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West Virginia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, an experienced West Virginia nursing home abuse attorney from Salango Legal Firm is standing by to review your claim. We will take the time to review the unique facts and circumstances surrounding the abuse to determine what your legal options are. Oftentimes, nursing home abuse entitles the victim to financial compensation, and we can help you hold the nursing home accountable, and collect what you deserve.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

There are many different forms of elder abuse that can occur in a nursing home, and keeping a watchful eye on your loved ones is helpful to identify it. Nursing home abuse is often perpetuated on persons who may be unable to self-report, and those who victimize persons do their best to hide it. When abuse is discovered, you can hold them accountable for the damages caused.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is often one of the easiest forms of nursing home abuse to identify given the superficial wounds that develop. However, wounds can be underneath clothing and as a result difficult to identify, and may not be noticed. Social withdrawal can be a sign of physical abuse, and other forms, to watch out for. Many victims of nursing home abuse are targeted for their inability to communicate their abuse, so without regular check-ups, it can be hard to notice immediately.

Neglect can be a form of physical abuse, as injury can result when the physical needs of an elder in a nursing home are not taken care of. A common injury suffered by nursing home residents who are victims of neglect is bed sores, or pressure ulcers, which occur when an immobile elderly person is not moved enough to prevent injury. These are serious medical conditions that can lead to serious health issues and ongoing pain.

Mental and Psychological Abuse

Identifying instances of mental and psychological abuse are more difficult than physical abuse given the lack of superficial wounds and indicators. When an elderly person’s behavior has changed, whether they have become less social, angrier, or more irritable, it can be a sign of mental or psychological abuse. This can take many forms and includes denying the elder person access to their family, telling them things that are untrue and meant to cause them emotional harm, and other manipulative or harmful statements.

One of the most difficult aspects of nursing home abuse is identifying it. Keeping up with loved ones in assisted care facilities and nursing homes helps to ensure that their well-being is watched out for. Assigning designated parties to do so is something an attorney can help you with when it is not possible to make it to the facility as often as you might prefer.

Financial Exploitation

Watching out for financial exploitation is possible by keeping tabs on your loved one’s accounts and physical possessions. Financial abuse includes the theft of personal belongings of value, in addition to the use of an elderly person’s finances without authorization. Consent for persons who are not of sound mind cannot be legally provided, so if you have a loved one with a memory-related condition in a nursing home and their finances have been taken, whether or not they consented is irrelevant.

If you suspect that a loved one has been financially exploited in a nursing home, it is important to report the abuse to the authorities as soon as possible, and to connect with a West Virginia nursing home abuse lawyer.

Discuss Your Claim with an Elder Abuse Lawyer Today

Connect with Salango Legal Firm as soon as possible after you have reported the suspected instance of elder abuse to the authorities. Ensuring that your loved one’s rights are protected and further abuse prevented is essential. From there, collecting the compensation that you are entitled to for the abuse can begin in the form of a claim.

Many of our potential new clients worry that they cannot afford our services, however, that is not the case. Your initial consultation is free of charge, and we only get paid if we win. This means that you have no out-of-pocket expenses, ever. We take elder abuse cases on contingency, which means that we only get paid if we win, out of a portion of the earnings that we generate on your behalf.

To get started contact a West Virginia nursing home abuse lawyer from Salango Legal Firm a call today.