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NURSING HOME ABUSE

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HAS YOUR LOVED ONE BEEN ABUSED OR NEGLECTED BY A NURSING HOME?

Have you noticed bed sores? Have you noticed that your loved one has a changed, scared, paranoid, or aggressive demeaner about the staff? Have you noticed bruising or injuries? 

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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect


Reach out to our Injury Lawyers today. Nursing homes in Texas number about 1,235, but only 37 of them have received a top rating for their overall performance. The care of several elderly citizens residing in Texas has been entrusted to these facilities, but unfortunately, there have been recurrent records of neglect and abuse cases every passing year. A large percentage of these elderly parents are subjected to forms of neglect, mistreatment, and abuse from nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. They have been placed there by their loved ones who trusted that they would receive exceptional care, but sadly, the reverse is often the case.




Causes of Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes


Residents in nursing homes often require round-the-clock attention. Still, since these facilities are usually short-staffed and have a lot of other patients to attend to, it becomes an almost unattainable feat. The issue of shortage of staff, coupled with the dependency of the patients, makes residents more susceptible to neglect and abuse. Besides, some of the staff members may lack the necessary experience and training to cater for your elderly loved ones adequately. A 90-day research conducted by the CDC showed that 8% of nursing home residents in the United States visited a hospital emergency unit in 2004. And 40 % of these patients had potentially avoidable visits. Most of the injuries sustained were caused by falls. This is a major concern for not just the country, but also the state of Texas.




Signs of Neglect and Abuse


Some of the popular signs of nursing home neglect and abuse are: Malnutrition and starvation Verbal abuse Broken or fractured bones Bedsores or pressure sores Falls due to inadequate monitoring Untreated infections Mysterious death Physical or verbal abuse Dehydration




Signs to Watch for When You Suspect Neglect or Abuse


Abuse isn’t always physical and may not always be obvious. Some of the warning signs of physical or emotional abuse to look out for are listed below. Depression and low self-esteem Frozen joins Rapid weight loss Unexplained bruises Frequent mood swings Unnecessary use of physical restraints Sudden confusion or dementia Anxiety and agitation Caregiver’s refusal for alone time with visitors Strange behaviors like biting or rocking Withdrawal from friends and family At Rodriguez Law Firm, PC, we recognize how important you consider your loved on to be. We have made it our priority to ensure that they receive the necessary care they deserve, and we do this by working with you to evaluate how they are treated. If we find any of the signs mentioned above in your loved one or we discover that they seem to have a change in the mental state of your loved one compared to their state before the nursing home If your loved one shows any of the signs mentioned above or seems to be different mentally than before their stay at the nursing home, one of our attorneys can help you investigate the situation further. Our mission is to help you get justice for your loved one.




Uncertain if there’s abuse?


All kinds of neglect or abuse are frustrating and should be held accountable. It even gets worse when the victim is unable to stand up for themselves or even talk about the mistreatment. Your elderly loved ones depend on the staff of their nursing home for their feeding, proper hygiene, and their overall health. This over-dependency makes them very susceptible to severe abuse. Working with our law firm gives you 30 years of insight from a team of attorneys that can provide you all the help you need today.




What does nursing home abuse or neglect mean?


Sadly, the nursing home has been connected to various cases of unjustifiably deliberate actions of emotional and physical abuse or neglect of patients by staff or orderlies in nursing homes. Unlike an unintentional act or a simple mistake, neglect and abuse can completely be prevented by a simple show of care to the resident. In a bid to make huge profits, the establishments responsible for running most nursing homes run them under-supervised, under-staffed, or most often than not, employ staff and orderlies who are inadequately trained. Some nursing home abuse cases are often as a result of medical negligence by a medical personnel ad other times due to negligence from a non-medical aid. It is also important to note that nursing home cases are not limited to negligence or malpractice.




What are the signs of abuse or neglect?


Some of the signs of emotional and physical abuse are:

  • Complains of abuse by the resident
  • Unexplained sores, bruises or broken bones
  • Unexplained physical restraint
  • Agitation and withdrawal from others
  • Unanswered questions concerning the resident’s condition
Some of the signs of neglect are:
  • Decubitus ulcers or bedsores
  • Complaints of severe hunger or thirst by resident
  • Soiled clothing or linens
  • Complaints by the resident
  • Dehydration or malnutrition
  • Infections
This isn’t a comprehensive list of the signs of abuse or neglect. Some other signs to look out for are heavy sedation or medication, emergency hospitalizations or room visits, suspicious and unexplained injury or death.




What should be my next step if I suspect nursing home abuse or neglect?


If you discover any of the above-listed signs or you suspect that your loved one is a victim of abuse or neglect, there are more than a few steps you can take. Contacting the director or administrator of the nursing home should be your first line of action. Make your complaints and demand a remedy and explanation for the change in the state of your loved one. As a follow-up, contact a nursing home abuse attorney to be briefed on your rights and get advice on how to file your claim and get a deserved settlement.




Why should I hire The Rodriguez Law Firm, PC?


Our attorneys at The Rodriguez Law Firm, PC have gained much experience in these type of cases and we have the required resources to handle complex nursing home lawsuits. Some of the staff and attorneys at The Rodriguez Law Firm, PC have elderly family members in nursing homes and understand that elderly citizens deserve both respect and protection since they can no longer protect themselves. We will represent you strongly and ensure that you get justice over the nursing home which has caused the injury or death.





The Best Attorneys are Here to Help

If you have a loved one who was seriously injured or died in a nursing home, bear in mind that it was never your fault. You have an opportunity to make things right. Our team of Nursing Home Neglect attorneys at the Rodriguez Law Firm can help you get through the process. Our team of qualified medical experts will begin with a review of medical records, which will help our experienced home abuse attorneys determine whether the claim is appropriate.

 

Rodriguez Law Firm is known for their experience in representing families whose loved ones have suffered from injuries resulting from nursing home neglect or abuse. Some of the compensation these victims and their families get are for burial expenses, physical pain and suffering, hospital bills and medical expenses, mental distress, and physical impairment.

 

So, if you are looking for a nursing home abuse attorney or you know somebody who has a loved one that is believed to be a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, come by our office as soon as you can.

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