When you decide to put a loved one in a nursing home or other type of residential living facility, you trust that your loved one will get the care, treatment, and respect they deserve. Unfortunately, elder abuse occurs more often than you would expect in nursing homes, and the abuse is usually not discovered by family members until victims have suffered extensive abuse for lengthy periods of time.
If you believe your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, an attorney can help. The Charleston, West Virgina nursing home negligence lawyers at Tiano O’Dell, PLLC, are passionate about protecting victims of elder abuse and pursuing all parties responsible for the abuse your loved one has suffered under a personal injury claim. Contact our office for a free and confidential consultation with one of our nursing home abuse attorneys.
Our Nursing Home Abuse Practice
- Our personal injury lawyers in Charleston, West Virginia have earned a reputation for legal excellence in their hard work and professionalism. They have been recognized by the prestigious American Trial Lawyers Association for their success in the courtroom and have been honored as West Virginia Super Lawyers.
- We understand the emotional, physical, and financial toll that nursing home abuse can take on victims and their families. Our respectful and compassionate attorneys will meet with you to hear your story, answer your questions, and discuss your legal options.
- Our attorneys know state and federal regulations that were implemented to protect vulnerable nursing home residents. We are committed to aggressively advocating for those who have suffered at the hands of someone else’s abusive and negligent practices.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
No two circumstances of nursing home abuse are the same, and signs of abuse can vary in each case. In general, indicators of abuse include both physical and emotional signs. Changes in personality, withdrawal from social settings, and volatile behaviors are all signs of nursing home abuse. Sometimes, victims demonstrate fear, anger, and obstinance when abusers are nearby. Missing personal items, money, credit cards, and other valuables can also signal financial abuse. Other signs include physical evidence, such as rapid weight loss, dehydration, bedsores, and other injuries.
Examples of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse is often thought of as physical abuse causing bruises, broken bones, and other types of obvious injuries. However, many different types of abuse occur in nursing homes, and evidence of abuse often goes beyond physical injuries. See below for common examples of nursing home abuse.
Neglect – Nursing home neglect occurs when a resident’s basic needs are not met. Those needs include emotional care, hygiene, medical care, food, and hydration. Neglect can be extremely damaging to nursing home residents’ physical and emotional well-being.
Financial abuse – Aging nursing home residents are susceptible to abuse, and nursing home employees sometimes prey on those vulnerabilities for their own financial gain. Stealing valuables, such as money and credit cards, taking over control of financial accounts, forging check signatures, and coercing residents to provide financial support to predatory employees are examples of financial abuse.
Physical abuse – In general, physical abuse is intentional violence against a nursing home resident. Striking, pushing, inappropriate use of restraints, and other use of force against a nursing home resident amount to physical abuse.
Sexual abuse – Sexual abuse is not uncommon in nursing homes, and abusers are often strangers visiting the facility, other residents, and nursing home employees. Signs of sexual abuse include physical trauma in the genital area, blood-stained clothing, pain, and sexually transmitted disease or infection.
Medical malpractice – When nursing home residents are injured as a result of substandard medical care, they may have a medical malpractice claim against negligent providers. Medical malpractice in nursing homes often involves failing to properly examine, treat, and diagnose residents.
Emotional abuse – Emotional abuse can involve shaming, controlling, manipulating, embarrassing, criticizing, and bullying with abusive words and behaviors. Nursing home residents who are victims of emotional abuse are often unable to recognize and articulate the emotional abuse they endure on a regular basis.
Isolation – Isolation is often associated with neglect, but it is a separate form of nursing home abuse. Isolation occurs when a resident is separated from other residents, family members, and visitors and excluded from social events. Isolation can lead to feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety, and other emotional and physical health complications.
Negligent security – Nursing home residents need supervision and protection. Facility administrators and employees are responsible for protecting residents from foreseeable harm. For example, residents should be protected from criminal attacks and prevented from wandering away from facilities when it is unsafe for residents to do so.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
We will investigate your suspicions, gather evidence of abuse against your loved one, and look at facility and employee history of abuse or other wrongful conduct. We will report our findings and evidence of abuse to the appropriate authorities and file the necessary legal documents for your personal injury claim. Our attorneys will advocate for compensation for your loved one’s injuries and damages and ensure that all responsible parties are held accountable. If nursing home abuse resulted in or contributed to your family member’s fatal injuries, we will pursue the defendants in a wrongful death claim. Depending on your particular circumstances, surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for losses they sustained as a result of your loved one’s death.
Contact Our Charleston, West Virginia Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
At Tiano O’Dell, PLLC, our priority is advocating for injured victims and pursuing maximum compensation from all responsible parties. If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, we can help. Contact our office at (304) 720-6700 to speak with a nursing home abuse attorney today. We know that these cases can be challenging and emotional for abuse victims and their loved ones. We will go over your case and address all of your questions and concerns. Our attorneys will be by your side throughout the legal recovery process.