some of the outward signs of abuse and neglect.



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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.

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


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