Virginia Nursing Home Negligence
When you make the tough decision to place a loved one in the care of a nursing home, you expect that facility to provide a high quality of care. But, sometimes you may sense or see signs of mistreatment, abuse, and negligence.
Kinds of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home negligence in Virginia may take several forms, including—
- Neglect—failure to provide services or necessary treatment
- Sexual abuse—physical contact without your loved one's consent, showing pornographic material, forcing your loved one to observe sexual acts, forced undress
- Physical abuse—hitting, shoving, improper or wrong medication, improper use of restraints
- Mental abuse—ignorance, isolation, nonverbal threats
In our cases, we have seen these signs which may be an indication there is a problem. Please watch for these warning signs in your loved one:
- Tension between him or her and the care giver
- Changes in behavior
- Signs of physical injury, including bruises, scars, broken bones, dislocations, sprains
- Torn or stained clothing
- Broken eyeglasses
- Signs of overmedication or undermedication
- Weight loss
- Rocking or mumbling
- Unsanitary conditions
- Lack of sufficient staff
- Lack of answers from the staff to your questions
- If you see these signs, make sure your loved one is safe, then call Carroll & Nuttall, P.C.
Nursing Home Injury Law
The treatment of patients and residents of nursing homes is governed by federal law. Your loved one has the right to be free from abuse, whether it is verbal, sexual, physical, or mental. The Commonwealth of Virginia governs the licensing of the facilities and in conjunction with federal law must ensure that each admitted patient is "free from mental and physical abuse." Virginia law also guarantees patient access to his or her own physician and access to medical records.
Carroll & Nuttall, P.C. has years of experience in the federal and state laws that govern the policies, training, proper supervision, and the way to report and identify abuse. When the facilities are unable or unwilling to discharge their duties or care, then we will step in to help.
If you suspect any kind of nursing home abuse, you need to report it to the facility administrator. He or she has a legal obligation to investigate your allegations.
Aggressive Representation until Justice Is Served
From the moment we agree to take on your nursing home negligence case, you can rely on Carroll & Nuttall, P.C. to fight for you or your loved ones in the state or federal courts. Call us today at 703-273-7007 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free initial consultation. Due to the special nature of these cases, we serve the entire Commonwealth of Virginia; however, we are located just steps from the Fairfax County Courthouse.