Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Charlottesville, VA
If you have been faced with the difficult decision of placing a family member in a nursing home, you will want to know that your loved one is receiving the best of care and being treated with courtesy, respect, and kindness. Sadly, this is not always the case.
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) states that elder neglect and abuse is a growing problem nationwide, including neglect and abuse in nursing home environments.
An ABC News article reports that, according to a study conducted by the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, elderly abuse had occurred in one out of every three nursing homes over a two-year period, from January 1999 to January 2001.
Charlottesville & Harrisonburg Elder Neglect Lawyer
If you have discovered that your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home, your best course of action is to consult with a knowledgeable nursing home abuse attorney.
The Kendall Law Firm has dedicated its practice 100 percent to injury cases, and we help injured people, not large corporations or insurance companies.
We are committed to serving the public and offer a free case consultation with no obligation in which we can any questions you may have about your legal options in nursing home neglect or abuse case.
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Our Virginia personal injury lawyers have more than 25 years of injury law experience, and our founding attorney, David B. Kendall, is also a former Judge Advocate General with the U.S. Marine Corps.
We have helped thousands of people across Virginia recover compensation for their losses, and Mr. Kendall has been awarded membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. You can find out more about the quality of service we provide by reading our client testimonials.
Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging (AOA) warns that there are different types of elder abuse, several of which occur in nursing homes:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial exploitation
AOA lists the following common tell-tale signs of nursing home abuse and neglect:
- Sudden change in alertness, withdrawal from normal activities, and depression may be signs of emotional abuse
- Pressure marks, bruises, broken bones, abrasions, or burns may indicate physical abuse, mistreatment, and neglect
- Frequent arguments or a strained and tense relationship between the caregiver and the nursing home resident could indicate abuse
- Poor hygiene, unusual weight loss, bedsores, and unattended medical needs are signs of neglect
- Bruises around the genital area or breasts could mean that the nursing home resident has been sexually abused
- Sudden changes in the nursing home resident’s financial situation could be the result of exploitation.
Injuries From Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect
Injuries suffered by abused and neglected nursing home residents can be physical, emotional, or financial. Some residents are physically or sexually assaulted. Others suffer damage to their health, worsening medical conditions, and unsanitary living conditions because of neglect. Elderly people who are emotionally abused by nursing home staff often experience extreme anxiety and emotional distress. Those who are victims of financial exploitation suffer economic losses, as well.
Common injuries resulting from abuse and neglect in nursing homes include the following:
- Chemical restraint (heavy medication or sedation)
- Physical restraint
- Falls, head injuries, and fractures
- Bruises, abrasions, lacerations, and burns
- Damage to physical and emotional health caused by unsanitary living conditions
- Emotional distress and anxiety
- Worsening, untreated medical conditions
- Wandering/elopement injuries or death
- Injuries inflicted by other residents
- Economic losses suffered because of financial exploitation
Harrisonburg Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
If you suspect that your family member has been neglected or abused in a nursing home, contact our firm. We will give you honest answers, free of charge, with no strings attached.
Please remember to take pictures of any injuries with your smartphone. It helps to document as much as possible at the time of the nursing home incident. Those photos can be very helpful later on.
When you work with the Kendall Law Firm in a nursing home abuse or elder neglect case, you will not pay us any fees until we recover compensation for you.
You can have confidence when you retain our firm that we will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the nursing home abuse and neglect your loved one has suffered and gathered evidence in support of your claim.
We will determine the full extent of all losses and injuries sustained –and prepare the most compelling case possible to actively pursue full compensation on your behalf.