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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Over 1 million elderly citizens in the U.S. are currently living in assisted living facilities or nursing homes. Unfortunately, a lot of these people are neglected or abused after arriving at these residences, which their loved ones understood would provide them with suitable and courteous care. Recent studies have revealed that a large percentage of suspicious deaths that occur in assisted living facilities nursing homes are due to mistreatment and neglect. Dehydration, undernourishment, and infections from bed sores are some of the examples that may indicate evidence of neglect or abuse in the care of nursing home employees.

Abuse found in nursing homes may be physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual. Acts of violence, refusal, humiliation, sexual assault, and uncontrolled confinement are just a few of the examples of mistreatment reported in today’s nursing homes. It is essential to take action right away when issues like these begin to occur in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. The following issues are some examples that one should be aware of when investigating neglect or abuse:

  • Suspicious cuts, bruises, burn marks, or fractured bones
  • Changes in appetite or mood
  • Wetting the bed
  • Depression
  • Genital infections
  • Bed sores
  • Withdrawal from everyday activities
  • Weight problems
  • Hygiene issues
  • Safety risks
  • Insufficient medical care
  • Soiled or torn clothing
  • Misplaces possessions or money
  • Unexpected changes in financial or legal documents

Additional investigation may also be necessary if one is not permitted to visit assisted living residents in private, or if it seems that a nursing home resident is being taken advantage of financially. Neglect and abuse could eventually lead to extensive suffering or the wrongful death of a loved one in a nursing home, and these situations are often treated as a criminal issue. Residents in assisted living facilities or nursing homes and their families who have suffered from this type of misconduct may take civil legal action against the facilities and abusers involved.

If your loved one has suffered from abuse or neglect, it is time to take immediate action. Contact Eberstein & Witherite, LLP, for a free consultation with an experienced Texas nursing home abuse attorney. Our friendly, bilingual staff will also answer all of the questions surrounding your case and explain legal rights in plain English or Spanish, if necessary. It will not cost you anything to contact our firm, and you will not pay any out-of-pocket expenses or legal fees unless and until we obtain compensation for your injuries.