The decision to place a family member in a nursing facility is never an easy decision. 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. 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. In West Virginia, nursing home claims are governed by the Medical Professional Liability Act.
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. 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 WV agencies are responsible for investigating reports of abuse, the agency may be slow to take action. At Salango Law, PLLC , 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. Salango Law has represented numerous clients with claims against nurses and nursing homes, both large and small. If you suspect your loved one has been abused or mistreated at a nursing home, please contact Salango Law today.
Attorney Ben Salango for being recognized by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for the ten consecutive years in medical malpractice and personal injury litigation. He was voted by his peers as “Lawyer of the Year” in 2019 and 2021. He has handled nursing home injury cases for over two decades.
If you or a loved one have been harmed by medical malpractice or medical negligence, do not hesitate to give the skilled personal injury attorneys at Salango Law, PLLC a call. Contact us at (304) 342-0512 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation with us today. Salango Law, PLLC serves the entire state of West Virginia including Charleston, Huntington, Beckley, Morgantown, Clarksburg, Logan, and Parkersburg.