Despite the sputtering economy nationally and in parts of West Virginia, there are a few fields of employment that have seemingly bright futures. Given the overall aging of the population because of longer average life spans, health care — and especially assisted-living and nursing home care — is one such growth industry. But as with any field that experiences growth, making sure that those who engage in it are doing the right thing when it comes to their customers is sometimes difficult to ensure.
The elderly, unfortunately, often make perfect victims when it comes to neglect and even abuse. By the time they find themselves in a nursing home they are often frail; for many pride is one of the last feelings of independence they have, and they express it by not complaining about being neglected or worse by those entrusted with their care. Even for those who have family members who check in on them from time to time, the signs of mistreatment — such as dehydration, malnutrition, bruises and broken bones — may not manifest themselves until their condition is serious.
If you have a loved one who requires nursing home assistance and whom you suspect is being neglected or abused, he or she may suffer in silence but you do not have to. Even if for any reason the state government cannot or will not intercede on their behalf, there are legal remedies available to you to hold negligent or abusive care facilities accountable.
At Duffield Lovejoy Stemple & Boggs, we have the experience to investigate and if need be to take legal action against elderly care facilities, their owners, managers and employees who mistreat and neglect those in their care. While we may not be able to undo the physical and mental harm that your relatives may have suffered, we can see to it that those responsible are held financially accountable for any harm that they have caused.
To learn more about the subject of elder neglect and abuse in general, and ways in which we can help if you are convinced it is happening to a cherished member of your family, call us (304-247-9396 or toll free 304-247-9396), or if you prefer you can reach us through our website to schedule a no-cost initial consultation.