Within the next five years, an additional one million veterans will be eligible for care in one of the 156 VA nursing homes currently operated by the Veterans Administration. While that increases pressure to provide services to elderly or disabled vets, it doesn’t excuse the abuse and neglect recently found in more than 50 VA nursing homes.
The Bertling Law Group, located in Santa Barbara, California, provides dedicated legal representation to veterans and their families across the US in cases where VA nursing home deficiencies harmed those who they were supposed to be caring for. While compensation alone won’t right the wrongs, it can help restore veteran’s dignity and provide the funds needed to get proper medical treatment. We are aggressive when it comes to protecting the rights of those who fought to protect us.
Legal actions veterans or their families can take for harm caused by VA nursing home neglect or abuse
The government employees of the Veterans Administration are expected to meet high standards of care, so they must be held responsible for mistreatment, whether by neglect or outright abuse, of the vets in their nursing homes. Recent reports underline the severity of the deficiencies, inadequacies and safety violations at more than 50 VA nursing homes. These included:
Dementia patients left unattended; including one who was allowed to go outside to smoke, in spite of the fact he was unable to “hold, light or extinguish a cigarette,” and had previously gotten burn holes in his clothing and the cushion of his wheelchair.
Patients without supervision who fall and sustain head or other injuries.
Impaired patients in extreme pain not given proper pain medication.
Staff not informing physicians of extreme medical conditions until they become dangerous.
Unlike personal injury claims against private facilities or businesses, filing a claim against the US government is complicated, and is best handled by an attorney experienced in veteran’s law, including medical malpractice and other VA matters. Accuracy, timely filing, and knowledge of government legal processes are imperative in order to get veterans and their families the best possible outcome in a VA nursing home lawsuit.
Signs of neglect and abuse
It is difficult to understand how and why those to whom the care of our elderly or disabled veterans has been entrusted can be neglectful or abusive. It is even more difficult to see. Signs of neglect or abuse may include:
Bed sores, which are most commonly the result of not moving the patient frequently enough to relieve pressure on bony parts of the body
Signs of restraint, such as bruises or abrasions on arms, wrists, legs, ankles or the torso
Dehydration caused by failure of staff to ensure the adequate intake of fluids
Unusual fearfulness that may be caused by physical, sexual or emotional abuse by staff members
Signs that medications are not being administered properly, such as extreme pain or unexplained changes in health conditions
Unexplained injuries such as cuts, broken bones or contusions
Missing money or other valuables that may indicate financial abuse
Unsanitary conditions due to lack of proper and consistent bathing or changing of bedsheets
If you are a vet in a nursing home or a concerned family member and you encounter any of these or similar issues, do not hesitate to get immediate legal assistance.
Seek compensation for the harm caused by Veterans Administration nursing homes
As a law firm dedicated to helping veterans and their families in California and across the United States with VA-related matters, we have the skill and commitment to advocate for you. To discuss your needs with our highly qualified veteran’s attorney, please call us at 844-295-7558 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.