Nursing Home Abuse
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.
January 8th, 2018
If your loved one lives in a nursing home, you expect the doctors, nurses, and support staff to provide your loved one with excellent care. But whether it’s due to lack of funding, poor training, or inattentive employees, some nursing home residents get little to no attention, while others are actively abused by medical staff.
The Norfolk nursing home abuse lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are dedicated to standing up for the rights of abused and neglected nursing home residents throughout Virginia, but we know that this kind of abuse isn’t always obvious. If you suspect that your loved one isn’t receiving the care and attention he or she deserves, watch for these signs of potential abuse or neglect:
- Unexplained cuts, bruises, or pain – Nursing home staff should keep you updated on your loved one’s health and report any falls or injuries to you right away. If you notice that your loved one appears injured or is in pain but you never received an explanation, it may be due to neglect or abuse.
- Worsening health – Many nursing home residents require frequent medication dosages and other treatments to manage their health conditions. If your loved one’s health is worsening with no explanation, it may be due to insufficient care from doctors, nurses, and other staff.
It’s important to act fast if you suspect nursing home abuse, as evidence of the act can quickly disappear. Our legal team knows how to build strong claims for families like yours, and we’ll do everything we can to maximize your chances of recovering compensation. Call today for a free consultation.
October 23rd, 2017
Nursing homes are supposed to be places of healing, acceptance, and accommodation for our loved ones. But conditions such as understaffing, budget cuts, or insufficient employee training can cause residents to suffer mistreatment, neglect, and even abuse at the hands of the people who are supposed to take care of them.
If you notice any warning signs that could indicate abuse or neglect, including poor hygiene, unexplained weight loss, or cuts and bruises, it’s important to act immediately and speak with these three parties:
- Your loved one – If your loved one is communicative, ask them about any warning signs you’ve noticed. Write down any information you get and make a list of follow-up questions.
- A doctor, supervisor, or manager – After you’ve spoken with your loved one, take your list of questions and concerns to a supervisory figure at the nursing home. Get as many answers as you can during this time, and don’t be afraid to continue asking questions.
- An experienced lawyer – Nursing homes are often well-protected from allegations of abuse or neglect. Your concerns may fall on deaf ears without a legal team on your side.
Don’t hesitate to call 911 if you fear that your loved one’s safety or life is in immediate danger.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped many families whose loved ones were victims of nursing home abuse or neglect. Call today for a free consultation with our Norfolk nursing home abuse lawyers.
July 31st, 2017
Making the decision to move a loved one into a nursing home is never easy. It’s even harder when you know that some nursing homes are understaffed or have unqualified employees who oversee residents’ care and well-being. In some cases, staff members even neglect and abuse residents.
When you’re touring nursing homes and trying to decide the best fit for your loved one, be on the lookout for these red flags:
- Poor housekeeping and low standard of cleanliness – While occasional spills, odors, and clutter happen at every nursing home, facilities that don’t appear clean or well-maintained also may be poorly managed—which can lead to poor resident care and even put their health at risk.
- High staff turnover – A nursing home is only as good as its staff. When doctors, nurses, and other caregivers are happy, residents are more likely to get effective and caring treatment. High staff turnover means that employees may have poor morale and may be less capable of caring for your loved one.
- Bad reviews – Appearances can be deceiving, and even the cleanest nursing home with the friendliest staff can still be a poor residence for your loved one. Online reviews can help you learn more about specific nursing homes and whether there are any issues you might not be aware of.
An experienced Norfolk nursing home abuse lawyer has zero tolerance for facilities that fail to give residents the rights they deserve. If your loved one was abused or neglected at a nursing home, we’ll fight for your rights to the compensation you deserve. Fill out an online contact form to get in touch with us today.
June 12th, 2017
No one wants to put their aging loved one in a nursing home. If you were able, you’d take on their continuous care yourself, but that’s just not always possible. He or she needs around-the-clock care that you simply can’t provide. The best we can do for our aging loved ones is to find a nursing home facility that best meets their needs. In Virginia, there are several great facilities, but even the best of facilities can employ less than trustworthy employees.
As a nursing home resident, your loved one has a number of rights. Those rights allow them the same freedoms that every other American is entitled to, such as the freedom to handle their own finances and have a say in their medical treatment plan. On a more fundamental level, they have the right to a safe and trauma-free living environment. However, defending that right on their own isn’t always possible. When their basic dignities are compromised, someone must step in on their behalf. That starts with you, and it ends with us.
If you suspect your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate the suspected abuse and fight to hold those responsible accountable. Don’t let your loved one suffer in silence. Contact us today for your free, no obligation consultation, and let us fight for their rights.
April 3rd, 2017
Taking care of aging loved ones isn’t easy, especially if you’ve never been a caretaker. It can require around-the-clock care–something you and your family simply can’t provide. That level of care is only available from professionals. That’s why you and your family made the decision to find the best nursing home facility your aging loved one could afford, and it was the right decision. Unfortunately, not every facility lives up to the promises it makes.
Nursing home abuse and neglect come in many forms. As a family member, it’s important that you are aware of the signs that nursing home abuse or neglect exist, so that you can protect your loved one from harm. Common signs include:
- Pale complexion
- Untreated bedsores, bruises, or cuts
- Excessive weight loss
- Fleas or lice in the resident’s room
- Poor personal hygiene
- Changes to medications
- Unpleasant odors
- Torn clothing or missing personal items
If your aging loved one shows any of these signs, they may be the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect. Call an experienced Norfolk nursing home abuse lawyer today to learn about your loved one’s rights. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’ll fully investigate the extent of the abuse and hold the responsible facility accountable. Act immediately to ensure your loved one’s safety. Contact us today.
September 12th, 2016
We talk a lot on this blog about respect. That’s because at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, respect is king. We extend it to every client who comes through our doors and we demand it from the insurance company on their behalf. Like most folks in Virginia, the same is true in our personal lives. We all want what’s best for our families, and we’ll do anything to protect them from harm, especially when they can’t defend themselves.
When our aging loved ones decide that a nursing home is the right next move for their lives, our first priority is finding a facility that will care for their needs and treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve. When we suspect neglect or abuse in that care, we immediately want to run to their aid. But how do you prove neglect has occurred?
Here are seven signs that your aging loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect:
- Bedsores or bruises related in immobility
- Sudden weight loss
- Fleas, lice, or lack of cleanliness in the resident’s room
- Poor personal hygiene
- Torn clothing or broken personal items
- Odors of urine or feces
- Untreated wounds, cuts, bruises, or welts
If your aging loved one shows any signs that indicate abuse or neglect, call our experienced Norfolk nursing home abuse lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll fully investigate the nature of your loved one’s injuries and fight to hold the responsible party accountable.
June 15th, 2015
When we think of elder abuse in the United States, what may come to mind is an elderly person who has been physically or mentally harmed by another person’s actions. However, a new study shows that neglect may actually be the most common form of abuse the elderly suffer.
Our Norfolk nursing home abuse lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers explain how researchers from the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services examined tens of thousands of reports stemming from incidents where elderly patients were harmed. They found that more than half of those cases were the result of neglect, including improper supervision.
According to an article from the Daily Press, a majority of these neglect cases occurred within the patient’s home. Roughly half of those victims were Caucasian women age 60 or older. Another 400 of those victims were over age 90.
The home isn’t the only place neglect can occur though. There were 286 cases of nursing home abuse reported in assisted living facilities and another 570 cases that occurred within a nursing home. Another 834 cases were reported in the home of someone other than the patient.
If you or a loved one have become the victim of neglect, it’s important to know that you aren’t alone and that help is out there. Our team of Norfolk personal injury lawyers from Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are here to answer any questions you may have if you suspect you or your loved one aren’t receiving the appropriate care. We can be reached to discuss your situation by calling (757) 459-CASH.
December 8th, 2014
When we send our loved ones to live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, we expect them to be safe from harm; however, one new study is showing this could be far from reality.
Researchers have shown as many as 1 in 5 nursing home patients are the victims of abuse and an unlikely culprit caused a majority of the harm. They examined the reports filed in more than 2,000 cases of nursing home abuse at 10 different facilities and found that instead of staff members being the ones accused of causing a patient harm, it was most often another patient responsible for the abuse.
Facilities with poor staff-to-patient ratios were found to have higher rates of abuse. Other factors that raised a patient’s chances of being abused or neglected included feuds with roommates and crowded conditions.
New America Media reports the profile of the abuser was also not quite what researchers had in mind. They concluded those who are most likely to harm another patient were younger individuals who were less cognitively impaired and suffered from a mood disorder.
So what can you do to protect yourself or a loved one from nursing home abuse? Norfolk personal injury attorney, Lowell Stanley, points out that taking the following actions can significantly reduce the chances of being harmed by a caregiver or fellow patient:
- Visit Often– Make a habit of routinely visiting your loved one where they’re staying.
- Ask Questions– Be sure to have all questions and concerns addressed by your loved one’s caregiver and the facility’s management.
- Know Your Rights– Speaking with an attorney can help you clarify any issues you may have surrounding a case of nursing home abuse or neglect.