Nursing Home Abuse

The Worst Thing You Can Do Is Nothing

by Staff Blogger | March 2nd, 2017

The realities of aging become very clear when you can no longer care for yourself. It can be demoralizing to realize that you need care around the clock. The last thing you want to do is to be a burden to family and friends, which is why so many Roanoke seniors make the decision to move into a nursing home. As their family, you did your best to get them into the best facility they could afford, under the assumption that not only would their needs be met, but their dignity would be upheld as well.

Now that you suspect they could be the victim of abuse or neglect, the worst thing you can do is nothing. At Skolrood Law Firm, we’ve handled a number of nursing home abuse cases. One thing the victim’s family never says is, “we called too soon.” If there is any regret or guilt to be had in a situation like this, it’s waiting until it’s too late to call an experienced nursing home abuse attorney. Every day you wait to call is another day your aging loved one has to endure on their own. Don’t wait.

If you suspect your aging loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect, call the experienced Roanoke nursing home abuse attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate the nature of your loved one’s injuries and fight to get them the compensation they deserve. Contact us today.

How to Recognize Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

by Staff Blogger | December 8th, 2016

With the number of reported cases of nursing home abuse and neglect in Virginia, you may be wondering how you can determine whether or not your aging loved one has been a victim. The truth is abuse or neglect isn’t always apparent on a routine visit. You need to look for specific signs or indicators of abuse and ask the right questions of your loved one to uncover how they are truly being treated.

Questions like:

  • Do you feel safe in the care of the attendees?
  • Are you getting your medication at the same time every day?
  • How often are you allowed to bathe or are assisted in bathing?
  • Are you allowed to handle your own finances?
  • Do you feel like your needs are being fully met?

Common signs of abuse or neglect that you should be looking for include:

  • Bruises or apparent physical trauma
  • Sudden and/or excessive weight loss
  • Fleas, lice, or dirt on resident or in resident’s room
  • Poor personal hygiene or other unattended health problems
  • Torn clothing or broken personal items
  • Unpleasant odors in room or facility
  • Untreated bedsores, wounds, cuts, bruises, or welts

Every nursing home resident in Virginia deserves a certain standard of care. When that care is compromised, it’s time to get an experienced nursing home abuse attorney involved to ensure your aging loved one’s rights are protected. If you suspect your aging loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, contact us immediately. We’ll work quickly to protect your loved one while fighting to get them the compensation they deserve for what they’ve been through. Contact us today.

Nursing Home Abuse in Roanoke

by Staff Blogger | September 8th, 2016

In a perfect world, we would be able to take care of our aging loved ones’ needs up until their death, but many times that’s impossible. It’s also unfair to your loved one. They need around-the-clock care, and that’s something you just can’t provide. That’s why you decided to find them the best nursing home facility you could to give them the care they need in their latter years. However, now you suspect they could be the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, but how do you prove it? And what should you do in the meantime?

Give us a call. Our experienced nursing home abuse lawyers have helped concerned family members like you get the answers they seek. Our team of investigators will work to uncover any evidence of neglect while protecting your loved one’s rights at the same time. If neglect does exist, we’ll hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions by fighting for the compensation your loved one deserves.

If your aging loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, give us a call today for a free consultation. They deserve justice for what they’ve been through, and we’ll do everything within our power to make sure they get it.

Nursing Home Abuse in Norfolk

by Staff Blogger | July 21st, 2016

Your aging loved ones are more than family members; they represent an entire generation of love, progress, and wisdom. They deserve the utmost respect, as well as the opportunity to live the remainder of their lives with dignity. You try to do right by them by finding the best assisted care facility in Norfolk. They deserve nothing less. However, if you discover that less is exactly what they’re receiving, they need someone to stand up for their rights. At Skolrood Law Firm, that’s exactly what we do.

Every nursing home resident has the right to:

  • choose a physician
  • be free from abuse and restraints
  • privacy, dignity, and respect
  • manage personal finances
  • see visitors
  • be made aware of services and charges
  • voice grievance without retaliation
  • organize and participate in groups
  • participate in social, religious, and community activities
  • examine reviews
  • remain in the nursing home

If your loved one has been denied any of these rights, they may be the victim of abuse or neglect. Call our Norfolk nursing home abuse lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll put our team of investigators to work immediately to uncover any abuse that exists and hold the responsible party accountable. Isn’t your loved one worth the call? Contact us today.

Nursing Home Abuse in Norfolk

by Staff Blogger | June 2nd, 2016

We all want what’s best for our aging loved ones. Often that means finding a permanent residence for them throughout their golden years that meets their needs and provides them with the respect and dignity they deserve. We trust these facilities to look after our loved ones when we no longer can. When that trust is compromised by neglect or abuse, we step in to defend the rights of the victim and hold the offending facility accountable.

But what is nursing home neglect or abuse? Well, it can come in a variety of forms, including:

  • Passive neglect, including malnutrition, chronic psychological health problems, dehydration, bedsores, or lack of personal hygiene.
  • Physical abuse, including unexplained bruising, restraint trauma and injuries, and recurring injuries.
  • Psychological abuse, resulting in depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.

If you see any signs of neglect or abuse to a loved one in a nursing home, give us a call immediately. We’ll fully investigate the nature of your loved ones distress to determine whether or not nursing home abuse exists. If so, we’ll fight to hold the responsible parties accountable. Protect your loved one’s rights and give our Norfolk nursing home abuse attorneys a call today.

Abingdon Facility Facing Claims of Nursing Home Abuse

by Staff Blogger | December 10th, 2015

An Abingdon, Virginia, care facility for the elderly is at the center of a legal controversy involving allegations of nursing home abuse and neglect. The lawsuit was filed after a former employee claimed she was wrongfully terminated for reporting incidents where policies and procedures weren’t followed.

In February, the plaintiff in the case was hired as a quality assurance nurse at the facility in question. She soon began to witness patients suffering abusive and neglectful care in addition to being aware of records being altered after a patient died.  The nurse reported the incidents, but was fired from the facility in April.

The former nurse filed the suit claiming she was wrongfully terminated from her position in retaliation for her reports of misconduct. The facility has denied the claims, but this isn’t the first time the nursing home has been at the center of controversial care.

According to an article from WCYB News, the federal government ranks the facility with only one star out of five. This means the center is ranked as being “much below average” when it comes to meeting industry standards for care. Furthermore, the facility was fined more than $83,000 two years ago for undisclosed violations.

Our team at the Skolrood Law Firm believes in holding elder care facilities and their staff accountable for their actions. Our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are hopeful a resolution to this case will help to improve the care Virginia’s elderly citizens receive and will bring closure to those who were affected by the incidents in question.

Neglect is the Most Common Form of Nursing Home Abuse in Virginia

by Staff Blogger | June 4th, 2015

When we think of nursing home abuse, the first thing that comes to mind is typically physical abuse from a caretaker. Our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers point out that while these types of abuse may be rampant, neglect and lack of proper supervision harm more nursing home and assisted living patients in Virginia each year.

A report from the Adult Protective Services Division of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services shows that, of the more than 10,000 reports of Virginia nursing home abuse the agency has received, more than half reported cases of neglect. According to an article from the Daily Press, neglect was defined as any living circumstance that failed to provide services necessary to maintain physical and mental health. Some of the reported cases of neglect included instances of unsanitary living conditions, non-functional restroom facilities, bed sores, and untreated illnesses or injuries.

If you have a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, one way to help prevent abuse and neglect is to visit often and look for warning signs, such as bed sores, unexplained injuries, dirty facilities, or changes in your loved one’s behavior. If you suspect your loved one—or any resident—is suffering abuse or neglect, immediately report your suspicions to the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. If someone is seriously injured or you believe their life may be in danger, call 911.

Our Roanoke personal injury lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm explain that victims of nursing home abuse and their families may be entitled to compensation for any harm suffered at the hands of abusive or neglectful nursing home staff. If you or your loved one were hurt while receiving treatment at a long-term care facility, report the abuse and then speak with an attorney.

Our team is available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have regarding the law and how it applies to Virginia nursing home abuse by calling (866) 215-8065 or filling out our free online form.

Case of Potential Nursing Home Abuse at Abington Facility Sparks Investigation

by Staff Blogger | April 16th, 2015

Abuse and neglect of the elderly living in long-term care facilities is a rampant problem across the United States, but especially here in Virginia. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates up to one third of residents in assisted living facilities will become victims of nursing home abuse or neglect this year.

Numbers like these may leave you wondering what you can do to combat this problem. Reporting any suspected abuse or neglect is a good first step. A thorough investigation can then be launched into the incident to determine if there was any wrongdoing.

An Abington, Virginia, nursing home is currently at the center of such an investigation after an anonymous tip led law enforcement and the Virginia Department of Health Services (VDHS) to believe that the death of a patient at the facility may have been avoidable.

An article from WJHL News says that the resident passed away on April 3. Over a week later, both the Abington Police Department and the VDHS began looking into the matter. While no information or conclusions from the investigation have been made public, information has come to light that this isn’t the first time the facility has been investigated for an incident where a patient was harmed.

Documents show that in 2013, the facility was cited for hiring employees with a history of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of patients. Furthermore, the nursing home did not report or investigate potential cases of abuse or neglect while also failing to establish policies that prohibit such behavior.

One of the only ways to enforce accountability for medical and support staff at nursing homes is to investigate all possible instances of nursing home abuse or neglect. Our Roanoke personal injury lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm send their condolences to the family of the victim. The investigation won’t bring their loved one back, but hopefully, the results of the investigation will help protect the safety of residents at the Abington facility and ensure that anyone responsible for wrongdoing is held accountable for their actions.

Lawsuit Filed Against Lynchburg Bus Driver For Beating Boy

by Staff Blogger | February 16th, 2012

February 16, 2012

When we think of nursing home abuse, we imagine it happening to an elderly person at an assisted living facility. What we often fail to remember is that the same abuse and neglect can happen to our children in the company of others.

Take, for instance, a case reported by WSLS 10 News of an 11-year-old autistic boy from outside Lynchburg, Virginia, who was beaten last fall by a bus driver and her assistant while they were taking him home. Video footage from the bus shows the two women kicking and beating the child with a fly swatter that September afternoon. Upon investigation, Bedford County school officials fired the two women for their actions and turned the case over to police. Two months later, the women were convicted of misdemeanor assault and received 12-month reduced sentences.

Only recently, though, did the boy’s family file a lawsuit for the alleged abuse. Their lawsuit seeks $20 million in damages from the Bedford County Schools, along with an additional $500,000 in punitive damages to be collected from the two women.

On Wednesday of this week, an attorney for one of the women filed a response to the lawsuit claiming no wrongdoing on her part.

The Virginia Caregiver Abuse Attorneys with the Skolrood Law Firm may be able to help answer some of your questions if your loved one has been caused physical or mental harm while in the care of another person.