When you help place a loved one in a nursing home, you undoubtedly look for a nursing home that shows promise. You may interview staff, take a tour, read brochures, conduct independent research, and compare and contrast various homes. The nursing home you eventually decide upon may be one that is affordable or close to your home or filled with high-end services. Regardless of the type of nursing home you choose, you want to trust that the nursing home aides will take care of your loved one with the same attention and concern that you would utilize.
Unfortunately, each year, there are thousands of reports of nursing home neglect and abuse in the state of Virginia alone. Experts predict that a vast majority of instances of abuse and neglect go unreported either due to fear of retaliation or because the family members are unaware. Nursing home abuse and neglect are criminal offenses. Virginia requires nursing home workers to exercise care, respond diligently to medical emergencies, and treat residents gently. However, criminal prosecution is rare. When family members suspect elder abuse, the best path to justice is through a personal injury claim.
When your family member is elderly and vulnerable, Scott Barney can assist them with pursuing a Virginia nursing home neglect or abuse claim that can compensate them for physical injuries, medical expenses, pain, suffering, and loss of quality of life. Our attorneys are passionate about Virginia nursing home neglect and want to assist your family with finding justice amidst this monstrosity. To schedule a free consultation and discuss legal action against those responsible for nursing home abuse, call Scott Barney at 757-965-7200 today.
Virginia Nursing Home Abuse
Almost 2 million elderly patients are currently residing in long-term nursing home care facilities, and this figure is expected to multiply in the future. Many elderly patients rely on government-funded programs such as Medicare and Medicaid to help them afford exorbitant nursing home costs. The average Virginia Beach nursing home costs hundreds of dollars a day, and without the assistance of welfare programs, many Virginians would be unable to afford nursing home care. As part of its services, Medicare offers a comprehensive ranking and rating program of nursing homes nationwide that accept coverage. Many elderly patients and their family members rely on these ratings to choose facilities.
Unfortunately, the cleanliness or price of a nursing home is often not an indicator of the quality of its employees, and many nursing homes are able to disguise issues with violent or aggressive aides during interviews and tours. However, each year, countless reports of nursing home abuse are filed in Virginia. Because of the fragile and vulnerable nature of the elderly victims, many of these victims experience extreme trauma, exacerbated medical conditions, and oftentimes, death.
- Medical malpractice or negligence
- Automobile accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Defective or dangerous medicine or products
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Nursing home abuse or neglect
Nursing home abuse can involve:
Statutory beneficiaries are dependents or family members of the deceased who may file and recover in a wrongful death lawsuit. Statutory beneficiaries may include:
- Physical assault
- Psychological or emotional abuse
- Verbal abuse
- Theft or misappropriation of funds
- Intentionally withholding medications or treatment
- Forgery and fraud
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect is often done unintentionally yet is the result of carelessness or negligence. When an elderly patient is placed in a nursing home facility, the nursing home has a legal duty of care to see to it that the elderly patient is monitored, kept clean, administered doctor-prescribed medications, and treated in a timely manner. Most instances of nursing home neglect occur when a nursing home is understaffed, does not have nurses or doctors available for large portions of the day or is underfunded.
Nursing home neglect is often hard to spot because you are not with your loved one every minute of the day. In addition, many vulnerable elderly patients are unable to communicate when they are in pain or feel ill.
Some common signs of neglect include:
- Change in appearance
- Worsening of condition
- Bedpans have not been changed
Experienced nursing home injury attorney prepared to review your case
When a loved one has been abused or neglected by nursing home workers, you need a law firm that you can trust and rely on. Scott Barney is eager to tackle your case by investigating potential neglect or abuse, explaining your options, and pursuing aggressive legal action against the nursing home. To schedule a free appointment, contact Scott Barney today at 757-965-7200. Our law firm serves clients throughout Virginia Beach.