Nursing Home Abuse
Virginia Nursing Home Laws
Virginia law on long term care and retirement facilities
As a nursing home resident, you have certain rights under federal and state law that protect you against abuse, neglect, and substandard care. An experienced Roanoke, Virginia, nursing home injury lawyer can help you investigate a claim of neglect by obtaining the medical records, organizing the patient chart, ordering state survey data on the nursing home, reviewing past claims of abuse and neglect at the facility, and providing you with your legal remedies.
Over 1.5 million elderly adults now live in nursing homes throughout the United States. Even as many loved ones have moved into skilled care facilities, the incidence of nursing home abuse and neglect has increased. We have an obligation as a society to provide the best care possible to nursing home residents. If you suspect abuse or neglect at a nursing home in Virginia, or the surrounding area, you must act quickly to investigate and protect your family’s rights.
Here is a summary of the many cases where we have helped Virginia families in serious cases of nursing home neglect and abuse:
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
The following are signs of nursing home abuse and neglect: (1) physical assault of residents, (2) sexual assault of residents, (3) bed sores, (4) pressure ulcers, (5) elopement, (6) infection, (7) physical restraint, (8) falls, (9) medication errors, (10) dehydration or malnutrition, (11) contractures.
Often, insufficient staffing – and the pursuit of profits at some facilities – allow nursing home residents to be mistreated. According to a recent federal study, over 91 percent of nursing homes have insufficient nurse aid staffing levels to provide necessary care. Nearly half of all nursing homes would have to increase staffing by 50 percent to meet minimum requirements.