Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home residents look forward to their time with family members and friends. Those days come and go quickly, along with the stories about their children and grandchildren’s lives passing too fast. When nursing home residents are suffering from neglect or abuse, they may not want to burden their family members with problems.
The experienced Norfolk nursing home abuse lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers understand that your family members are precious and need to be protected against those who would take advantage of, neglect, or hurt them in any way. Trust us to aggressively pursue a case against the people and institutions responsible for harming your loved ones so we can recover compensation for injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering—compensation that your family deserves.
If your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse or neglect, contact Lowell Stanley. From our office in Norfolk, our nursing home abuse lawyers can help clients throughout Virginia, including Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and surrounding areas. Your initial consultation is always free, and you won’t pay us attorney’s fees unless we win or settle your family’s case. So get the help your loved one needs today—just dial (757) 459-CASH or complete our free online form.
Ask Questions About Your Loved One’s Care
Because family members in assisted living may be reluctant or unable to discuss nursing home neglect or abuse, it is important to be observant and ask questions of the staff.
Signs of nursing home neglect and abuse may not always present themselves in an obvious manner. Take note of the condition of your family member’s room and personal hygiene. If there is a sudden change in medication or diet, evidence of restraint use, bruising, or poor hygiene, find out what is behind it. Changes in environment can be indicators of neglect or abuse and need to be taken seriously.
Ask the staff about the environment and daily activities of your family member and other nursing home residents. Getting a general feel for the environment will help alert you to any changes that occur. If staff members are unwilling or reluctant to answer questions, contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at Lowell Stanley immediately so we can help you investigate the living conditions of your loved one.
Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights
The decision to move into assisted living does not include forfeiting basic rights and privileges. Nursing home residents should expect to continue to be able to control important aspects of their daily lives, including finances, food and medication schedules, and to enjoy basic rights to privacy, confidentiality, and information.
The list that follows demonstrates some of the rights nursing home residents should expect.
- The right to be informed about the nursing home
- The right to choose a physician
- The right to know about medical conditions
- The right to participate in a plan of care
- The right to be free from abuse and restraints
- The right to privacy, dignity, and respect
- The right to manage personal finances
- The right to see visitors
- The right to confidentiality
- The right to be made aware of services and charges
- The right to voice grievance without retaliation
- The right to organize and participate in groups
- The right to participate in social, religious, and community activities
- The right to examine reviews
- The right to remain in the nursing home
If any of these rights have been denied or infringed upon in any way, contact our Norfolk nursing home abuse lawyers today. We have experience dealing with these cases, and we’ll work hard to protect your loved ones and secure compensation for their injuries and pain and suffering.