Colonial Heights Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

Nursing home abuse represents a betrayal of trust. You and your family entrust caretakers with your loved one’s emotional and physical health. When a nursing home abuses residents or allows abuse to happen, you need justice.

You need compensation to pay for your loved one’s physical and mental injuries. You need to make sure other residents are not subjected to similar abuse. And you need to hold those responsible liable.

The attorneys at Commonwealth Law Group understand the sensitivity of these cases. We will investigate your claims thoroughly and gather evidence to support them. To discuss your nursing home abuse case with experienced nursing home lawyers, contact Commonwealth Law Group to schedule a free consultation.

Below is an overview of some of the issues you might face while pursuing your nursing home abuse lawsuit or claim.

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Nursing Home Abuse Claims

Victims of nursing home abuse may suffer physical, emotional, and financial damage. Pursuing a claim against the abusers and their enablers can give you the resources to begin healing from the abuse.

Nursing home abuse covers five different types of abusive behaviors, which are:

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse can include acts of violence or threats of violence. It can include rough treatment beyond what would be reasonably necessary.

This type of abuse can also include the use of physical restraints. Nursing homes may reasonably restrain some patients, particularly those with signs of dementia. But using restraints as punishment or to reduce the caretaking workload constitutes abuse.

Mental and Emotional Abuse

Mental and emotional abuse can include intimidating, threatening, and demeaning residents. It can also include nonverbal acts like ignoring the resident or isolating residents from their families.

These forms of abuse can cause psychological trauma that alters a victim’s mood and causes them to suffer emotional distress.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse can include sexual acts, threats of sexual acts, and sexual harassment. This abuse can leave victims with both physical and mental trauma. Nursing homes and staff members often take advantage of dementia or memory problems to cover up sexual abuse.

Financial Abuse

Financial abuse happens when nursing homes and caretakers steal from residents. This can include petty theft of the residents’ belongings, systematic overcharging, or embezzlement from residents.

Neglect

Neglect means depriving residents of the necessities of life. These can include food and water. But neglect might also include withholding the following:

  • Medication
  • Clothing
  • Bedding
  • Toilet facilities
  • Bathing

Neglect often happens due to indifference. Since neglecting residents costs less than caretaking, workers and facilities may ignore when neglect happens.

When you suspect your loved one has experienced any of these forms of abuse, you should talk to a lawyer with experience in nursing home cases. A lawyer from Commonwealth Law Group will investigate the conditions in the nursing home to verify whether you have a claim against the home.

Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

When nursing home abuse happens in Virginia, elders can suffer and die. Some nursing home staff allow their patients to suffer injuries or illnesses without treatment, fail to provide assistance that patients require, and in some cases, may even assault patients. The most common signs that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home are:

  • Bedsores
  • Infections
  • Extreme body odor
  • Gaining or losing body weight
  • Lack of grooming
  • Falls or unexplained injuries

If you see any of these signs in a family member being treated at a Virginia nursing home, act immediately. Contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at Commonwealth Law Group to learn more about your rights and the rights of your loved one.

Compensation Recoverable for Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home attorneys can get you or your loved one compensation for abuse. This money will compensate you for your economic and non-economic losses. 

Your economic losses consist of out-of-pocket expenses and lost income, while your non-economic losses compensate you for the diminishment in your loved one’s quality of life.

For a nursing home abuse case, you will often pursue compensation against the nursing home. The caretakers and staff often lack the resources to pay a judgment. But the home has assets and insurance policies. 

Moreover, as long as the abusers were acting within the scope and course of their duties, the nursing home probably bears vicarious liability for the abuse as their employer.

Some theories for pursuing a case against the home may include:

  • Negligent hiring and retention
  • Negligent training
  • Negligent supervision
  • Negligent security
  • Negligent investigation of abuse accusations
  • Financial exploitation
  • Covering up abuse

If you can prove that the nursing home played a role in the abuse, the nursing home’s insurers may prefer to settle your claim rather than endure a jury trial against your elder abuse law firm. 

To discuss the compensation you might recover and the parties you can pursue in your nursing home abuse case, contact Commonwealth Law Group for a free consultation.

FAQs

Similar questions usually arise from nursing home abuse cases regardless of the exact abuse suffered. Following are some frequently asked questions about nursing home abuse claims, along with their answers:

What Should I Do If I Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?

In 2020, a woman noticed that her grandmother was rapidly deteriorating while in the care of Roanoke nursing home Raleigh Court. She was unkempt with greasy hair and had toe injuries that had been untreated for at least two months. These signs of abuse spurred the granddaughter to bring her grandmother to a hospital, where two of her toes were amputated. She then removed her grandmother from the nursing home.

This woman did exactly what you should do. If you see any signs of neglect, get medical attention for your loved one immediately. Then, remove them from the facility. Finally, contact the elder abuse law firm of Commonwealth Law Group to get additional help.

How Much Do Nursing Home Attorneys Cost?

At Commonwealth Law Group, we know that money is tight and a lawsuit sounds expensive. We don’t want to make money matters worse when your loved one is suffering. We charge nothing for your initial consultation and only get paid if we get you money for your case. This lets you stop worrying about money while helping a loved one that has been abused in a Virginia nursing home.

What Is the National Nursing Home Initiative?

The Department of Justice launched an initiative in March 2020 to identify and investigate problematic nursing homes. This initiative exists to protect elderly residents from nursing home abuse. Commonwealth Law Group can help you determine whether your loved one is a resident of a nursing home that has been targeted by this initiative.

What Is the Average Settlement for Nursing Home Abuse Cases?

When the facts are on your side, the insurance company for your nursing home is likely to settle. The average settlement for a nursing home abuse case is over $400,000. Jury verdicts have an even higher average and may award you millions of dollars, but a trial will take significantly longer to resolve.

How Long Will I Have to Wait to Get Paid?

The answer to that question depends on whether you accept a settlement or go to trial. A settlement is usually quite fast, and you might receive your money in just a few months or weeks. A trial will almost always take years to complete. We usually recommend that you accept a fair settlement because elderly loved ones can’t afford to wait years.

What Percentage of Nursing Home Cases Settle Out of Court?

Over 90% of cases are settled without ever going to trial. This doesn’t mean the courts aren’t involved at all. In many cases, nursing home lawyers file a lawsuit with the court and maybe even a handful of motions. But it is rare that a trial starts and even rarer that a nursing home abuse trial ends in a jury verdict.

Where Can I Find Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Near Me?

Commonwealth Law Group has been serving clients in personal injury cases in Colonial Heights for years. We are familiar with all of the signs of abuse and with local nursing homes. Our attorneys care about our elderly clients and do everything they can to keep them safe and get them the money they need to pay bills and receive better care in the future. Just call us at (804) 999-9999 to speak to a compassionate lawyer who wants to help you and your loved one.

Schedule a Consultation with a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

Do you suspect that a loved one is being abused at a nursing home near Colonial Heights?

Contact the team at Commonwealth Law Group today to schedule your free initial consultation.

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If you have been injured at work or through the negligence of another individual or entity, contact us at (804) 999-9999 or or use the form below to connect with our legal team. We will fight to get you the justice you deserve.