Nursing Home Malpractice
The choice to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility can be challenging, and you take your choice of which 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.
NURSING HOME INJURIES ARE A SERIOUS PROBLEM
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 bed-bound patient must be frequently turned and repositioned. If left untreated, these wounds may result in sepsis 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: 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.
YOUR LOVED ONE DESERVES TO BE PROTECTED
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 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.
How to Recognize Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect occurs when the care a nursing home resident receives falls below the required standard of care. Some instances of nursing home neglect are obvious because they leave physical damage. But other instances might not be as readily apparent. Knowing the signs of nursing home neglect can help ensure your loved one is happy, safe, and cared for. If you recognize or suspect neglect of your loved one, immediately contact a nursing home neglect attorney.
Bedsores are pressure injuries that often occur in people who cannot move or are bedridden. They commonly occur in older people. A bedsore is caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. They can lead to ulcers, infections, and, if untreated, death. Caregivers at a nursing home must regularly turn bedridden patients and ensure that they do not put pressure on the same body part for too long. If you see bedsores or signs of infection, this is a sign of nursing home neglect.
Unsanitary Living Conditions
Your loved one and their room should be kept clean and disinfected. If your loved one’s clothes or bed sheets are dirty, this can be a sign of neglect. Also, if your loved one’s clothes or bed are soiled, this is a sign of neglect and a serious problem.
Lack of Necessities
Failure to provide your loved one with adequate food and water is nursing home neglect. If you notice your loved one has unexplained weight loss or seems excessively thirsty, investigate why. Starvation and dehydration are serious and can lead to other problems as well.
The nursing home must make the living arrangements of your loved one safe. If you notice any issue with the utilities in the nursing home, you should inform the staff immediately and follow up until it is resolved. Utility issues include a broken heater, lack of electricity, or water problems. If you see issues such as chairs with wobbly legs, notify someone. The nursing home should keep furniture regularly maintained. Any infestation of bugs or rodents is also a serious issue. If you see this, report it immediately.
What to Expect When Hiring a Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
Choosing a nursing home neglect lawyer is an important decision. You need someone who can best represent your loved one and get them the justice they deserve. When hiring a nursing home neglect lawyer, there are certain factors you need to be aware of to make the best-informed decision.
A good Virginia Beach nursing home malpractice lawyer has experience. Make sure they have experience in nursing home neglect specifically. Experience ensures the lawyer has an extensive understanding of nursing home neglect laws. They’ll also be aware of the process and deadlines of a nursing home neglect lawsuit. At The Law Firm of Carlton F. Bennett, P.L.L.C., we have over four decades of legal experience in helping our clients achieve justice.
Most cases between nursing homes and residents (and their families) do not go to trial. Instead, they are settled. But sometimes, parties do not agree, and cases go to trial. Be aware that this could happen to you as well. You should research nursing home neglect lawyers who have trial experience and have tried nursing home neglect cases in the courts, so your attorney will be prepared if your case goes to trial.
Check the nursing home neglect lawyer’s record. An attorney should be able to share this with you. See what type of cases they worked on. The best scenario is an attorney who has dealt with several nursing home neglect cases. Ask if you can find out how similar cases were handled and ended.
Before you sign with a nursing home neglect lawyer, talk with them first. Expect that most attorneys offer free initial consultations where you can tell them about your case, and they can explain how they can help you.
CALL OUR VIRGINIA BEACH NURSING HOME NEGLECT ATTORNEY TODAY
At The Law Firm of Carlton F. Bennett, P.L.L.C., our Virginia nursing home 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 call us at 757-486-5454 today. You can also complete and submit our online contact form. From our office in Virginia Beach, we represent nursing home neglect claims all over the Hampton Roads area, including in Norfolk, Newport News, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, and Poquoson.