Los Angeles, CA asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Abuse for California

Q: My mom is 83. After a leg amputation the rehab nurse gave her COVID, she has bruise above her eye, horrific bed sore.

The rehab refused to let us see or speak to her. She was there only 2 weeks as we insisted on bringing her home. The rehab said we wouldn't be able to care for her, she was COVID and would have to wait. Only the fact that she got an infection and had to be rushed to emergency we were able to have her brought home from the hospital. When she got home we found bruises large dark above her eye, also a horrific bed sore open wound 1 in wide 6 to 8in long in a v shape, and 1 in deep. She had sores on her private parts. I have never seen a injury like this. She is in so much pain. This rehab must have never moved her. I have taken photos of all injuries except her private part. They are extensive. She can not speak clearly and is heavily medicated. She asked for ice non stop the first day home. She is on oxygen and can not eat or swallow. The care or lack of care this rehab has given almost killed her. Is there anything legal we can do so no one else has this happen? For the pain she's in?

4 Lawyer Answers
William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Take her to a doctor for a thorough examination and professional documentation of her injuries. Call the police and report suspected Elder Abuse. Talk to an attorney about a possible lawsuit.

Eliza Jasinska agrees with this answer

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
Answered
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You should talk to an attorney who handles Elder Abuse cases. Report them to all the agencies including law enforcement and make sure to document everything.

Eliza Jasinska agrees with this answer

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
Answered
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: CONSIDER A SUIT FOR ELDER ABUSE.

CALL ONE OF THE LAWYERS ON THIS FORUM THAT MIGHT HANDLE A MED MAL

AFTER YOU TALK TO A DOC WHO AGREES WITH YOU.

DOCUMENTATION IS THE NAME OF THE GAME.

HOWEVER, MANY LAWYERS MIGHT SHY AWAY BECAUSE OF HER AGE.

Eliza Jasinska
Eliza Jasinska
Answered
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Please have your mother evaluated by a qualified doctor and document all of the injuries. Having a complete set of medical records is crucial in any negligence case. Abuse and Negligence can occur at home, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, residential care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, during transportation, treatment, or examination at the doctor's office. You may have a claim against the facility, doctors, nurses, and the hospital. I hope that your mother gets some relief soon.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.