San Diego Rehab Abuse Lawyers
Handling Cases of Wrongful Death Due to a Treatment Facility's Negligence
The multi-billion-dollar, for-profit residential drug and alcohol treatment industry is rife with fraud, corruption, and profiteering. Often, these facilities put other priorities above the health and recovery of residents. Profit-driving operators might cut corners and neglect protocols, risking residents' lives. Unfortunately, this negligence has resulted in numerous avoidable deaths within these centers. This is unacceptable, and wrongdoers should be held accountable. Our San Diego rehab abuse attorneys can help you seek justice if you lost a loved one because of negligence or intentional wrongs at a treatment facility.
Our attorneys at Lowe Lazar Law have dedicated a major part of our practice to wrongful death cases resulting from rehab neglect or abuse in California and Nevada. We understand the trauma and distress these matters cause individuals and their families. That is why we go to great lengths to ensure that we can provide meaningful representation. We intentionally accept only a small number of clients at a time so that we can devote ourselves wholly to their cases. Our team is available for our clients, ready to answer questions, address concerns, and clearly explain what to expect. Award-winning trial lawyers, we are prepared to take on complex matters and do not back down when things get tough.
If you are looking for compassionate legal representation, please contact our rehab abuse lawyers in San Diego by calling (619) 815-8156.
Holding Rehab Centers Responsible
If your loved one was under the care of a drug or alcohol treatment facility and lost their life because of negligence, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.
When you bring a case against a rehab center, you must prove that abuse or neglect led to your loved one's passing.
Generally, this means showing that the facility:
- Owed your loved one a duty of care: Staff was expected to provide proper treatment and services for the individual's particular situation.
- Breached that duty of care: The staff's actions or inactions fell below accepted standards. In other words, a reasonable and similarly situated professional would not have conducted themselves the same way.
- Caused your loved one's death: The staff's neglect or abuse is what led to the loss of life.
- Caused compensable losses: You and/or your loved one suffered compensable damages, such as medical care, pain and suffering, and funeral and burial expenses.
Proving negligence requires an in-depth investigation and a review of relevant information. Our rehab abuse attorneys in San Diego leverage our skills and resources to determine the cause of the incident, identify liable parties, and seek just compensation through negotiations or litigation.
This is a duo that truly cares about the client and fights for justice.
Abuse and Neglect in Rehab Centers
Residential drug and alcohol treatment facilities provide in-patient care. That means residents are treated 24/7, whether that's administering medical care, mental health treatment, or medications.
When accepting a new resident, these centers must:
- Screen the resident to identify the treatment needed,
- Refer residents to appropriate facilities equipped to handle special circumstances, and
- Provide reasonable care while the individual is a resident.
Rehab centers are obligated to provide service at the industry-accepted level. Unfortunately, not all do.
At non-complying facilities, abuse or neglect can occur, which can take the form of:
- Improper screenings
- Physical or sexual assault
- Financial exploitation
- Withholding food
- Failing to treat illnesses
- Providing incorrect medications or dosages
- Failing to contact the proper services in an emergency
- Failing to maintain a clean and safe environment
- Failing to perform background checks on staff
- Failing to provide adequate training to staff
A center that is lax in its duty of care may be considered negligent and liable for damages that occur if a resident dies.
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When a person decides to enter a drug or alcohol treatment facility, they do so expecting that the services will help them get better. Unfortunately, dire consequences may result if the individual is subject to abuse or neglect by the staff. If this happens, surviving family members may have legal recourse for holding the responsible parties accountable.
At Lowe Lazar Law, our San Diego rehab abuse lawyers work diligently and tirelessly toward just outcomes for our clients. Contact us at (619) 815-8156.