Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in West Virginia

Providing the Support You Need

For over 30 years, the Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC has provided the highest quality legal representation to victims of nursing home abuse. When an elderly loved one can no longer care for themselves, either through physical disabilities, medical problems or loss of cognitive abilities, it can be difficult to come to the decision that they should be cared for professionally. Usually after much thought and evaluation of various options, many entrust their care into the hands of the professionals in a nursing home.

Loving families fully believe that their loved one will be cared for with compassion and respect, and that this will help them stay healthy and safe. In recent years, as the population ages, there has been an increase in the number nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities that serve the community and offer to care for the elderly.

Tragically, there has also been a frightening increase in the numbers of cases of abuse, neglect and loss of life through nursing home abuse throughout the state.

There are countless reports of deficiencies, abuse of the rights of residents as well as cases of failures to provide good nutrition, cases of mistreatment, and failures to correctly assess the condition of the resident.

Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

More and more senior citizens in the area are living in nursing homes or assisted living communities and when this is the case, they deserve to have their rights and dignity respected by those whom they depend on for daily care. The majority of health care professionals and staff in nursing homes are helpful and well-intentioned individuals who do their jobs, but in an alarming number of cases, elderly people are victimized.

If you are concerned about abuse, keep an eye out for:

  • Sudden and unexplained shifts in mood

  • Emotional detachment

  • Unexplained bruises or sores

  • Emergency hospital visits for injuries

  • Financial transactions that are out of the ordinary

When a nursing home resident is subjected to emotional, physical or sexual abuse at the hands of facility staff, that facility and the individuals who perpetrated the abuse can be held accountable for their acts, even to the point of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. While many cases of this type are based on violence towards the victim, in a large number of cases the claim is based on the fact of negligence, where the victim is left in isolated or unclean quarters. A dedicated West Virginia nursing home abuse lawyer can speak with you about the case and help you get started on a strategy for recovering damages.

Over-medication can lead to serious physical problems, dehydration, malnutrition and other problems that threaten their lives. If your loved one is always sleeping, groggy, flinches when you come near them, has bruising or appears to be frightened, they may have been a victim of abuse. After a long and productive lifetime, raising a family, and being respected members of the community, the least that could be expected is that their final years are lived out in a facility that cares for them with love, compassion, kindness and professional treatment. This is sadly not what occurs in many cases, and an elderly person can be the victim of criminal acts of negligence or neglect. In such cases, a civil claim can be filed against the facility and other liable parties to seek compensation for damages.

Fighting For Compensation For Your Loved One

Being compensated for injuries caused by a negligent nursing home is important when in the process of healing from damages.

You can fight to recover compensation for any or all of the following injuries that your elderly loved one has suffered from:

  • Complex injuries

  • Severe illness

  • Severe disability

  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose

  • Prescription errors

  • Medical mistakes

  • Death

If your family member has endured any of these damages or has been a victim of wrongful death due to nursing home abuse, seek assistance from a personal injury attorney from our firm and fight for compensation. Your loved one can be compensated for their pain and suffering as well as any emotional or psychological trauma that the neglect has caused. There can also be punitive damages charged to the nursing home as a way to punish their actions and that can further reimburse you and your loved one for the wrongdoing your family has suffered from.

Need counsel for your nursing home abuse case?

If you or a loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you should meet with a West Virginia personal injury attorney from the Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC as soon as possible to learn more about what you can expect in a lawsuit against the care provider. Bob Fitzsimmons from the firm has widely been recognized as being among the top plaintiff attorneys in the nation and the firm has recovered over half a billion in personal injury verdicts and settlements, many of which were in excess of a million dollars for their clients.

You deserve aggressive and caring legal representation against those who betrayed your trust and put your loved one in harm's way.

Contact a nursing home abuse lawyer from the firm to receive dedicated representation when you or a loved one has suffered negligence or abuse from a caretaker.

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