Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in Charleston, WV
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
When you make the difficult choice to place a loved one in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility, you trust that the doctors and staff will provide nothing short of the highest level of treatment, assistance, and care. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Although it is one of the most horrifying things for most to imagine, nursing home abuse and neglect is shockingly common in the United States. According to one study from the National Center on Elder Abuse, as many as one in three U.S. nursing homes have been cited for abuse. Even more alarming, of 2,000 nursing home residents interviewed, 95% reported being abused or neglected in some way.
At Warner Law Offices, PLLC, we believe no one should suffer abuse or neglect at the hands of trusted caregivers. Since 2000, our firm has been fighting on behalf of injured victims and the surviving loved ones of those who die due to others’ negligent and wrongful conduct. Our West Virginia nursing home abuse attorneys provide skilled representation to victims of nursing home abuse and neglect and their families, and we are ready to fight for you.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms. While physical abuse is one of the most commonly known—and typically easiest to detect—forms of abuse, nursing home residents are also susceptible to emotional and mental abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, and general neglect. Often, elderly individuals require medical attention and care and may suffer from substandard treatment, medication errors, and other serious forms of medical malpractice. All of these forms of abuse and neglect can have devastating and even fatal consequences.
That being said, it can be difficult to detect when a loved one is suffering from abuse, neglect, or poor treatment in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Often, elderly individuals are unable or unwilling to speak up for themselves, so it is crucial that you know the signs of abuse so you can take immediate action.
Some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect include:
- Wandering and elopement
- Bedsores and untreated illnesses/infections
- Dehydration and/or malnutrition
- Falls and other preventable accidents
- Unexplained changes in mood or behavior
- Appearing withdrawn, agitated, or distressed
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Significant and rapid changes in weight
- Unwillingness to speak in certain staff members’ presence
- Injuries to or near sexual organs, including female breasts
- Unexplained death
- Soiled or dirty clothing, sheets, linens, etc.
- Unusual withdrawals from bank accounts or bounced checks
- Unexplained injuries, such as bruises or broken bones
- Poor facility maintenance
- Unusual changes to financial documents, such as a will
If you feel that something is “off,” follow your instincts. You can report suspected abuse or neglect to the nursing home’s administrator or contact the authorities. If you believe your loved one is in imminent danger, call 911.
How to Report Nursing Home Abuse in West Virginia
First and foremost, if you believe your elderly loved one or any other person at the nursing home facility is in immediate and serious danger, call 911 right away. For all other instances, you can report suspected nursing home abuse and/or neglect to various appropriate authorities.
You can report elder abuse, neglect, and mistreatment via the state’s 24-hour hotline: (800) 352-6513. You can find more information about reporting elder abuse on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Adult Protective Services’ website here: https://dhhr.wv.gov/bcf/Services/Pages/Adult-Protective-Services.aspx.
You can also report suspected nursing home abuse and neglect to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman by calling (800) 834-0598 or visiting the West Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Directory.
For more information on reporting suspected nursing home abuse and neglect, as well as resources regarding elder abuse and mistreatment, visit the following sites:
- West Virginia Adult Protective Services
- West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services
- West Virginia Long Term Care Ombudsman
- West Virginia Office of Attorney General
How Does Nursing Home Abuse Happen & Who Is Liable?
Too often, understaffing, overcrowded nursing homes and general staff negligence lead to serious physical and emotional harm. Regardless of the cause, nursing home abuse and neglect should never occur, and those responsible for perpetuating this conduct should be held accountable.
Depending on the specific details of the situation, any of the following parties could be liable for nursing home abuse and/or neglect:
- A nursing home staff member
- An on-site doctor or nurse
- The nursing home administration
- A fellow resident
- The entity responsible for maintaining the premises
- Another third party
In most cases, the nursing home itself is liable for all injuries, illnesses, and deaths caused by abuse and neglect. However, our team can conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly which factors played a role in the incident, as well as who is liable. We work with a team of forensic, liability, and damages experts to evaluate the full extent of our clients’ losses, as well as the nature of their injuries and the value of compensation they are owed.
At Warner Law Offices, PLLC, we believe it is essential to pursue justice in these cases and seek compensation for the injured victim. Our West Virginia nursing home abuse attorneys not only strive to help our individual clients obtain justice for the suffering they have endured but also work to help prevent similar acts of abuse and neglect from harming someone else.
How Our Firm Can Help
The attorneys at Warner Law Offices, PLLC take nursing home injury and malpractice cases seriously. We know the impact a successful result can have on both our clients and others. To allow us to focus on providing strong and personable representation, we are selective about the cases we handle. We would rather take a few important cases and make a real difference in our clients’ lives.
Our firm handles nursing home abuse cases involving:
- Improper use of restraints
- Wrongful death
- Sexual and physical abuse
- Injuries resulting from falls
- Failure to bathe nursing home residents, resulting in infections
- Medication errors, including incorrect prescriptions and wrong medication dosages
- Malnutrition and dehydration
We offer free initial consultations to all new and prospective clients, and we do not collect any attorney fees unless/until we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
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When a loved one is in a nursing home, assisted living center or other long-term care facility, we expect that he or she will be treated with respect. We hope that our loved one is receiving the personal care that we cannot provide ourselves. When this does not happen, our firm fights tirelessly to hold doctors, nurses, aids, and other nursing home staff accountable for their actions.
We are ready to fight for you and the justice you and your loved one deserves.