Nursing Home Negligence

It is critical to have the right lawyer if you or a loved one has been injured by nursing home negligence.

Blue Ridge Injury Law represents clients and their families harmed as a result of neglience. It is important to hold those responsible for abuse accountable, first, because you were harmed, and second, to change their conduct so they don’t harm others.

Different types of negligence occur in nursing homes. Never assume your loved one is being treated well just because there are no outward signs of injury. For example, nursing home neglect can include:

  • Abandonment
  • Medical Neglect
  • Neglect of Basic Needs
  • Neglect of Personal Hygiene
  • Social or Emotional Neglect

Other abuse can include financial and sexual abuse. If you suspect your loved one is a victim of any type of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you should contact an attorney for assistance.

Blue Ridge Injury Law and the attorneys we work with have experience investigating mistreatment in nursing homes and pursuing legal action when appropriate. We can help you deal with this difficult and important process.

How Do You Recognize Negligence in Nursing Home Care?

You should suspect elder abuse if there are unusual and unexplained changes in someone’s behavior and/or personality.

If you suspect abuse of your loved one in a nursing home, look for additional signs of abuse, including:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Failing to take medications properly
  • Evidence of restraint
  • Broken eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.
  • Refusal of the caregiver to let you be alone with the elderly person
  • Signs of sexual abuse, including unexplained STDs, genital infections, genital bruising, stained, bloody, or torn underwear, vaginal or anal bleeding with no other medical cause

Signs of Neglect in Nursing Homes

  • Leaving immobile residents alone for hours
  • Not contacting doctors and nurses when needed
  • Leaving residents in soiled bedding or clothing
  • Not bathing residents (or not checking skin condition during bathing)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Pressure Ulcers (also known as bedsores) (warning: photos are graphic: Foot | Sacrum | Buttocks)
  • Untreated Infections
  • Understaffing

These are just a few things to watch out for. If you suspect abuse or neglect of a loved one, even if there are no signs or symptoms listed above, you should still investigate the situation.

What are Your Legal Options If You Believe a Loved One is a Victim of Nursing Home Negligence?

First and foremost, you should contact the authorities if you believe someone is in immediate danger and contact the long-term care ombudsman. They should investigate and take the appropriate action. Second, if the situation is serious and no action is taken to correct the circumstances, get your loved one to safety. Try to have them transferred to a hospital and, from there, to a different nursing home.

If you believe a threat is less imminent, you can speak to a nursing home negligence expert. Nursing home residents have a legal obligation to care for residents. Should they fail to meet this obligation, residents and their families have a right to take legal action.

Blue Ridge Injury Law and the attorneys we work with help victims of nursing home neglect get justice and receive compensation. Our goal is to promote the safety and well-being of nursing home residents and ease the stress associated with the legal system. Our team of experienced legal professionals will:

  • Explain your options if negligence has occurred in a nursing home
  • Help you navigate the legal system
  • Gather evidence that supports your claims of negligence
  • Pursue a fair settlement
  • Represent you should the case go to trial

Attorneys who work with Blue Ridge Injury Law have experience with cases related to:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Nursing home neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Wrongful death
  • Other forms of personal injury or mistreatment

How Do I Find a Nursing Home Negligence Attorney?

If you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence, please contact us. We are happy to discuss your case with you and see how we can help. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us at

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