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Our California Nursing Home Malpractice Defense Attorneys Advocate for Assisted Care Facilities and Professionals

Helping the people and organizations that help the elderly and disabled in Los Angeles

Nursing homes perform vital services for the families of Southern California. Elderly men and women who can no longer care for themselves receive around-the-clock medical attention and assistance with activities of daily living (ADL). Facility administrators, staff, nurses and doctors work hard to protect these vulnerable individuals from injuries and illnesses. Yet, when their health begins to decline or they suffer an accident, families often blame the healthcare providers.

The Ontario law firm of Davis, Grass, Goldstein & Finlay exclusively handles medical malpractice defense cases. Our attorneys draw upon 150 years of combined experience to develop a strategy that protects your license and your financial interests from unjust legal allegations. In addition, we represent you at California licensing administrative proceedings.

Accusations of nursing home abuse and neglect

Not all injuries or worsening health conditions are the result of negligence. To prove a claim, the patient must prove that the facility or employees breached a duty of care. For example, a patient’s family may accuse the nursing home and its doctors, nurses and staff of such abusive and neglectful conduct as the following:

  • Malnutrition and dehydration
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial exploitation
  • Uncontrolled infection
  • Failure to provide adequate medical care
  • Untreated medical condition
  • Festering bedsores
  • Falls
  • Unsterile conditions
  • Physical attack on the patient
  • Confinement of a patient
  • Restriction of access to a patient
  • Overmedication or improper drug mixing
  • Medical mistakes

However, a nursing care provider who acts reasonably and adheres to the standard of care cannot be held liable for these complications.

Defenses to a nursing home negligence claim

Actions that constitute medical malpractice are based on what a similarly situated healthcare provider would reasonably have done under the given facts. A plaintiff must, therefore, show that you deviated from this level of care. Additionally, you may assert an affirmative defense that somebody else — including the patient or the patient’s family — was responsible for the injuries or illness. After meticulously investigating your case, we determine which of the following common malpractice defenses to employ:

  • That a family member caused the patient’s injury
  • That a third party was responsible for harm to the patient
  • That the patient’s condition was the natural progression of age
  • That even with regular and appropriate supervision, staff was unable to prevent the injury
  • That doctors responded reasonably to an emergency situation or medical condition
  • That the nursing home facility followed California statutes

Consult with medical negligence defense lawyers if your staff, nursing home or doctors are accused of wrongdoing

Secure a strong defense against allegations of nursing home abuse or neglect. Call Davis, Grass, Goldstein & Finlay at 909.476.2662 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with our Ontario-based law firm. We’re located near the intersection of I-10 and I-15, only a few minutes away from the Ontario International Airport. Our lawyers assist healthcare providers in Southern California, including in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.