Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in WV

Nursing homes are entrusted to protect our loved ones. Unfortunately, all too often that trust is violated. Pressure sores, malnutrition, dehydration, broken bones, and falls are just some of the signs of abuse or neglect in a nursing home.

Nursing home abuse and neglect may occur in the following forms:

Medical neglect – One of the most common forms of neglect seen by Preston & Salango, PLLC is medical neglect. This can occur when the nursing home fails to provide adequate attention, prevention, or medication for concerns such as bed sores, infections, cuts, diabetes, cognitive diseases, and mobility concerns.

Personal hygiene abuse and neglect – This can occur when the patient is not adequately helped with bathing, cleaning, brushing their teeth and other forms of hygienic or cleanly practice.

Basic needs abuse and neglect – This occurs whenthe nursing home and staff neglects to provide reasonable water, food, or a clean and safe environment.

Physical abuse and neglect – This can include hitting, scratching, biting and inappropriate use of restraints.

Emotional abuse and neglect – This can occur when a caregiver or other individuals causes emotional distress to a victim such as ridicule and humiliation; intimidation; terrorizing; or ignoring an elder.

Sexual abuse – This can occur when non-consensual contact is made to an elder. Elders who are sexually abused may be tricked, coerced, manipulated, or forced into sexual contact.

Identifying nursing home abuse and neglect can be very difficult. Warning signs to watch out for include:

· Injuries from falls

· Dehydration

· Bedsores or pressure ulcers

· Infections

· Sudden weight loss

· Environmental hazards (including unsafe mobility equipment and slippery floors)

At Preston & Salango, PLLC, we have been working on behalf of nursing home abuse and neglect victims for over twenty years. Nursing home residents who are neglected, abused or mistreated are among the most vulnerable of our clients, and we work hard to make sure that their rights are protected and they get the justice they deserve.

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