September 5th, 2022
Nursing home administrators and staff members are supposed to take good care of their residents. Not only do residents and their families pay large amounts of money every month to ensure they’re well taken care of, but nursing home residents are also granted many rights via state law in Virginia.
The rights that nursing home residents are granted in Virginia are extensive, and they must be known and followed at all times by nursing home administrators and staff members. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.
When nursing home residents’ rights are disregarded or violated, their quality of life and health can suffer, and they and their loved ones may be eligible to file nursing home abuse or neglect claims. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia nursing home abuse attorneys use Virginia Code 32.1-138 to help build many of the claims we handle for our nursing home abuse clients.
Some of the most important rights that nursing home residents are granted are:
- The right to be fully informed of medical treatments and the right to participate in the planning of their medical treatment
- The right to voice grievances against nursing home facility staff
- The right to manage personal financial affairs
- The right to freedom from mental and physical abuse, as well as physical restraints unless authorized in writing by a physician for limited period of time and for a specific purpose
These are just a few of the rights that residents are granted in Virginia. If you suspect that your loved one’s rights were violated, we want to hear from you. Contact us today for a free consultation.
June 27th, 2022
Nursing home abuse is more common than most people think. Nursing home residents aren’t just at risk of being abused by staff members and caregivers, but also by other residents. This type of abuse can occur when residents share a room or interact in a common area, such as the nursing home’s dining room, lobby, library, and other shared spaces.
When residents abuse other residents, the nursing homes they live in may be liable for any injuries and damages the residents suffer. That’s because nursing homes are required to keep residents safe from preventable harm, and that includes mistreatment at the hands of other residents.
Nursing home residents who are abused by other residents often show many of the same physical and psychological symptoms as residents who are abused by caregivers. For example, they may have unexplained bruises or cuts, or they may experience pain that can reduce their mobility. They also may become fearful of being left alone or of being near the resident who abuses them.
These cases can be especially challenging when the abuser shares a room with their victim. Their victims may be afraid to speak out to caregivers, healthcare professionals, and even their own family members when they visit. Because of that, abuse can go on for months or even years before it’s discovered.
If your loved one lives in a nursing home, it’s important to always be on the lookout for signs of abuse or neglect. If you suspect your loved one is being mistreated, our Virginia nursing home abuse lawyers want to help. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.