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Nursing Home Malpractice

lawyer for nursing home malpractice in VirginiaThe choice to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility negligence challenging, and you take your choice of nursing home very seriously. Whichever facility you select, you trust it to ensure that your loved one is safe, healthy and happy during his or her stay.

At The Law Firm of Carlton F. Bennett, P.L.L.C., our Virginia Beach nursing home and assisted living facility negligence care attorney is an aggressive, results-focused advocate for residents and their families. We will ensure that they pay for any and all damages that your loved one suffered. Call our law firm today to set up a free, confidential consultation with an experienced Virginia nursing home malpractice lawyer.


When nursing home negligence occurs, the consequences can be tragic for your family. The data on nursing home injuries and deaths is alarming. Negligence resulting in serious injury or death is much more common than it should be. According to data from the National Council on Aging (NCOA), more than ten percent of older adults have endured some form of neglect. Public health experts caution that the true number may even be higher, as nursing home malpractice is underreported.  Nursing home injuries come in a wide range of different forms, including:

  • Pressure Injury Wounds: Pressure wounds or bed sores are usually preventable. A bee-bound patient must be frequently turned an repositioned. These wounds may results in sepsis and even death.
  • Wrongful Death: Many preventable and avoidable injuries result in death. Our wrongful death law firm has vast experience in handling such cases.
  • Caregiver Neglect: Neglect is a form of nursing home abuse. Residents require adequate care and supervision. Caregiver neglect can lead to serious illnesses, medical complications, and injuries, including bed sores, dehydration, malnutrition, fall accidents, medication errors, sepsis, and death.
  • Sexual Assault/Sexual Abuse: Sexual assault and sexual abuse has been reported in assisted living facilities. If you believe that your loved one was the victim of sexual abuse, either by a staff member or any other party, call our Virginia Beach law firm immediately.
Nursing Home Malpractice


Plaintiff had uncontrolled diabetes and underwent an amputation of his right leg, above the knee. The surgery was successful and he was discharged from the hospital to a nursing home. The family visited often and found feces and urine in his bed, diaper and in his stump wound bandage. By the 9th day of admission he had drainage from the stump incision, it was warm to touch, and the drainage was yellow-greenish. These are symptoms of an early infection. The nursing home did nothing except clean up the wound and reapply a dressing. By the 12th day of the admission Plaintiff’s daughter visited and felt that he smelled septic and he had frank puss draining from his wound, a yellowish color. The nursing home tried to prevent her from sending him out to the emergency room, but she called the ambulance anyway and the EMT’s took him over to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a complicated wound infection in his stump, had six weeks of antibiotic therapy and two surgical procedures to debride and revise his stump, losing an additional four inches of femoral bone. As a result he gained weight, became weak, and was unable to be successfully fitted for a prosthetic leg. The nursing home settled the case two months prior to trial as a result of mediation.


Nursing homes are required to protect their patients. All nursing home residents have important rights under both state and federal law. The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act and Code of Virginia § 32.1-138 provide much needed protections and, if something goes wrong, legal remedies. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes abide by the obligations. Too many do not hire enough staff members or fail to appropriately screen or train their staff members. Sadly, vulnerable people might pay the price for their negligence.

If you worry that your loved one is the victim of nursing home negligence, you should be able to hold the guilty party accountable. Nursing home abuse and neglect is not always easy to detect—especially if your elderly or vulnerable loved one has difficulty communicating. You should always follow up on your suspicions that something is wrong.


Nursing home abuse and neglect claims are complicated. Unfortunately, many families struggle to get justice. At The Law Firm of Carlton F. Bennett, P.L.L.C., we know how to hold negligent assisted living facilities and long term care centers accountable. Our firm can offer advice and a clear perspective on nursing home negligence that results in serious injury or death, our team is more than ready to take action to protect your family. Our attorneys and support staff use all the available evidence to make a strong case for your loved one to get full financial compensation.

Virginia nursing home abuse and neglect attorney Carlton F. Bennett has the skills and knowledge to handle all types of nursing home injuries and related claims—from neglectful issues like pressure sores and assisted living facilities falls fractured hips and wrongful death. Whatever type of experience you are going through, we have helped clients through similarly challenging circumstances. With a focus on getting the best outcome, we are here to help and to represent you confidently, as we have for many other clients.


At The Law Firm of Carlton F. Bennett, P.L.L.C., our Virginia nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer is a compassionate and effective advocate for the people who need help the most. If your loved one was injured or harmed in an assisted living center, we are more than prepared help. For a free, no-risk consultation about your personal injury case today at 757-486-5454. You can also complete and submit our online contact form. From our office in Virginia Beach, we represent nursing home abuse and neglect claims all over the Hampton Roads area, including in Norfolk, Newport News, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, and Poquoson.

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