Nursing home abuse can take several different forms. Any time an employee of a nursing home or assisted living facility inflicts physical, emotional, sexual, or financial harm upon a resident, it may be considered nursing home abuse. 

If you believe your loved one has suffered any form of abuse, it’s important to know that you have options. Residents of nursing home facilities are protected by the law and have a right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical, and mental abuse.

Neglect is a form of abuse and refers to the failure to provide an older person with the proper care that’s essential to their health and safety, such as food, water, medical care, shelter, supervision, and sanitary living quarters.

Seniors deserve to be cared for with respect and dignity. Neglect can cause serious and life-threatening injuries. If your loved one has experienced neglect in their care facility, please give our office a call to speak with a Charleston nursing home abuse lawyer. We can review your case and help you determine how to proceed.

Sadly, it can be difficult to know if your loved one has been a victim of abuse or neglect at the hands of their care facility. Nursing home abuse is a largely hidden and unreported problem because many seniors are too weak, sickly, or afraid to warn someone.

If you’re concerned that your loved one is being mistreated, look out for and document these common signs of abuse:

  • Bruises, broken bones, cuts, burns, etc.
  • Marks on their wrists from restraints
  • Nervous or scared behavior around a certain employee
  • Withdrawal, depression, or anxiety
  • Bed sores
  • Soiled bedding or clothes
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Sudden loss of weight, signaling malnourishment
  • Dehydration

Take action immediately. If you have any reason to believe that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, it’s vitally important that you notify the proper authorities. Here are several entities dedicated to helping family members address possible cases of elder mistreatment:

Local Law Enforcement: If your loved one is in immediate danger, call 911 right away. The local authorities will be able to help you remove your loved one from the dangerous situation.

West Virginia Adult Protective Services: If you suspect possible abuse or neglect at your loved one’s nursing home facility, you can file a report with APS. A representative will then review your report, conduct an investigation, and provide the appropriate services and support based on their findings.

Stewart Bell, PLLC: After you have notified the proper authorities and ensured your loved one is safe, give our Charleston nursing home abuse lawyers a call. Navigating the legal process in these situations can be incredibly difficult. Our team can help you fight against the facility responsible for your loved one’s suffering and give you the best chance of obtaining the justice and compensation your family deserves.

If your loved one has been a victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation due to the careless or reckless actions of their nursing home facility, you may be able to take legal action. Our Charleston nursing home abuse lawyers have years of experience helping families in Charleston and surrounding West Virginia communities take civil action against elder care facilities in order to recover damages associated with the abuse.

If you’re in this situation and aren’t sure about your legal options, please don’t hesitate to give our office a call. We can review your case, help you determine the best course of action, and do everything in our power to demand justice for the wrongdoing committed against your elderly loved one.

At Stewart Bell, PLLC, we believe that victims of nursing home abuse should have access to quality legal representation without having to worry about paying expensive upfront costs or hourly fees. That’s why our office works on a contingency-fee basis. This means it won’t cost you anything to hire our attorneys. In fact, you won’t owe us anything at all unless we win your case!

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We have recovered MILLIONS of dollars for clients injured because of nursing home abuse, motor vehicle accidents or medical malpractice.

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