Richmond Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers
Learn Why More People Choose Us for Personal Injury in Virginia
Nursing homes can be held financially liable for the abuse and neglect of patients held in their care. Licensed by the state of Virginia, nursing homes and assisted living centers are required to adhere to certain procedures and standards in order to stay in operation and not be found liable of nursing home negligence. As a result, certain records, staffing levels, conditions of cleanliness, and medical services must be maintained.
When investigating nursing abuse cases, Cravens & Noll works with private investigators and medical professionals in reviewing nursing home records, staffing reports, patient charts, video camera footage, if available, and eyewitness testimony.
If you suspect a family member has been neglected or abused while in the care of a nursing home facility, contact Cravens & Noll today to schedule an initial consultation. Our Richmond nursing home abuse lawyers will be happy to discuss your elder law case and legal options.
Warning Signs of Neglect or Elder Abuse — When to Call an Attorney
While not exhaustive, the list below provides a general overview of some of the most common warning signs of nursing home abuse or neglect:
- Bed sores
- Sudden, unexplained weight loss
- Ligature marks on the wrists or ankles
- Unexplained bruising
- Slips and falls due to unattended wanderings
- Dangerous drug reaction due to misdosing
- Sudden emotional withdrawal
- Missing personal items from room
- Sexual or physical assault
- Broken hip and other unexplained fractures
Nursing Homes and Their Duty to Patients
Nursing homes have a duty of care to ensure their patients are taken care of properly and protected from certain kinds of dangers. As a result, any failure on the part of a nursing home to comply with the law or provide a secure environment constitutes a violation of their duty of care. For example, a failure to conduct proper background checks on employees or a failure to staff an appropriate number of registered nurses or geriatric doctors can constitute a failure on a nursing home’s part. When investigating nursing home abuse cases, our attorneys expose inadequate staffing, poorly maintained standards of cleanliness, an absence of nurses or doctors, and other factors that contributed to our client’s neglect or abuse.
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