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Most Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Most Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse

elder abuse in virginia Nursing home abuse is never a fun topic to discuss. If you have a loved one residing in any type of nursing home or long-term care facility, it’s important to recognize signs of abuse. If we can condemn these actions, we can improve not only the standard of care for our loved ones, but a standard for quality care across the board. Atkinson Law is here to help you recognize the most common types of nursing home abuse to keep an eye out for.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse in the nursing home is likely one of the most reported. Any type of physical force or unnecessary roughness that results in pain or harm to your loved one is considered physical abuse. Whether it is hitting, shaking, beating, pushing, excessive restraining, or even sexual assault, physical abuse is something that should be stopped right away.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is something that may not be reported as often, but still happens in nursing homes. Humiliation, ridicule, yelling, threatening, name calling, and even embarrassing the patient in front of others are all examples of emotional abuse that should be taken seriously.

Neglect

Another heartbreaking topic includes neglect as a form of abuse. Leaving a patient unattended for hours, not changing their clothes, finding the patient in their own feces for an unknown amount of time. These examples are heartbreaking yet happen so frequently. If you feel like your loved one is being neglected, it’s time to speak up.

While physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect all sound horrendous, they are sadly not uncommon. 1 in 3 nursing home residents report that they have suffered elder abuse. 1 in every 10 senior citizens have been reported as being abused in the last year. How can we make a change and keep our elderly loved ones safe? At Atkinson Law, we are here to help. If you feel like your elderly loved one has been abused in a nursing home, come talk to us. Call us today at 757-648-8579.

Nursing Home Ownership, Neglect and Elder Abuse

A recent investigation by NBC News reveals a pattern of neglect and criminality at nursing homes and elder care facilities owned and operated by Skyline Healthcare.  While the report is deeply disturbing, it reveals what nursing home negligence attorneys and victims know all too well: corporate cost cutting and low government oversight translate into systematic elder abuse and neglect.

Skyline Healthcare, owned by New Jersey investor and former insurance salesman Joseph Schwartz, came to manage over 100 nursing homes across 11 states.  The company gobbled up extended care facilities as fast as possible and, in each case, slashed costs to the bone.  Former employees reported to NBC that Skyline Healthcare ran up huge bills with vendors and would simply switch providers when the bills came due.

One former nursing home employee told NBC that she called a state agency to report that the water was about to be shut off at one facility.  Other persons interviewed reported nursing home residents with horrible injuries and neglect.  One had an open wound showing gangrene and even maggot infestation.  In another incident, a resident with dementia walked out of her nursing home through broken automatic doors, collapsing in an ice-covered parking lot, naked and frost-bitten.

Most people would be horrified about these situations and would insist that nursing home chains be subject to oversight.  At present, the federal authorities are understaffed and have trouble keeping up with changes in the industry.  One of the only effective means for holding elder care facilities and corporate owners responsible is the civil lawsuit.  An elder neglect or abuse lawsuit can force a nursing home to pay compensation.  When this happens, it can motivate the company to change its negligent care practices to avoid further financial consequences.

 

 

 

 

Norfolk Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Norfolk Motorcycle Crash Case Settles for $61,000

It’s the time of year when I like to review some of the more interesting cases I’ve handled and assess the results.  One of my better cases this year concerned a young Navy medical corpsman.  One evening a large SUV (sport utility vehicle, in this case a Cadillac Escalade) pulled out in front of him when he was driving home on his motorcycle.  He tried to avoid a collision, but struck the rear of the Escalade.  The driver of the Escalade admitted fault at the scene and received a ticket for failure to yield right of way.

My client was immediately hospitalized.  He suffered a number of injuries, including multiple transverse fractures of the upper spinal vertebrae.  He stayed at a local Sentara Hospital for seven days.  Even after discharge, he had extreme limitations in his activities.  He ultimately made a full recovery after lots of physical therapy.

Many interesting points can be made about this case.  From the personal injury attorney’s point of view, perhaps the most significant was the issue of liability insurance coverage limits.  My client was allowed to “stack” two policies: the liability coverage from the negligent driver’s policy, and the underinsured coverage from the client’s significantly larger automobile liability policy.  Even though the client’s automobile policy was not a motorcycle policy (he had a motorcycle policy that was much smaller) he was allowed to use it under Virginia law for underinsurance purposes.

Citing Virginia Code section 38.2-2206, I first convinced the negligent driver’s insurance company to tender the limits of the entire insurance policy.  Then I approached my client’s own insurance company and pointed out that they would be responsible for attorney fees if the case went to trial, and sure enough, we got a settlement that my client was happy with.

I think this case show that even when there is clear-cut negligence accompanied by serious bodily injuries, one should always contact an attorney in order to maximize recovery.  To most people, the concepts and laws behind underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage are not familiar.  I would advise every driver to have as much liability insurance as possible and to contact a lawyer if they are injured by another’s negligence in an automobile accident.

Disclaimer: every personal injury case is different; no specific dollar value or results are guaranteed.

Norfolk Traffic: New Bike Lanes on Llewellyn

For the past several weeks, the city of Norfolk has been altering Llewellyn Avenue, converting two automobile lanes into bicycle lanes between downtown and 35th Street.  I was excited about this development when it was first announced, and I wrote about it in my personal injury lawyer blog last year.  “Putting the sexy back in being downtown,” is how Norfolk Planning Director George Homewood described the strategic plan for city bike paths.  I confess that I feel somewhat bamboozled.  The city did not so much create bike lanes; rather, it cannibalized automobile lanes, cutting the number of lanes on Llewellyn from four to two.  Throw in a price tag for taxpayers approaching $500,000 and I find myself not caring about bringing sexy back.  I would rather the city bring my lane back!

What do you think?

Car accident on 264 in Virginia Beach kills one person

The Virginian-Pilot reports that around 2:25 a.m. this morning a traffic accident on Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach left one person dead.  Virginia State Police have released very little information so far.  Spokesperson Michelle Anaya told the Pilot that the accident took place on the westbound section of interstate 264 near the old toll plaza.

Because of high speeds, interstate car accidents have a higher chance of causing serious injury or death.  If your loved one has been killed in a car crash because of another driver’s negligence, contact Norfolk wrongful death attorney Ed Atkinson to get justice.