Nursing Home Neglect

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.

Study Finds Low Quality of Life for Virginia’s Elderly Population

by Staff Blogger | August 7th, 2014

Some say happiness is the key to health and longevity. But recent research shows the elderly population of Virginia is below average when it came to quality of life.

An article from Health Canal explains the study, conducted at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, examined the results of surveys from 80,000 U.S. seniors collected as part of the National Health Interview Survey from 1997-2010. The results determined that the elderly in Virginia had lower quality of life scores, which resulted in a ranking of 34th in the nation when it came to quality of life for the elderly.

Experts attribute the low scores to higher rates of immobility and disability. Another factor that may play a role is nursing home abuse, considering reports show as many as one-third of nursing home residents are the victims of neglect and/or violence.

The Roanoke personal injury lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm say you can protect your loved one’s quality of life if they are living in a nursing home by:

  • Visiting Often- Rates of abuse and neglect are much lower amongst the elderly living in care facilities when family and friends are regularly present.
  • Ask Questions- Address any issues or concerns you may have about your loved ones care with those who are overseeing their treatment.
  • Report Anything Out of The Ordinary- The only way to stop abuse and neglect is to stand up to it by making the proper authorities aware of any behavior or policies that are believed to be against the law.

Woman Sentenced in Virginia Nursing Home Abuse Case

by Staff Blogger | April 4th, 2013

April 4, 2013

Last Friday, a judge with the Virginia Beach Circuit Court sentenced a 48-year-old woman to more than a year in jail after she pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a case of Virginia Nursing Home Abuse.

The woman had been caring for a 94-year-old woman with dementia for roughly five years when employees with a private home care facility began to suspect mistreatment. Hidden cameras were installed in the victim’s room and caught footage of the accused repeatedly slapping, hitting, and further abusing the victim. The caregiver was charged in July 2011 with abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult.

An article in The Virginian-Pilot revealed that roughly one in three residents of nursing homes are victims of abuse or neglect in the United States each year. This is considered to be a conservative estimate as many cases go unreported. These numbers leave many families wondering how they can better protect their loved ones from such harm.

Industry experts say one of the best ways to keep your family member safe is to hire a licensed home care agency rather than a private caregiver. This ensures standards of accountability are followed. It is also important to ask questions about the care your loved one receives.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm suggest discussing your legal options with a qualified attorney if you suspect your loved one is the victim of abuse.

Virginia Nursing Home Owner Guilty Of Patient Abuse

by Staff Blogger | May 10th, 2012

May 10, 2012

Research shows that 2.1 million elderly Americans suffer from abuse or neglect each year. Furthermore, for every case of neglect and abuse that goes unreported to the law, there may be as many as five other cases that are not identified.

One Martinsville, Virginia, nursing home owner will pay the price for his part in perpetuating this problem after he was found guilty today of abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult that resulted in death. According to an article released by WSLS 10 News, the man will now face a sentence of five years in prison when sentenced later this year in October.

The charges stem from an accident that occurred in February of last year at a group home for adults that resulted in a 57-year-old Parkinson’s Patient being severely burned. Court documents and testimony show that the man was left in a bathtub with scalding water that left the man with second and third-degree burns over a large portion of his body.

Caretakers failed to give the man proper treatment or take him to a hospital under the direct order of the group home’s owner. Roughly two weeks later the patient died from Sepsis and secondary infection stemming from the wounds.

The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm say that the best way to prevent Nursing Home Neglect from occurring to your loved one is to remain active in their care. Ask plenty of questions to caretakers and doctors to better understand and to ensure that your loved one gets the care they need.