Personal Injury | Nursing Home Abuse
Charleston & Throughout West Virginia

Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

Helping you and your family recover compensation

At Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we have the highest respect for the elderly. We believe they should be treated with kindness, care and compassion, and we are committed to protecting their rights and the rights of their loved ones. For this reason, our law firm devotes a significant part of our practice to seeking justice for families impacted by nursing home abuse and neglect.

When we have to place a loved one is a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is a very difficult decision. We do our research to choose the best possible facility. Then we put our trust in staff members to make sure our loved one's needs are met and that they are treated with respect. But abuse and neglect can happen at any nursing home.

You have rights if your loved one has been mistreated

If you suspect that a nursing home has mistreated your loved one, you can first raise your concerns with the nursing home's administrator. You should submit your concerns in writing. You should also keep copies of any written response that you receive. Unfortunately, the nursing home may ignore your concerns or fail to provide an answer that addresses the issues you raise.

Our attorneys have extensive experience with representing nursing home abuse and neglect victims and their families in West Virginia. We understand the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. We know how victims can suffer severe and potentially fatal injuries, including:

  • Broken bones, including hip fractures
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Bedsores
  • Infections
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Medication-related seizures, heart attacks or strokes

And we know that the majority of these nursing home accidents are preventable.

Our firm will work tirelessly to purse compensation for your family. You may be eligible to recover damages such as past and future medical expenses, physical pain and suffering and emotional distress. If a case involves a wrongful death, you could recover funeral expenses as well as compensation for your sorrow and mental anguish. Our legal team may also seek punitive damages.

Why nursing home negligence happens

Those reasons could include:

  • Negligent hiring - The facility may have hired staff without conducting necessary proper criminal background checks. As a result, your vulnerable loved one may have been exposed to a person with a record of abusive behavior.
  • Negligent training and supervision - The nursing home administrators may have failed to teach staff members how to interact with residents and handle difficult situations or to monitor staff members' treatment of residents.
  • Inadequate staffing levels - When nursing homes lack adequate staffing, workers can easily become tired, stressed and overworked. As a result, they may fail to give proper attention to residents' needs. In some cases, they may verbally or physically lash out at residents.
  • Poor physical environment - Unfortunately, many nursing homes are operated by chains that place profits before safety. They may allow a facility to become crowded, dirty, poorly lit or poorly maintained, which increases the risk of injuries.

An investigation may also reveal that the nursing home has no policy in place to prevent abuse and neglect, or it may show that your loved one's mistreatment is just the latest in a series of incidents involving the facility or its owner.

If you believe that your elderly loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home in West Virginia, please contact our firm to meet with a member of our highly distinguished legal team. We will review your case in a free consultation and explain all of the legal options available to you. And we help you take immediate action to protect your loved one.


Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC
602 Virginia St E #200
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-720-1000