Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect Attorneys in Richmond & Tappahannock, VA

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Virginia is a popular place for people to retire and spend their golden years. As a result, the Richmond area hosts a larger number of nursing homes and long-term elder care facilities. And while many of these places strive to provide excellent care, there has been a notable increase in reports of nursing home abuse and neglect over the past few years.

We all know that elderly residents are often vulnerable and rely on nursing home staff for basic care. Many nursing homes try to take advantage of this power imbalance. And it is the resident who suffers as a result.

If you, or someone that you love, has been the victim of such abuse or neglect, you do not have to stand by and do nothing. A qualified Richmond nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer can help you take legal action against a facility that fails to respect your rights. Attorney Ryan Wind is an experienced Virginia personal injury litigator who knows how to build–and win–a case against a nursing home that is abusing and exploiting its residents.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Abuse or Neglect

Symptoms of Abuse or Neglect

Most Richmond-area nursing homes are owned by for-profit companies whose first goal is to make money. This often leads to underpaid, overworked staff struggling to care for far too many residents. In many cases, unqualified or improperly supervised staff are allowed to run amok and abuse the residents directly. In other scenarios, patients may simply suffer as the result of neglect due to a lack of adequately trained staff.

If you have a family member in a nursing home, the symptoms of abuse or neglect may develop slowly over time. Here are just a few warning signs to watch out for:

  • Abuse. While it is difficult to comprehend, many nursing home residents are the victims of physical and sexual abuse, often at the hands of staff with prior criminal records who were not subjected to a pre-employment background check. In some cases, residents may even be abused by other residents.
  • Bedsores. When a nursing home resident is left lying in the same position for an extended amount of time, they can develop bedsores, which is often the first indication of serious neglect.
  • Falls. Nursing home residents are often highly susceptible to falling injuries. In some cases these injuries are fatal. The staff therefore needs to take proper steps to mitigate the risks of such falls.
  • Malnutrition. Understaffing in nursing homes often leads to residents not receiving enough food or water. Many residents require assistance with eating and drinking, and if they do not receive it, they can actually die of starvation or dehydration.

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Nursing home residents who suffer from abuse or neglect can take legal action to secure compensation from the nursing home. In many cases, the nursing home may also be subject to state or federal investigation and forced to pay substantial fines. At the end of the day, for-profit nursing home operators will only make changes when it is in their financial interest to do so.

So if you need to speak with a skilled Richmond nursing home abuse and neglect attorney, contact Wind Law, LLC, today to schedule an initial consultation.