MartinWren, P.C.’s nursing home lawyer Charlottesville VA trusts has extensive experience litigating nursing home neglect lawsuits and elder abuse cases. Nursing home negligence arises when a facility responsible for providing care for the elderly or infirm fails to do so, causing serious or fatal injuries to their patients. These cases are especially troubling because the injured victims are vulnerable and often unable to protect themselves due to their weakened physical, mental, and emotional states.
Nursing home neglect cases often involve a nursing facility’s failure to provide patients with basic necessities of life, including water, food, and basic medical care. Neglected elderly or infirm patients may suffer serious injuries, such as broken hips, broken bones, and fractured bones, sepsis, dehydration, malnutrition, pressure ulcers and bed sores, or adverse reactions from inadequate or improper medications. These problems could arise for a number of reasons, from inadequate training, understaffing of nurses and other personnel, medication errors, medical malpractice, or downright neglect.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified fall-related accidents as a leading cause of injuries and deaths for nursing home residents, with an estimated 1,800 nursing home deaths occurring each year from fall-related injuries. Falls can be attributed to a number of factors, including individuals who have weak or failing legs, hazards in the nursing home, such as wet floors, dim lighting, beds with improper heights, failing to install bed rails and take other fall-prevention precautions, and falls caused by other defective or malfunctioning equipment, such as faulty wheelchairs. Call the nursing home lawyer Charlottesville VA residents have turned to for years if you have questions about a fall in a nursing home.
In addition to facing threats from unsafe conditions in nursing facilities, elderly and infirm patients may also be victims of nursing home abuse. In extreme cases, physical or sexual abuse in nursing homes can create a host of injuries — broken bones, open wounds, internal injuries, and other injuries — and the injuries may not be known or reported. Nursing home residents may also be exposed to an emotionally and verbally abusive environment, where they are subjected to ridicule, threats, or harassment. If you suspect any of this, speaking to the nursing home lawyer Charlottesville VA trusts should be your first step.
Victims of nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse may be entitled to compensation for the injuries they suffered due to the negligence or intentional abuse of their caregivers. Damages may include past and future medical bills to treat the injuries, emotional distress damages, pain and suffering, and, in egregious cases, punitive damages. For a consultation with a nursing home lawyer Charlottesville VA looks to, please call Kirk T. Becchi toll free at (855) 812-9220.
Virginia Elder Abuse Attorneys
The Virginia Elder Abuse Attorneys of MartinWren, P.C. have litigation experience with elder abuse cases, where a caregiver or other trusted advisor takes advantage of an elderly individual’s trust and confidence. This typically occurs when an individual’s advanced age makes them dependent on others for assistance with activities of daily living, including managing their financial affairs. In such situations, it is not uncommon for untrustworthy or unscrupulous individuals to gain access to an elderly person’s finances and to embezzle or waste the elderly individual’s funds, property, and assets.
Please call Kirk D. Becchi at (540) 437-1243, or Jonathan T. Wren or Robert E. Byrne, Jr. at (434) 817-3100, to speak with one of our Virginia Elder Abuse Attorneys and to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.
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