This is the Lakewood website for the Law Offices of Ben Yeroushalmi, Los Angeles Elder Abuse Attorneys who specialize in the fight against Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Negligence. We welcome you to this site. It is our wish to make you aware of the obligations skilled nursing facilities are held to when treating patients, and share with you the options available to you should you discover your facility has failed to meet these obligations.
The city of Lakewood was incorporated in 1954. It is sometimes nicknamed the “instant city” because it developed from an agrarian society to an urban one over the course of just ten years. Initially, the city provided a home to World War II and Korean War veterans who worked in the aerospace factories of Long Beach and the South Bay. Lakewood was home to the first Denny's Restaurant, originally named Danny’s Donuts, in 1953. The population of Lakewood was 80,048 at the 2010 U.S. Census. Although, Lakewood has no Skilled Nursing Facilities, you can search this website for one conveniently located to you.
When a loved one of ours is in a nursing home, we hope for the highest quality of care. However, we must do more than hope —we should demand it because as a patient, it is your loved one’s right to receive the highest possible quality of care. Understaffing is the antithesis of high quality care. According to Section 483.30 of Title 42 of the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations, skilled nursing facilities must have adequate staffing to maintain the highest practical physical and mental well-being of every resident.
One extremely common condition that plagues the greater majority of nursing home residents is dementia. If your loved one has dementia or is at risk of developing it, we recommend that you find a nursing home with staff that is well-trained to treat this especially delicate cognitive disorder. While many skilled nursing facilities use antipsychotics to sedate dementia patients who are combative or agitated, studies have shown that the use of antipsychotics actually worsens their already fragile health conditions. Furthermore, the misuse of antipsychotic drugs is a violation of Patients’ rights because it is considered to be a chemical restraint. Similar consequences result from polypharmacy, the overuse of too many prescription drugs at the same time. Specialists agree that the best management for agitation is behavioral, not chemical. Patients’ lives are at stake when nursing homes unnecessarily prescribe drugs, and the Food and Drug Administration warns that this type of nursing home abuse multiplies the danger of wrongful death among seniors.
If you or your loved one feels you have been a victim of Elder Abuse or Nursing Home Neglect, please contact us today. We will advocate on your behalf, and zealously fight to get you and your loved ones the compensation you deserve. You won’t have to handle the frustration and stress alone. A consultation is free, and if you cannot come to us, we will come to your home or hospital bed to meet with you.