Making the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home brings with it many fears. You worry about not seeing your loved one every day. You also worry about whether he or she will receive the best care possible. While most nursing homes in Charlottesville take exceptional care of their residents, it isn’t always the case. Sometimes, elders are abused in nursing homes and, in some cases, they are neglected without their basic needs being met.
When nursing home abuse and neglect occurs, elders and their loved ones must take action to stop the abuse. Additionally, they may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the nursing home or any of its staff members. These claims can provide compensation for injuries and any other losses which the resident sustained as a result of the abuse or neglect.
To learn more about your rights and options, contact Marks & Harrison today through our Charlottesville office. For more than 100 years, we have protected injury victims and their families. We are ready to go to work for you today.
Many types of abuse can occur in Charlottesville nursing homes. They are all inexcusable violations of trust. Some of the most common forms of nursing home abuse are:
Nursing home neglect can take on many forms. However, most cases are categorized into four different types of neglect.
While some of these types of neglect are easy to identify, such as when a resident has been left alone in bed and developed bedsores, others are more difficult to spot.
When a loved one in a nursing home shows sudden changes in physical appearance, behavior or personality, those are signs of nursing home negligence. Some of the most common symptoms include:
If a caregiver refuses to allow you to spend time alone with your loved one, or if there is visible tension between a staff member and your relative, those are also indications of nursing home neglect or abuse.
It is extremely difficult when suspicions arise that your loved one is not being cared for in a proper manner in a Charlottesville nursing home. If you suspect that your family member is being abused by nursing home staff member, it will be important for you to take action immediately. Below are the steps to take to hold a nursing home accountable and protect your loved one:
Unfortunately, reporting suspected nursing home abuse or neglect and getting your loved one out of the facility is not enough. If your loved one has suffered injuries or losses, your loved one may be entitled to compensation. At Marks & Harrison, our compassionate legal team knows just how devastating nursing home abuse and neglect is to families. We are ready to help. Contact us today for a free consultation so we can get started on your case.