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Nadrich & Cohen is representing victims who suffered a personal injury or death while in a California rehab facility.

As California rehabilitation negligence attorneys we are committed to obtaining justice for personal injury and/or death rehab victims.

Contact our California rehab negligence lawyers for assistance.  We are rehab experts. We promise we will fight hard for you and give your case the individual attention it deserves.

We have six offices throughout the state and ten meeting locations to consult with you.

Call 800-718-4658 now for help.

The Dangers Of Rehab Facilities

There are two primary types of rehab facilities:

Inpatient: Patients stay in an inpatient facility \until their treatment is over. They stay between 7 and 30 days.

Outpatient: Patients live at home and attend an outpatient facility for treatment. It is common for patients to start inpatient and then transition to outpatient.

Inpatient recovery includes:

Detoxification: removing the addictive substance from the body.

Rehab: Rehabilitation gets to the primary cause of a patient’s substance abuse.  The goal is to change the patients mindset. Rehab can include group and individual therapy sessions and more.

Aftercare: Support which reinforces the rehabilitation progress and continues with coping mechanisms.

Rehab Center Negligence

Most rehab lawsuits result from some facility negligence during the detoxification. A detoxing patient is extremely vulnerable and needs support. These patients can be in danger at any time.

Rehabilitation center negligence occurs when the rehab staff fails to give patients an adequate level of care. Failures can include medication failures, supervision failures, dangerous care failures, dangerous premises and more.

There are strict California laws protecting rehab centers patients.

The Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act includes guidelines for rehab centers. This Act considers people living in rehab centers to be “dependent adults.

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The law provides that dependent adults receiving treatment should not be subject to:

  • Abandonment, neglect, abuse or any other conduct which can cause mental or physical harm.
  • A staff member or caregiver withholding services or goods which are necessary to avoid mental or physical harm.

It is negligence to withhold services necessary for safe detoxification.

Patients require the best care, supervision and support to get through this difficult time.

Rehab Center Negligence Types

Most of the negligence in California rehab centers include:

Unsafe environment: Rehab centers must be safe. They must be hygienic and clean.  Steps must be taken to minimize risks, including hostile patient interactions and slip and fall accidents. Patients with a tendency towards self-harm or harming others need to be kept away from dangerous objects.

Inadequate patient evaluation: Rehab staff need to be keenly aware of the situation and the  personal state of patients who check in so they can give them the necessary treatment and care. Failing to do is negligent and dangerous.  Many cases occur when one resident is assaulted by a roommate or another resident.

Unsuitable staff:  A Rehab center staff needs to be properly vetted, trained and qualified if the rehab center’s environment is going to be caring and safe.

Abuse: People in rehab centers can be exposed to abuse, including mental, physical and sexual abuse. Assisted living facilities have long had a problem with nursing home abuse.  These same issues apply to rehab abuse cases. Rehab center abuse can cause emotional and physical distress to patients.

Inadequate supervision: Patients in rehab centers are quite vulnerable and even suicidal. Drug and alcohol rehab centers must give their patients adequate supervision and support for the sake of safety.

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A Typical Rehab Center Lawsuit

The family of a man who committed suicide while in rehabilitation sued and obtained a recovery.

We have seen rehab centers cases connected to the Church of Scientology that practice Narconon. Narconon is an addiction treatment method which many medical experts consider dangerous.  Patients can become injured or even die from the Narconon program.

People hurt by a rehab facility can get help today.  Call 800-718-4658 today.

How Common Is Rehab Facility Negligence?

There are over 1,000 registered rehab centers in Southern California: over 300 in Orange County, many in San Bernardino County, Riverside County and Los Angeles County. This does not include unlicensed “sober living homes”.


  • Around 140 people died during detoxification in California rehab facilities from 2012 to 2017.
  • Over 500 complaints yearly are filed in California concerning rehab facility care.
  • There’s a death on average every two weeks due to licensed California rehab facilities.


Narconon has been connected to some rehab facility cases. It is a controversial organization running dozens of residential rehab facilities worldwide. It is connected with the Church of Scientology.

The Narconon method is based on the theories of Scientology’s founder L. Ron Hubbard. The method is based on flushing out traces of an addictive drug from the body.

Experts say this method isn’t based on scientific fact, can be unsafe and has no research backing it as being effective.

Inspectors have cited many Narconon centers in California. The violations have included not giving patients adequate bedding, having alcohol on-site and giving patients unauthorized medication. Numerous publicized deaths have occurred at Narconon centers.

Nadrich & Cohen Is The Right Choice

Nadrich & Cohen has proven itself to be a top-tier California law firm since 1990. Insurance companies hate us because they know our strong, battle-tested lawyers will obtain justice for our clients in the form of the largest possible recovery. We’ve recovered over $350 million on behalf of our clients.

Nadrich & Cohen is committed to providing only the best representation with a compassionate touch. We know how sensitive the subjects of rehab and addiction can be and we know these subjects deeply impact individuals and families.

There is no charge to you for our services. We only charge a percentage of your recovery if we obtain a recovery.  You will not be charged if we do not obtain a recovery.

Call Nadrich & Cohen today for a free consultation at 800-718-4658. You can also talk with our live chat, email us at info@personalinjurylawcal.com or complete the free “Do I Have A Claim?” form.