Nursing Home Abuse
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.
August 11th, 2014
When our loved ones are unable to care for themselves, using a home care provider or nursing home’s services may be the best way to ensure they receive the medical attention they need. On the other hand, nursing home abuse rates are through the roof.
The National Center for Elder Abuse reports that as many as 1 in 3 nursing home residents will become victims of abuse or negligence. Experts are quick to point out this estimate may be on the low end though, considering a large number of cases may go unreported.
Officials are hoping to curb the number of elderly patients who are harmed each year by creating a new plan to address the problem. The Elder Justice Roadmap lays out five priorities that are key to combating nursing home abuse, and they include:
- Awareness- Finding new and innovative ways to educate the public about nursing home abuse through improved policies and research is crucial.
- Brain Health- Improving patient brain function through focused research is believed to also have a significant impact on nursing home abuse rates.
- Caregiving- Providing better support and training to healthcare workers.
- Economics- Pinning down the costs associated with nursing home abuse will also work to dissuade the behavior.
- Resources- Investment in resources to support victims of nursing home abuse is important to victims’ recovery.
The Norfolk personal injury lawyers with Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are hopeful these changes will successfully bring an end to nursing home abuse in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
August 27th, 2012
August 27, 2012
A study conducted by the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee found that 30 percent of nursing homes in the United States—5,283 facilities—were cited for almost 9,000 instances of abuse over a recent two-year period.
One such case of Norfolk nursing home abuse has come out of a facility in Staunton after allegations of sexual assault on a resident surfaced. According to the News Leader, the allegations came after an inspection by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) found numerous cases of safety violations and staff negligence.
Documents show that 47-year-old staff member sexually assaulted a 53-year old patient when he inappropriately touched her in May. Since then, a 43-year-old female patient has also come forward saying the same staff member assaulted her.
The man has been fired and charged in connection with the incident, along with a hospital administrator who failed to report the abuse. Another staff member could also be charged in connection to the incidents.
The findings came after the VDH cited negligence on the part of staff for such violations as medication errors and infection risks to patients.
The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley say that there is no excuse for elderly folks living in these types of facilities to be treated without the upmost respect and care and are here to help you if your loved one has been injured by another person’s neglect.