Even though nursing homes are heavily mandated by federal and state laws, the tragic reality is that nursing home abuse is a common problem, and many of the most vulnerable members of our society face neglect and abuse at the very hands of those who are supposed to protect them from harm.
Although many nursing homes are well-maintained with healthy, happy residents, too many are understaffed or have underqualified or incompetent employees. The perpetrators of nursing home abuse may think they can get away with abusing seniors, especially if they suffer from physical, cognitive, or mental limitations; but you can help put a stop to this.
At Haines Law, P.C., our Pasadena nursing home abuse lawyers will help you pursue compensation for any medical bills, pain or suffering caused by negligent or abusive nursing home staff. As a personal injury law firm, our injury attorneys fight for those who have been wrongfully harmed by another’s reckless behavior, and we are committed to pursuing justice on behalf of victims.
What Constitutes Nursing Home Abuse?
Elderly abuse may be in the form of physical, emotional, sexual, and/or financial abuse. Abuse is also related to neglect, as it often leads to serious when the victim’s needs are not adequately met. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and Texas Administrative Code states that nursing homes must promote “the highest possible mental, physical, and psychosocial wellbeing” of their residents. When that duty is breached, the victim and his/her loved ones have the right to hold the abusers accountable and seek compensation for the harm caused to the nursing home resident.
Even if the victim is unable to verbally communicate, it is possible to uncover signs of nursing home abuse. For instance, if a nursing home resident has persistent injuries that cannot be explained, or if they seem to behave in an unusual way, this could indicate that they are being abused. A lack of cleanliness at the facility is another problem, one that is more easily identified and should be noted, because elderly people are more susceptible to illness from germs.
Filing a Nursing Home Claim
If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, we can help you seek justice and pay for any associated medical expenses, even funeral and burial expenses in some cases. Because nursing home abuse and neglect is difficult to prove, and the law is particularly complex, it is in your best interest to retain an attorney to hold the facility liable.
A Pasadena nursing home abuse lawyer can help you complete the following steps in your nursing home abuse case:
- Gathering any relevant evidence
- Consulting with medical experts
- Issuing subpoenas when the nursing home refuses to provide necessary information
- Negotiating for a fair settlement offer on the victim’s behalf
- Taking the case to trial if the facility does not provide a full, fair compensation amount
Reach out to a Pasadena Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Our Pasadena nursing home abuse lawyers are dedicated to treating every case as though it were our only case. To that end, we provide powerful advocacy for nursing home abuse victims and their loved ones. Our team is here to help you around the clock.