Do you suspect that a loved one in elder care has been subjected to neglect or abuse by their caretakers? Nursing home abuse and neglect are sadly widely prevalent in the United States. If you have discovered that someone you care about has been subjected to such treatment, it can be extremely devastating to everyone involved—especially the victim. You deserve justice.
At Page Law Firm, P.C., our nursing home negligence lawyers in Richmond refuse to tolerate elder neglect and abuse of any form. If you or an elderly loved one has been harmed while in elder care, we possess the experience and tenacity necessary to investigate your claim and fight for your rights in court. We are not afraid to take the defendant to court in order to help you obtain the maximum compensation you and your family deserve.
The National Center on Elder Abuse has identified seven basic forms of nursing home abuse and neglect that can occur:
Negligence may involve deliberate acts against an elderly resident or a failure to act in the resident's best interest. Signs of neglect may include malnutrition, dehydration, poor hygiene, and bedsores.
Signs of elder abuse to look for in your loved one in nursing home care include:
Most abuse and negligence occurs in long-term care facilities which are understaffed and overcrowded—there are too few caregivers and too many residents with varying medical problems and personal needs. Additionally, nursing home staff and even other nursing home residents may think they can take advantage of elderly residents, especially those who have physical and/or cognitive difficulties. In the event your loved one has been harmed, we are prepared to fight for their rights and help you ensure their safety going forward.
Several considerations should be taken into account before pursuing a civil action.
First, testimony from independent witnesses is important to establish medical negligence. Jurors will be more likely to believe witnesses who do not stand to gain financially if a verdict is rendered for the victim or the victims’ family. However, this type of proof is not easy to obtain since most abusing health care providers do not openly abuse residents in front of witnesses.
Another factor to consider is the severity of the injuries. Does the victim now suffer from a permanent physical disability as a result of the nursing home abuse? If the nursing home abuse is mental, does the victim require extensive therapy to address the issues caused by the abuse?
What damages are you entitled to? Medical expenses, the cost of replacement or alternative care, and other relevant costs can likely be recovered. Additionally, punitive damages are designed to punish the offending institution and deter future conduct. These types of damages frequently reach a million dollars, depending on the nature and extent of the nursing home abuse. Virginia allows the plaintiff to seek punitive damages in the most reprehensible cases.
Finally, the financial stability of the offending nursing home may also be a consideration. Many nursing homes have gone bankrupt and have no insurance to respond to a judgment for damages. In such instances, a civil legal remedy may not be worth pursuing.
If you suspect nursing home abuse of a friend or relative in a nursing home, and you are considering bringing civil action, you should contact an experienced attorney who handles these types of cases. These medical negligence cases can be difficult and expensive to litigate. The nursing home insurer will do whatever it takes to protect their client’s best interests, so you need an experienced advocate on your side to stand up for your own.
We are experienced in representing plaintiffs in nursing home abuse and medical negligence cases. At Page Law Firm P.C., our Richmond nursing home negligence attorney has handled many such cases to a successful conclusion, winning our clients millions of dollars in settlements while also ensuring the safety and care of their loved ones. We take nursing home neglect and abuse cases seriously and are prepared to conduct a thorough investigation to prove fault and hold any and all liable parties responsible for the harm they have unjustly caused.
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