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Hi, I’m James E. Yee, Attorney at Law and Elder Advocate in California. If you’ve been wronged, don’t suffer in silence. Take the first step by letting me know. I’ll fight for you.
My Specialties in Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse & Neglect
Residential Care Abuse/Neglect
More commonly known as RCFEs or assisted living, these facilities oftentimes fail to meet their regulatory obligations and are responsible each year for thousands of injuries and wrongful deaths of their residents.
Abuse or neglect of your loved one by a caretaker is more common than you might think and typically caused by inadequate training, supervision, and/or staffing.
Skilled Nursing Facility Abuse/Neglect
Skilled Nursing Facilities, or SNFs, provide 24-hour care to their residents but oftentimes fail to meet their statutory and regulatory obligations, frequently resulting in harm, injury, and/or death to thousands of residents per year.
Most falls are preventable if the risk of falling is properly addressed. Unfortunately, many times the risk is ignored, leading to entirely avoidable falls and life-altering or life-ending injuries.
Pressure sores, or bed sores, are tell-tale signs of neglect and do not typically occur if the resident is receiving the appropriate care and nutrition. Pressure sores can be very painful and become infected, and in extreme cases cause death.
Many elderly and dependent adults in nursing homes suffer from conditions that cause difficulty chewing or swallowing food. It is the duty of nursing home staff and other care providers to properly address these difficulties to ensure the health and safety of your loved ones.
Adequate nutrition and hydration are the hallmarks of appropriate care and absolutely necessary to promote the health and safety of your loved ones. The failure to prevent malnutrition and dehydration is by definition neglect under the law.
Although sometimes necessary to control your loved one’s medical conditions, psychotropic medications are oftentimes used by care providers to sedate the elderly and dependent adults to make the staff’s job much easier. This is a chemical restraint and by definition, abuse.
Aspiration pneumonia is commonly caused by caregivers and nursing home’s failures to follow proper procedures, provide appropriate training, or to provide sufficient staff to properly monitor and safeguard patients.
Infections are very common in nursing home settings. The elderly and dependent adults are especially susceptible given their weakened immune systems. Untreated or misdiagnosed infections will typically result in sepsis, a severe inflammatory response to infection, and can lead to death.
Elderly and dependent adults in nursing home settings are oftentimes victims of malpractice (including mistakes and accidents) by the nursing staff. These failures typically result in harm, injury, and even death to the residents.
Unfortunately, the abuse or neglect of your loved one oftentimes ends up in death. As a surviving heir, you have rights under the law.
These are merely exemplary and do not constitute a guarantee of future results.
$2,000,000settlement during trial for a 78-year-old woman with dementia who fell and fractured her leg within 24 hours of admission to an assisted living facility.
$1,000,000for the family of a mentally retarded 52-year-old woman whose urinary tract infections were repeatedly ignored by staff of a skilled nursing facility leading to sepsis and eventual death.
$950,000for the family of a relatively healthy 86-year-old man with dementia who choked to death when staff failed to properly supervise and assist him during dinner service.
$847,059for a 60-year-old woman with bipolar disorder who developed a severe C. difficile infection at a skilled nursing facility due to the neglect of the staff that was then ignored for weeks resulting in surgery to remove 15 feet of infected intestine to save her life.
$450,000for the family of a 90-year-old woman who developed a significant pressure ulcer to the coccyx at a hospital that was then allowed to worsen and become infected at a skilled nursing facility eventually causing her death.
$425,000for the family of a 56-year-old ventilator-dependent man who developed severe pressure ulcers, malnutrition, dehydration, sepsis, and eventually death due to the significant pattern of neglect at a long-term care hospital.
$338,000for the family of a 77-year-old woman who suffered severe pressure ulcers to her sacrum, heels, and left hip, as well as sepsis, malnutrition, dehydration, depression, and death due to the significant pattern of neglect she experienced during a relatively brief 3½-month admission to a skilled nursing facility.
$125,000for the family of a 57-year-old woman who suffered sepsis, malnutrition, dehydration, and overmedication with opiates and psychotropic medications due to the neglect of a skilled nursing facility's staff.
$105,000for the family of a 48-year-old man with respiratory issues and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease whose hygiene, oral care, dietary needs, therapy needs, and skin care were all neglected at a skilled nursing facility. He was also chemically restrained, bullied, intimidated, harassed, and embarrassed by the staff of the facility.
$80,000for the family of an 86-year-old woman with dementia and chronic kidney disease who suffered pressure ulcers, malnutrition, contractures, unnatural decline, and eventual death due to the pattern of neglect she suffered at a skilled nursing facility. Facility staff also made unjustified attempts to separate the resident from her family in an effort to conceal their misconduct.
James E. Yee, Attorney At Law, Elder Advocate
After graduating from a top tier law school, I spent over a decade practicing law on behalf of defendants, many of whom are no different than the nursing homes I now seek to hold responsible for causing injury to their residents. I have since rededicated my life to fighting elder and dependent adult abuse/neglect and representing the residents and their families who have unnecessarily suffered. This abuse or neglect typically results from corporate greed, nursing indifference, or a combination of both, among other things.
Given my defense background, I have intimate knowledge of how many of these nursing homes and their insurance companies operate. I have the knowledge and experience to successfully litigate these claims from inception to resolution, whether it be via settlement or judgment. I am very familiar with the very complex rules and regulations that govern the operations these nursing facilities. I have encountered countless violations of these rules and regulations, which oftentimes ends up in permanent, debilitating injuries or death to the resident. It is all too prevalent. Some might call it an epidemic. It needs to stop.
But I cannot do this alone. Only together can we make a difference. Please call for a free consultation.