NURSING HOME ABUSE & NEGLECT INJURY
ATTORNEY IN CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA
Expressing Concern Over Nursing Home Abuse
Is your loved one who resides in a nursing home, hospital, or personal care facility exhibiting signs that he or she is being abused at the hands of those to whom you have entrusted to care for them? Although it may be difficult for family members to determine with certainty whether or not an abusive situation exists due to the declining physical, mental, and/or communicative abilities of the individual in question, it has been our experience that when a concern is expressed, the situation should be followed up on immediately.
Prompt Legal Representation in Charleston, WV
Attorney David Karr offers prompt legal consultation and representation for family members and other concerned parties who have good reason to believe that abuse and/or neglect are being committed against a resident in a care facility. Our law office serves residents in Charleston, West Virginia, and throughout the surrounding area.
Bed Sores, Bruises, Medication Errors, Falls & Unexplained Death Attorney
Contact our law office immediately if you have noticed any of the following warning signs that indicate that employees or staff members at a hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation or personal care facility may be abusing or neglecting your dependent. Although advanced age itself causes many of the followings signs, it is important to note that if any of these symptoms are present without a reasonable medical explanation, the situation must be evaluated promptly to determine if legal representation by Attorney Karr is your best course of action.
BED SORES (DECUBITUS ULCERS) OR LESIONS PRESENT ANYWHERE ON THE BODY
MALNUTRITION, RAPID WEIGHT LOSS, AND/OR DEHYDRATION
SUNKEN EYES, SEVERE FATIGUE, WEAKNESS, LISTLESSNESS, DIZZINESS & FAINTING
UNPLEASANT SMELL (URINE, FECES, OR BODY ODOR)
LACK OF RESPONSE TO RESIDENT’S COMPLAINTS/REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE
BRUISES ON THE BODY
SUDDEN, UNEXPLAINED DEATH
UNREPORTED OR DELAYED REPORTS OF FALLS
Know the Red Flags of Medical or Physical Neglect
If a facility smells of urine or feces, appears unkempt, soiled, or otherwise unsanitary, you should be concerned about the quality of care that your loved one is receiving as well. In addition, it is readily apparent when a facility is understaffed. If employees frequently appear to be rushing, overworked, and harried, this may be a sign that despite the best efforts of the staff, the facility itself has neglected to provide sufficient means of care for its residents. Professional medical care facilities that employ properly trained and experienced staff members in sufficient numbers, and manage their facility according to proper and prudent guidelines, do not exhibit these red flags.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
A Sudden Change in Behavior (Confusion, Alertness/Fear, More Withdrawn)
Sudden Unexplained Decline in Urinary/Fecal Incontinence
Unexplained Bruises, Tears, and/or Damage on the Body
Unwillingness to Exit Room or Leave Bed
Call Lights Remain On & Unanswered for Extended Period of Time
Residents Witnessed Calling Out for Help (Rather than Using Call Lights)
Numerous, Repeated Falls (Even When Reported Promptly to Family Members)
Complaints by Staff of Inability to Assist Residents Due to “Short Staffing”
Our Experienced Team of Medical & Legal Experts Work For YOU
Our elderly community members are one of our most valuable treasures. They deserve proper care during this vulnerable period of their lives. If you witness any combination of signs that an abusive or neglectful situation may exist, contact the law office of Attorney David R. Karr, Jr., right away to schedule an appointment at (304) 345-3202. Following your initial consultation, we will evaluate your case in coordination with our team of expert medical specialists from across the country to determine whether or not you have a claim, and who will assist us in pursuit of your case if warranted. Our experienced team includes geriatric specialists, nutritionists, registered nurses, medical doctors, physical therapists, and behaviorists who work hard for you to ensure that facilities that have abused, neglected, or otherwise mistreated your loved one are held accountable.
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