Nursing Home Abuse
May 10th, 2021
When you’re looking for a nursing home for your loved one, your top priority is to find one where they’ll be safe and well taken care of. Unfortunately, some nursing homes not only fail to provide adequate care to residents, but they put them in harm’s way due to abuse and neglect.
While looking for a nursing home, always be on the lookout for these warning signs before moving your loved one into a care facility:
- Staff turnover—Ask about average staff tenure. Do most caretakers stay at least a few years, or is there a constant revolving door of caretakers with short tenures? Significant and frequent turnover means unhappy staff and an inability for caretakers to get to know residents.
- Facility cleanliness—Is the nursing home clean and orderly, or is it dirty and unorganized? The cleanliness of a nursing home can tell you a lot about how the management treats residents. Also, dirty nursing homes can also put residents at risk of infection, as germs spread more easily.
- Residents’ moods—Do the residents seem happy and engaged, or are they depressed and withdrawn? It’s not uncommon for a few residents to be down, but most residents should be cheerful. If you notice that most residents seem to be in bad spirits, it could be a reflection of poor care.
Even if you find a great nursing home for your loved one, it’s important to never let your guard down. A new caretaker or management team can significantly impact resident care and wellbeing, so stay vigilant. And if you do suspect abuse or neglect, contact the Virginia nursing home abuse lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.
December 14th, 2020
Nursing home abuse gets a lot of media attention. After all, what’s more abhorrent than some of the most vulnerable members of society being physically, emotionally, or even sexually abused by the people who are supposed to take care of them?
However, residents don’t have to be actively abused by staff members to suffer in their care facilities. Another significant problem that residents face is neglect. This can be even more debilitating than abuse, as it’s not always immediately obvious but can cause more serious and wide-reaching consequences, including potentially fatal health complications.
Because neglect typically doesn’t show up as cuts, bruises, or lacerations, it’s important for residents’ family members to be on the lookout for other symptoms, including:
- Weight loss or dehydration—Pay attention to your loved one’s overall appearance. If they appear gaunt, thin, or dehydrated, it may be because they aren’t getting enough food to eat or liquids to drink.
- Poor personal hygiene—Residents should receive personal hygiene items to keep themselves clean. Or, if they’re unable to do so themselves, they should receive frequent baths from staff members. Foul odors or general uncleanliness can indicate neglect.
- Unexplained worsening of health—Because many nursing home residents are elderly or already in poor health, it’s common for some to decline over the years. But when it happens suddenly or with no explanation, it may be due to lack of medical care, attention, or access to medications.
If you notice these signs, or if you simply suspect anything out of the ordinary with your loved one, don’t hesitate to contact our Virginia nursing home abuse lawyers. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to help victims and their loved ones get maximum compensation.
April 20th, 2020
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia nursing home abuse attorneys are always looking for ways to protect and uphold the rights of nursing home residents throughout the state. Abuse and neglect can occur anytime and anywhere in nursing facilities, especially when they are understaffed or employees are undertrained.
However, a new threat to residents has emerged in recent months: COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. This infection has spread rapidly throughout the U.S., and many nursing homes nationwide have been hit particularly hard by it. To make matters worse, elderly people and people in poor health are most susceptible to developing severe and potentially life-threatening complications from the disease.
It’s important for nursing home staff to take all necessary precautions to protect their residents, their visitors, and themselves from this potentially deadly virus. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes are following protocol when it comes to reducing risks. Failing to abide by recommended precautions, such as not quarantining residents who are suspected to have the virus, or failing to wash hands and wear masks, is both negligent and dangerous.
Although COVID-19 can’t be completely stopped or eliminated, it’s essential that public health facilities, including nursing homes, do everything in their power to reduce risks. Was your loved one put in harm’s way via abuse or neglect at their nursing home? If so, we want to hear from you. Contact us today for a free consultation. It’s our goal to help you get the compensation you deserve.
December 30th, 2019
Due to America’s aging population, nursing homes are big business, and they’re only going to become more in-demand and plentiful throughout the country, including Virginia, in the coming decades. And while most nursing homes provide residents with the care, respect, and attention they deserve, some are more focused on making money than making sure their residents are taken care of.
When nursing home owners and administrators understaff or hire employees who aren’t properly trained or educated, residents may be more likely to be abused or neglected. The signs of abuse and neglect aren’t always easy to spot, and residents may be mistreated for months or even years before anyone notices—especially if they’re too afraid to speak out.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that nursing home residents deserve to be treated in accordance to the state’s Nursing Home Bill of Rights. It guarantees that residents should be free to voice complaints and concerns, free from mental and physical abuse, and free to possess personal items, among many other rights. When those rights are violated, residents and their families should have recourse, including filing compensation claims.
Our Virginia nursing home abuse lawyers have helped many mistreated nursing home residents and their loved ones get damages for the indignities they suffered at the hands of profit-driven nursing homes, and if you suspect your loved one has been abused or neglected, we may be able to help you too. Contact us today for a free consultation.
October 14th, 2019
If your loved one lives in a nursing home, you may worry about their health, well-being, and happiness. Most nursing homes provide excellent care to residents, but others are primarily concerned with profit—not resident satisfaction. Those nursing homes are more likely to understaff or hire underqualified employees, and when caregivers are inexperienced or spread too thin, residents are more likely to be abused or neglected.
Some signs of abuse and neglect are obvious. Residents who are physically abused may develop cuts, scrapes, bruises, and even broken bones. Neglected residents may lose weight, become dehydrated, or suddenly develop new health problems or a worsening of existing health problems. However, other types of mistreatment are difficult to detect.
Mental abuse can occur for years without family members realizing it. When residents are humiliated, insulted, shouted at, or intimidated, they may become withdrawn, anxious, depressed, and fearful. In some cases, they may be threatened into silence, causing them to become too afraid to tell their loved ones and other staff members about the abuse.
Financial abuse may also occur over a long period of time without detection. Staff members may steal residents’ personal possessions, coerce them into giving them money and other assets, or even make fraudulent changes to major financial documents, including property deeds, vehicle titles, and living wills.
It’s important to be on the lookout for less obvious types of abuse and neglect and to be ready to act if you suspect they’re occurring. The Virginia nursing home abuse lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers have helped many families dealing with nursing home mistreatment, and we know how to build claims that get results. Contact us today.
July 22nd, 2019
You trust the owners, managers, healthcare providers, and staff members at your loved one’s nursing home to provide them with compassionate and effective care. However, some nursing homes value profits over the well-being of their residents—and their misplaced and negligent priorities can sometimes put residents’ lives at risk.
If you believe that your loved one was abused or neglected while living in a nursing home facility, it’s important to call an experienced Norfolk nursing home abuse attorney right away. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our legal team will investigate your claim and collect evidence that proves your loved one’s rights were violated. Then, we’ll pursue maximum compensation for your family, which may include:
- Medical bills—Nursing home abuse and neglect can result in serious health problems, and victims may require expensive medical treatments to recover.
- Lost or stolen property—Staff members may damage or steal residents’ possessions, or they may force them to sign over their own personal investments.
- Pain and suffering—Residents who are neglected or abused often carry both physical and psychological scars. They may deal with the effects of their mistreatment for the rest of their lives.
When your trust is violated by an organization that was supposed to be in charge of looking after every aspect of your loved one’s day to day life, you and your loved one deserve to be compensated for what you’ve been through. Let us put our experience to work for your family. Call us today for a free consultation.
April 15th, 2019
Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places where people receive personalized healthcare and assistance with their day-to-day living tasks. Unfortunately, some nursing homes are the opposite, as negligent staff members put residents’ well-being and lives in danger due to abuse and neglect.
Negligence may occur when nursing homes understaff in an effort to save money, or they hire underqualified and unvetted workers. Too many nursing homes value profits over the health of their residents, and when their priorities are skewed, innocent people suffer.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk nursing home abuse attorneys are dedicated to holding negligent nursing homes and nursing home owners responsible for the harm they cause to residents. If your loved one suffered an illness or injury because of abuse or neglect while living in a nursing home, we’re here to help.
We know what evidence to look for to prove that your loved one’s health problems are caused by poor quality of care, and we know how to build a claim that the nursing home can’t ignore. Call us today for a free consultation—we’re ready to help your family get the compensation you deserve.
December 10th, 2018
The thought of your loved one being abused by a medical professional or staff member at his or her nursing home is horrifying. Many people with loved ones living in nursing homes share that worry, and that means they’re often on high alert for signs of physical or mental abuse when they visit their family members.
However, neglect can be more difficult to detect, but it can also have seriously detrimental effects on the health and happiness of nursing home residents. Common types of neglect include:
- Neglect of primary needs—Residents may be deprived of basic needs like food, water, and a clean room, bed, and clothing. Weight loss, dehydration, or unsanitary conditions may be blamed on the resident or his or her medical conditions.
- Neglect of medical needs—Many nursing home residents suffer from health conditions that require frequent treatment and evaluation. When residents are victims of neglect, they may receive their medication sporadically or go days without it, and they may be deprived of the medical care they need from doctors and specialists.
- Neglect of personal needs—It’s important for nursing home residents to feel like they’re part of the community. When residents are left alone for long periods of time or aren’t allowed to participate in activities, their mental health may suffer.
If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected in his or her nursing home, contact a Norfolk nursing home abuse lawyer today. The legal team at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers is ready to help—call for a free consultation.
August 13th, 2018
Finding out that your loved one wasn’t given the care, attention, and medical treatment he or she deserves in the nursing home is devastating. It’s even worse to learn that he or she was physically, mentally, or sexually abused while living in the facility.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we have zero tolerance for facilities that hire staff members who mistreat residents. When we take on such claims, we do everything in our power to get maximum compensation for victims and their families. It’s the least we can do to help them put the incident behind them and to find better accommodations and facilities where residents are treated with respect and dignity.
If your loved one was abused or neglected in his or her nursing home, there are two important reasons that you should calling a Norfolk nursing home abuse attorney:
- We’ll stand up to the nursing home and its insurance company—Many nursing homes are parts of big corporations, and there may be dozens of similar nursing homes operating under the same management and ownership. That can make it difficult for individual families to pursue compensation. But we know how those corporations and their insurers operate, and we can beat them at their own game.
- We’ll fight for your loved one’s rights—Nursing home residents in Virginia have many rights, and when they’re violated, and they deserve a voice and an advocate. In addition to fighting for your loved one to get fair compensation, we’ll also fight to make sure his or her rights are upheld and respected.
Call today for a free consultation. Your loved one deserves experienced legal representation after what he or she has been through, and we’re here to help.
May 21st, 2018
The possibility that your loved one is being abused or neglected while living in a nursing home can be difficult to come to terms with. You may feel powerless, guilty, and frightened for his or her health and well-being.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know how devastating that realization can be. You trusted the healthcare professionals and staff at the nursing home to provide your loved one with the absolute best care possible, but instead, he or she is suffering at their hands.
As soon as you suspect that mistreatment is occurring, it’s important that you take the following three steps:
- Ask your loved one about what’s happening—If possible, speak to your loved one in private about his or her treatment at the nursing home. Although it’s common for residents to feel too intimidated or anxious to tell others—even their own family members—about their abuse or neglect, a private and honest conversation can help you learn more about what’s happening.
- Speak with the nursing home director or manager—Bring up your concerns with a member of the management team or the director of the nursing home. In some cases, a single staff member can be responsible for abusing multiple residents, and altering management can save others from that same mistreatment.
- Call an experienced Norfolk nursing home abuse lawyer—When residents are abused by nursing home staff, they and their families deserve compensation, but it can be difficult to get it without legal advocates on their side.
We’re ready to help you and your loved get the money you deserve for what you’ve been through. Call today for a free consultation.