Nursing home abuse and neglect in West Virginia

West Virginia has one of the oldest populations in the United States.  Many families depend on nursing homes to provide care to their aging loved ones.  When you place a family member in a nursing home, you expect that loved one will receive the care and attention he or she deserves.  The decision to place a family member in a nursing facility is never an easy decision.  Nursing homes have high overhead costs and can be very expensive.  As such, you should expect high quality care for your loved one.  Sadly, you may learn that your family member was subjected to abuse or mistreatment while a resident there.  When your loved one suffers from a nurse’s negligence, he or she has the right to hold the nurse and/or facility responsible for their actions.  Your loved one may seek damages related to physical injuries, financial losses, and emotional duress.

There are a variety of reasons why nursing negligence may occur.  A nurse may fail to provide the correct medication, fail to alert a doctor in a medical emergency, fail to act when action is needed, fail to supervise and/or care for the patient, fail to maintain the premises, etc.  Unfortunately, many residents of nursing homes fail to report such negligence or mistreatment as they fear no one will believe them or are afraid of potential retaliation.

You may notice that your loved one has poor hygiene, has sudden and unexpected weight loss, is not being fed or given adequate water, has bed sores, has had unexplained medical complications, is depressed and/or has worrisome cuts or bruises.  As medical malpractice lawyers, our job is to prove that the nursing facility was contracted to provide care to your loved one, that the nurse and/or facility failed to provide such care and as a result, your loved one sustained injuries or even death.

In West Virginia, nursing home residents are protected from neglect and abuse by federal and state laws. While West Virginia agencies are responsible for investigating reports of abuse, the agency may be slow to take action or not take action at all.  At Preston & Salango, we take action immediately.  We understand that pursuing a claim against a nursing home can take an emotional toll on the family and loved one and will assist you through the process while also providing the support that you need.

The law firm of Preston & Salango has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. We have the experience necessary to take on the healthcare provider, doctor, nurse, and nursing home to make sure that justice is served.

Contact our experienced nursing home and medical malpractice team. Preston & Salango is here to help and get results.

Please call (304) 342-0512 today for a free consultation. Preston & Salango serves Charleston, Beckley, Clarksburg, Huntington, Morgantown, and all of West Virginia.

Categories: Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse, Personal Injury