When West Virginia’s seniors don’t get the right care, treatment, and respect –

the elder abuse attorneys at Goddard & Wagoner, PLLC get seniors the justice they deserve.


When nursing homes increase their profit margins instead of paying for enough people to properly care for patients, nursing home residents pay the price. Chronic understaffing in West Virginia’s nursing homes has led to patient abuse and neglect, bedsores, falls, malnutrition, dehydration, and even death.

The nursing home lawyers at Goddard & Wagoner, PLLC believe West Virginia’s seniors deserve better. They deserve to get the care, attention, and treatment mandated under West Virginia’s nursing home laws. As past counsel for one of the largest nursing home chains in the country, our nursing home lawyers are uniquely familiar with these laws, and we are highly adept at uncovering and proving nursing home neglect and abuse.

Centrally located in Clarksburg and Morgantown, West Virginia, the lawyers at Goddard & Wagoner, PLLC have tried cases from Monongalia County to Raleigh County and from Wetzel County to Jefferson County, and many counties in between. We have specific expertise with cases involving pressure ulcers, falls, abuse, and malnutrition and dehydration.

Pressure Ulcers (also called bedsores, pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers)

Pressure ulcers or bedsores are wounds that develop when pressure leads to decreased blood flow to a part of the body. Nursing home residents often need help moving and repositioning their bodies. But many West Virginia nursing homes lack sufficient staffing to provide this assistance. When staff members fail to move and reposition residents regularly, pressure ulcers can develop. Without proper intervention, bedsores can progress from simple reddened areas to open wounds, which can go through the muscle and expose the bone. Bedsores can lead to incontinence, infections, and even death. Pressure ulcers can also indicate poor nutrition and hydration.

If your loved one has a pressure ulcer, pressure sore, bedsore, or decubitus ulcer, be sure to photograph the wound regularly. You can do this when nursing home staff changes your loved one’s dressings. The nursing home attorneys at Goddard & Wagoner, PLLC can review your pictures and help determine if you have a bedsore case.


Falls can be devastating for the elderly. Falls can lead to broken bones, massive bleeding, or other significant trauma. Falls can also rob a loved one of his or her mobility.

If you are loved one has been injured by a fall in a West Virginia nursing home, the lawyers at Goddard & Wagoner, PLLC can help determine if the nursing home is liable. In many cases, nursing home falls are preventable, as long as the nursing home is adequately staffed and caregivers do their jobs. The elder abuse attorneys at Goddard & Wagoner, PLLC will investigate the circumstances of your fall and help you recover damages if the nursing home is to blame.


Abuse is a major problem in nursing homes. Physical abuse can occur at the hands of a fellow patient, or from a caregiver who is tasked with protecting nursing home residents. Lawsuits have even arisen following sexual abuse by a caregiver.

If you suspect physical, emotional, or sexual abuse of a loved one in a West Virginia nursing home, call the elder abuse attorneys at Goddard & Wagoner, PLLC for immediate assistance.

Malnutrition and Dehydration

Nursing home residents often need help to get adequate food and water intake. Without enough hydration, the skin dries out, blood flow is decreased, and the kidneys are damaged. Without sufficient nutrition, the muscles break down and the entire body is significantly weakened, including the body’s immune system.

If you think your loved one is suffering due to in inadequate nursing home care, contact the nursing home lawyers at Goddard & Wagoner, PLLC for help.

Contact the West Virginia nursing home abuse lawyers at Goddard & Wagoner, PLLC today for a free consultation. We don’t get paid unless we secure money for you. 304-623-HELP (4357)