Experienced Houston Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Was Your Loved One Injured or Killed in a Nursing Home?
The decision whether or not to place a family member in a nursing home is never easy. However, once the decision has been made, we expect that our loved ones' needs will be met and that they will be taken care of. We put our trust in these care homes to watch over over loved ones and provide them a safe environment.
Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and nursing home residents are at high risk for abuse at the hands of care staff or other residents. There are many reports of victims of nursing home abuse suffering from neglect, sexual assault, and financial exploitation. Whether due to understaffing stress, poor corporate policies, or outright greed, this form of elder abuse is all too common.
If your family member has been injured or killed due to neglect or abuse from nursing home staff, it is time to call a Houston elder abuse attorney to help your loved one seek justice. Our personal injury lawyers can help you with filing a claim and recovering the damages you and your loved ones need to heal.
Examples of Nursing Home Abuse
Not all injuries can be avoided in nursing homes. However, as the population ages, more people are placed in nursing and retirement homes. Elderly persons in such homes are often at the mercy of staff members. In this time, cases of nursing home abuse and neglect are becoming more and more common.
Certain care home patients are also more at risk for abuse. These can include patients with mental and physical disabilities or those with additional needs in comparison with the average resident. Residents are especially at risk if they have impaired communication abilities. Abused residents may even perpetuate abuse against other residents if there is a lack of oversight over patients.
At McDowell Law Group LLP, we represent the families of elderly nursing home patients who have suffered the following:
- Bed sores
- Broken bones
- Suspicious injuries
- Repeated falls
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Unexplained changes to mental health/sudden onset of mental illness
- Financial exploitation
- Wrongful death
If your family member has suffered any of the above, our elder abuse lawyers can help you investigate whether nursing home abuse or neglect occurred.
Some of the factors we look at include:
- Medical records
- Possible understaffing
- Quantity and quality of nourishment
- Staff to resident ratio
- The nursing home's history
Mental Health Patients in Nursing Homes
Throughout the state of Texas, a number of mental health hospitals have closed. Subsequently, many of these patients are being housed in nursing facilities. Most of these homes are not designed to meet the needs of mental health patients, and as a result, these patients may threaten the safety of elderly residents. In many cases, failure to provide appropriate security can create exposure to elderly abuse or assault.
Our first priority is to keep your loved one safe. We are committed to holding nursing homes accountable for their acts of neglect and abuse. Nursing facilities have a duty to ensure your loved ones are protected, and when nursing homes fail in that duty we can help you make them pay.
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Do you suspect your loved one was the victim of abuse or neglect in a long-term care facility? Our lawyers are experienced in pursuing nursing home abuse cases. We can listen to your concerns and let you know what we can do to help you during a free consultation.