Friends, this happens frequently.

Assisted Living and Nursing Home residents (mostly female but not exclusively) are victims of sexual assault.

I know of cases where staff, other residents, visitors etc. take advantage of these elderly persons.

In last week’s Virginia Lawyer’s weekly, our friend in Virginia beach Carlton Bennett obtained a great verdict for someone who was assaulted by a staff member.

The mentally retarded 56 year old male plaintiff was assaulted by a male staff person with a known history of assault. YES – you read that right. The facility hired someone with a criminal assault record.

And they acted surprised when this person forced himself upon a resident?

I know that people do awful things, but please be aware that sexual assault does happen in Nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult care facilities in Virginia and West Virginia.

Frith law firm has handled similar cases in the past and while it is my hope and prayer there is never a need for our help (meaning no one is ever victimized again)… we are proud of those attorneys in Virginia standing up for the victims.

Lauren Ellerman
Lauren Ellerman

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