Nursing Home Abuse
One of the most difficult decisions we will face is how to care for aging parents and grandparents. When the time comes for them to enter a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is gut wrenching. Feelings of guilt may be accompanied by fears of whether the facility is safe and whether it is properly caring for your mom, dad, grandfather or grandmother.
Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities are fine places with a compassionate staff. Some, however, focus too much on making a profit and not enough on patient care.
If you suspect abuse or neglect it is important that you document your findings with notes and photographs. You should also be aware of the possible signs of abuse or neglect including:
- Unexplained bumps and bruises
- Changes in personality and mood
- Changes in eating habits
- Signs of social withdrawal
- Signs of fear \when staff are nearby
- Bed sores
- Verbal complaints about the care or the staff
Do not ignore these signs. Be proactive in seeking explanations for what you see. Be an advocate for your loved one. And if you suspect abuse or neglect, call us. We will be their advocate as well.
We handle cases involving neglect and abuse of the elderly. These cases fall within the same laws that govern medical malpractice cases in Texas. Therefore, a thorough investigation of these cases is necessary before a victim can proceed. An expert report detailing the neglect and abuse is required prior to filing suit. A lawyer will spend a significant amount of money to determine whether there is even a case that you are able to pursue.
These cases require a lawyer with the resources to be able to hold the nursing home or facility accountable.