A Virginia nursing home is facing harsh criticism after allegations of abuse came forward. An elderly woman and her daughter seek $17 million in damages after the woman was allegedly tied down to her wheelchair, sedated, and left restrained overnight. Learn more about this case and what to do if your elderly loved one is neglected or abused in a nursing home.
Valerie Bryson received a phone call in May 2015 that an incident occurred and she should check on her mother, Alice Mackey, a resident of Chesapeake nursing home Carrington Place. The alleged incident involved Mackey being tied to her wheelchair and sedated by two nurses. Then, she was left alone in her room for the remainder of the night. The next morning, another nurse discovered Mackey still restrained to the chair, where she had urinated and defecated. Then, one of the nurses who tied Mackey up instructed the second nurse to have her remain sitting in her excrement.
Alice Mackey was transferred to another nursing home. The family is pursuing a lawsuit against Carrington Place in the amount of $17 million for false imprisonment, negligence, assault and battery, and other violations. However, the facility denies that the incident took place and refused to release information regarding the internal investigation to Bryson. Mackey has significant cognitive impairment and became withdrawn and sensitive to authority figures, fearing a repeat of the alleged incident.
When Does Nursing Home Abuse Occur and What Can Be Done About It?
Unfortunately, incidents like what allegedly happened at Carrington Place occur all over the country. Many nursing homes are understaffed, staff members are poorly trained, and there are not enough nurses assigned to patients. In fact, this leads to situations of neglect and in some cases, outright abuse.
If your elderly loved one is abused or neglected in a nursing home facility, remove them and seek legal help. Attorney Gregory H. Bevel can help conduct an investigation to reveal any wrongdoing on the part of the nursing home. He can help you seek justice for your loved one. It’s critical that negligent or abusive nursing homes are held responsible for their actions and victims are compensated fairly.
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