West Virginia Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Lawyers
Legal Help for People Injured by Negligent or Abusive Nursing Homes
Our population is aging, especially in West Virginia, and there are now more than 1.5 million Americans in nursing homes. Sometimes nursing homes or assisted living facilities are the best option for our loved ones. Nursing homes are expensive, and we trust they will keep our loved ones safe and provide them the best quality of life possible.
Unfortunately, nursing homes don’t always keep their promises and provide the good care residents deserve. Even worse, some nursing homes neglect or abuse their residents. Although some nursing homes provide good care, thousands of nursing home residents have been injured or killed because of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Stopping nursing home abuse before it happens is of course what every family wants. Familiarizing yourself with some of the signs of nursing home abuse described below may help you identify when a family member is not receiving the care and treatment he or she deserves.
However, if you suspect you or a family member have been injured or killed because of nursing home abuse, it’s important to act quickly to protect your rights and prevent further abuse. We invite you to call West Law Firm today for a free legal consultation. Our toll free number is 1-877-943-9378.
How to Recognize Nursing Home Abuse and/or Neglect
Neglect occurs when a nursing home resident is deprived of care and/or services that are necessary to maintain his or her health and welfare. Regardless of whether the neglect is intentional or unintentional, it’s still against the law.
Some signs of nursing home neglect or abuse
- Unexplained signs of injury such as bruises, welts, or scars, especially if they appear symmetrically on two side of the body
- Broken bones, sprains, or dislocations
- Untreated injuries and injuries in various stages of healing
- Bed sores/failure to turn resident on a regular schedule
- Report or signs of drug overdose or failure to administer medication regularly (a prescription has more pills remaining than it should)
- Head, neck or brain injury
- Resident’s report of being neglected
- Unusual weight loss, dehydration, malnourishment
- Poor Hygiene, Soiled Bedding
- Negligent Medical Care
Emotional or Behavioral Changes
- Agitation, withdrawal, fear
- Frequent crying
- Complaints of poor treatment
Get a Free Consultation with a West Virginia nursing home abuse & neglect lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured or dies while a resident of a nursing home, we invite you to call us today for a free consultation. Our toll free number is 1-877-943-WEST (1-877-943-9378). We are located in Charleston, West Virginia, and we proudly serve people who have been injured or the victim of wrongful death anywhere in West Virginia, including but not limited to Beckley, Logan, Huntington, Parkersburg, and Hurricane, WV. If you cannot come to us, we will send a nursing home lawyer to you.
Where to Report Neglect and Abuse of Elders in West Virginia
If you or a loved one was injured or the victim of wrongful death because of a negligent or abusive nursing home, it’s important to call an experienced injury lawyer like those at West Law Firm as soon as possible to preserve evidence and protect your rights. Suspected elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation of any kind that occurs anywhere may also be reported in West Virginia to the 24 Hour State wide Elder Neglect & Abuse Hotline at 1-800-352-6513. Or you can visit the Department of Health & Human Resources Local County Office Directory to contact specific county offices directly regarding suspected elder mistreatment.
To reach the West Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman (in charge of overseeing nursing home abuse and neglect) telephone 1-877-987-4463.