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.