Virginia Nursing Home Abuse Reporting Requirements
The Virginia Department of Health regulates nursing homes in Virginia.The protocol for reporting cases of abuse in a nursing home is a relatively simple process.
If you believe that your loved one is experiencing abuse, neglect, or any other kind of mistreatment, then you should call the VDH unit for complaints at 1-800-955-1819 or visit their website for further information.
What to do When You Make Contact
Once you are in contact with the Virginia Department of Health, have a prepared list of your concerns and the name of the nursing home. They will address these concerns by gathering all of your information and assign an investigator to conduct a visit and inspection at the nursing home. This inspection will involve reviewing the medical records of your loved one, interviewing staff, and doing a site visit around the facility.
If Violations are Found
If the VDH finds violations during the investigation, then the nursing home may be required to write a Plan of Correction. The Plan of Correction should give a detailed response and plan of action to ensure the violation does not happen again. In severe cases, the nursing home may be fined or even lose its license.
Keep in mind, however, that fines and consequences put in place by the state of Virginia do not include any compensation to you or your loved one. To receive financial compensation for a loved one, you must hire an attorney.
The team at Obenshain Law Group is ready to ensure your loved one gets the compensation they deserve. If your loved one is a victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation in a long-term care facility, then call our experienced attorneys today.
Call our office at (540) 318-7360 to schedule your free consultation. We are here to stand by your side and assist you.